Why Does Honey Crystallize?

By November 12, 2020June 15th, 2021You Ask, We Answer

What is honey crystallisation?

Honey crystallisation is a natural process, that occurs in raw honey in which the honey turns from a liquid to semi-solid state.

Why does honey crystallises? 

Honey contains natural sugars, fructose (fruit sugar), glucose (grape sugar) and water. Depending on the type of honey the content range from 30-44% fructose,  25-40% glucose, and around 20% water. The higher sugar content means the water in honey contains more sugar than it could naturally hold. When glucose crystallises and separates from the water, it takes the form of crystals. As the process progress and more glucose crystallises, those crystals spread through the honey and change the consistency, ultimately becoming thick or crystallised.

The pollen in honey also contributes to this process. These tiny bits of pollen and other goods found in unprocessed honey provide platform for the crystals to begin forming. Therefore, these goods speed up the crystallisation process, which is the reason to be filtered out in most commercials honey.

The different type of honey, crystallises at different speed. From 1 -2 month for rapeseed and sunflower honey to two years for acacia.

Temperature, relative humidity and the type of packaging, could also make a difference in the speed of crystallisation process.

Temperature below 10°C will slow down the process of crystallisation, whereas temperature between 10-23°C will favour the process. Higher temperature 27°C + delays crystallisation like lower ones, but could affect negatively some of the valuable honey components, if stored for a long period of time.

In order to offer you honey in rawest and purest form, our honey is never pasteurised, and is only coarse filtered to remove larger impurities like beeswax. Going against the commercial trend to sell golden coloured honey in liquid state.

Іf your hоnеу dоеѕ nоt сrуѕtаllіzе fоr а lоng tіmе, ехсерt fоr thоѕе tуреѕ оf hоnеу іn whісh thе nаturаl сrуѕtаllіzаtіоn рrосеѕѕ gоеѕ ѕlоwеr (асасіа), thаt оftеn іѕ а сlеаr іndісаtіоn fоr hоnеу аdultеrаtіоn.

”Liquid honey is the best to sell, but not always the best to buy”