Raw and pure honey

Bees produce different products that are of great use to man: honey, propolis, wax, royal jelly and bee venom. In our shop in Las Rozas in Madrid we have a fantastic selection of all of them at your disposal. All brought by serious and honest beekeepers. Therefore, everything we sell is of the highest quality.

Next we are going to give you a brief explanation of each one of them.


1. Raw and pure beehoney 

Pure and raw honey is a natural product that comes from plants through bees. The food source can be obtained in two ways:

  • The nectar produced by the flowers of the plants
  • By substances exuded by insects and stingers, called myelates.

First of all, the bees collect nectar and myelates from the plants, store them in their crop, at the same time that they smear pollen and carry out pollination. As a result, they transmit pollen from flower to flower.

Also, in the bee’s crop, the raw material is mixed with its saliva, which fluidizes it and enriches it with enzymes, and with biochemical catalysts that participate in the transformation of honey sugars. Then, once the bee has filled its crop, it moves to the hive, in order to empty its contents to its companions.

Video on honey production

Then, once the pecorator bees take it to the hive, they pass it on to their sister bees. In the same way, this nectar or honeydew is passed from one to the other. Therefore, they pass it from stomach to stomach in order to enrich it, lower its content in water and transform it.

Finally, they deposit this food which could already be honey in the cells of the hive. Here, its water content decreases even more. When it reaches a sugar concentration between 70 and 80%, the cells with the honey are closed with an opercle for later consumption.  That is to say, they operculan the cells.

Therefore, at this moment we would already have the honey ready to be collected. Approximately when 80% of the cells are operculated, the honey is at its optimum point.

  • Practices against quality

Some beekeepers, in order to obtain higher yields, collect honey from hives with low operculation rate. In other words, the honey is not made yet and has a higher water content. These practices lower the quality of the honey, because this honey can ferment. In addition, they sell you water for honey.

Like all fraudulent practices, these types of beekeepers sell water for honey. For this reason, we visit and deal directly with the beekeepers, to always offer you the best honey on the market. We know that there are cheaper honeys, but our first objective is quality.

2. Ecological or organic honey

With the increasing degradation of our planet and the increase in degenerative diseases, awareness of healthier living and care for the environment has entered fully into the world population.  Forms of life that are in harmony with our environment and take care of our health, with this objective the tendency of ecological feeding has arisen.

Honey bees, the bee species that produces pure honey in larger quantities and allows easy commercialization, play a fundamental role in the pollination of crops and natural spaces all over the world. Their expansion throughout the world, and sometimes unprofessional care of them, has led to the spread of local diseases from distant countries.

Today, the honeybee cannot survive on its own, because many diseases attack it and if it is not for the care of man, it would quickly disappear from the earth.

In addition, they must be treated and cared for every year. For, without proper treatment, their survival is impossible, even in the most unspoiled landscape on earth. This is where the difference lies between pure organic and conventional honey.

Pure organic honey uses only organic products, such as thymol. Conventional honey, on the other hand, can use chemical or pharmaceutical products.

Furthermore, both organic and conventional beekeepers of pure honey are controlled by government institutions, and in both there can be no remaining chemical products.

For this reason and from El Cortijuelo de San Benito we recommend to our clients that they focus more at the time of buying, in that the honey is raw or pure, that if it is ecological or not.


3. Composition of raw and pure honey:

The composition of honey depends on many factors, among the most important are: species of nectar or honeydew collected, soil conditions of the source, race of bees, state of health of the hive, time of year, etc..

In general, honeys from myelates (heather honey, forest honey, holm oak, oak…) are dark honeys than light honeys, which come from the nectar of flowers (orange blossom honey, rosemary, thyme. Eucalyptus…). Dark honeys therefore have a high concentration of minerals. On the other hand, light honeys are richer in nectar and antioxidants.

Therefore, the composition of honey can be divided into two groups, the major elements that make up over 95 to 99% of the dry matter of honey, and the minor components, the rest.

The major components have glucose (31%), fructose (38%), maltose and sucrose (10%).
The minor components: organic acids, amino acids and proteins, enzymes (glucose invertase, glucose oxidase, amylases α and β from bee saliva, large amount of vitamins, carotenoid pigments, flavonoids and minerals.


4. Properties of honey:

First of all, honey is a completely natural product with enormous medicinal and dietary properties. A food that everyone should take daily.

Among the most important properties, we can name the following:

  • Pure honey cures or reduces intestinal problems, stomach ulcers, help to fall asleep, constipation, sore throat.
  • It is an important source of energy and gives muscle vigor.
  • In its external use, it is ideal for healing burns, wounds. Its high content in sugars and the enzyme glucose-oxidase, causes the release of hydrogen peroxide along with low water content, provides bactericidal and antiseptic conditions.

In addition to many other properties that are known by traditional wisdom, but that science has not yet demonstrated.


5. Where to buy raw or pure honey?

Finding pure honey on the market isn’t that easy. Especially if you’re looking for it in supermarkets. A lot of the honey sold is not real honey.

Therefore, in our shop located in Las Rozas physical Madrid, you can find a fantastic selection of pure and raw honey from Spain and Europe. They all come from serious and honest beekeepers. As a result, we sell real honey.

Finally, if you wish, they can be sent to your home in Spain or Europe.

Sources:

The english media BBC

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