One of the fundamental factors to feel good and to have good health, is to follow a healthy lifestyle, therefore to eat and to eat well. A healthy diet should be balanced and rich in quality, natural and true foods. Foods that bring us benefits for our health. Among these foods with great benefits, we have raw honey. However, not all honeys are of the same quality. Unfortunately, honey is one of the most frequently handled foods.
In order for you to be informed and know what you buy and what you take, we will see the following points:
The first of all is where to buy quality honey
What should you know before buying quality raw or pure honey?
Quality parameters of honey
Current methods of stopping adulterated honey
What’s the honey mixed with?
Finally, if you want to know more about honey you can also visit: Unpasteurized raw honey. Also, in our shop we offer a magnificent variety of quality raw honeys (rosemary, eucalyptus, thyme, lavender and many more). All the honeys we sell are from serious and honest beekeepers. In addition, we frequently visit to ensure this quality of what we sell.
First of all, before we start reading this article, we would like you to see where the honey comes from with this video:
1. Where to buy raw honey?
The first question you ask yourself is where to buy it. Unless you become a beekeeper and make it yourself or live in a jungle and steal it from wild beehives. This would be ideal, but it is not the case. The places where we can acquire it are the following ones:
Supermarkets: This would be the easiest and most comfortable place. A large area as its name indicates is a space where we find everything, so we can also find our honey here. These are usually located in strategic places of easy access and comfort, being its great advantage the price of its products.
Gourmet shop: Gourmet shops are shops specialising in quality products and selected with good customer service. Their assortment is more expensive but their quality is much higher than the large surface.
Specialised shops: These offer us a wide range of honeys, such as our shop located in Las Rozas in Madrid. Apart from finding quality in them, the variety is enormous. If you are fond of honey, you have it clear, where you have to go, to a store specializing in honey. The customer service is excellent and the knowledge of their product is invaluable.
Buying from the beekeeper: Buying from the farmer ensures you get quality honey, but the problem is the collection of the product. If you go there, it is perfect, but if to buy their honey, you have to do hundreds of kilometres, it can be a big problem.
Online shops: the online shop would be the option that is being imposed and offers the great advantage of comfort, you get home without having to move from the armchair. This could be just an online store, which only has its own internet platform and a store, or any type of store that also has a website. In this case, it would have some of the characteristics of the previous mentioned.
These are the options we have to buy a honey. However, before saying which is the best, let’s ask ourselves a few questions before going to buy a new bottle of honey.
2. What should you know before buying honey?
These are the options we have to buy a honey. However, do we know what a quality honey looks like? Can we know its traceability? Read on and you will learn useful information.
We’ve written a lot of articles about this. A quality honey must always be raw and not pasteurised, i.e. it must be solidified or tend to solidify. This would be the first step to buy a quality honey. All the honeys that are liquid and never solidify with the cold, indicate to us that this honey is not of quality. As a consequence, they are honeys that have pasteurized them, that is to say, they have subjected them to high temperatures where they lose their enzymes and vitamins. Except for the dark honeys: heather, holm oak and forest, which take a long time to solidify. Other honeys crystallize quickly; rosemary, orange blossom, lavender and eucalyptus. Crystallization happens as it is the lowest glucose sugar energy state. This process is accelerated with temperatures close to 12 degrees Celsius.
Other characteristics of raw honey
Other fundamental characteristics of a quality honey are its floral aromas and fruity flavours when savoured. A honey that neither tastes nor smells makes it clear that it has been manipulated.
Next we show an image of the places in Spain where the best honeys are produced, Guadalajara.
Photo 1: Laundry and poppy field in Guadalajara
Are large productions of honey synonymous with quality?
Let’s go to the origin of honey. Honey comes from the nectar of flowers or from the mielatos of trees through bees. Beekeepers take care of them and extract the honey from their beehives in a harmless way. If we are looking for quality honey, we must be sure who sells it to us. It must come from a specific place and not be mixed with honeys from other places or different seasons. Therefore, we must know its traceability.
A large beekeeper or a packer if he supplies large productions of packaged honey will have to pack honeys from different places and if he wants honey with a more stable and homogeneous flavour he will have no choice but to mix them. This is where we would lose the peculiarities of a honey, where we would also lose quality. If in addition, this great producer or packer, adjusts prices as they ask for the big surfaces, already it would not have another one that to mix its honeys with others of low quality, if not it mixes them with other substitute products, therefore, we would load totally the quality.
Therefore, you want a quality honey, you must buy from a small or medium beekeeper and he can not supply large volumes, because he would have no choice but to lower quality. Therefore, these brands sold in large supermarkets and known by all, can not be honeys of quality.
Is quality honey worth so little?
Another factor that should make us think is the price. Can a quality honey have a low price? or how can it be that the bulk price is more expensive than that of retail and packaging?
I like to liken this to buying a good car. Do you think that if you sell you a car at half its market price, you are making a good purchase. You should think the same thing when you buy your honey in purchase with a good raw honey.
Who ensures the traceability of honey?
From a theoretical point of view, the traceability of each small and large company could be the same. However, in reality the traceability of a large company, at least for the end consumer, does not exist. The traceability of a small or medium beekeeper is easily known. Only one has to visit their facilities and see firsthand all their facilities and way of working. So we can know what we eat.
Is it worthwhile for a small beekeeper to sell his honey production to a large area?
If a small beekeeper wants to make a living from the honey in his hives and decides to sell his entire production to a large area or a packaging plant, I don’t think his life will last long. The big surfaces by own experience and by acquaintances squeeze to the maximum, and if you want to work with them and to live of it, or low qualities or you do not cover neither costs. They should also sell large volumes and they would have no choice but to buy from other producers, mix them and low qualities. Therefore, if the beekeeper sells quality raw honey, it does not compensate him to sell it in a large area.
3. Quality parameters of honey
The most important parameters to evaluate if the honey is of quality, are the following:
Absence of insecticides, antibiotics and heavy materials
Honey freshness: Honey freshness is measured by the 5-hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) parameter and diastic activity.
Origin of glucose and fructose:
4. Honey Manipulation
Honey is one of the most manipulated foods that exist, along with milk and olive oil. The way to manipulate honey is very easy, and if the manipulation is well done, it is very difficult to find out.
The international regulations of the commercialization of the honey, determines that this product can be heated lightly to facilitate its packaging. It also allows it to be filtered to remove any foreign substance that the honey may contain. It may contain some bees residue or wax. However, under no circumstances may it be mixed with any additive or other substance.
Adulteration of honey may occur accidentally or intentionally. In this second case, it would be a fraud. Therefore, these intentional actions must be avoided. Acid adulteration may be due to poor storage conditions, high temperatures and poor hygienic conditions. This type of adulteration leads to an alteration of the properties, flavors and benefits of honey. Intentional adulteration has the purpose of removing and selling something cheaper, at a higher price.
The ways to alter honey intentionally are:
Elimination of its natural pollen, in order to hide its origin.
Addition of other sweeteners, to lower the price of honey
These alterations cause an alteration of the honey. As a result, honey loses its health benefits. In addition to the serious economic damage to all beekeepers who sell quality honey
Raw honey vs honey. Why shouldn’t you buy adulterated honey?
Honey sweetening has several levels. It can be slightly adulterated when pasteurized. In this way we break the glucose crystals and make it always liquid. We can also reach the manipulation estremo. The manipulation of honey consists of throwing other products that have nothing with the honey, such as rice silopes, corn and other things that only know those who adulterate the honey.
To buy these types of adulterated honey, whether of one degree or another, it is better to buy sugar. In the end if you buy white sugar you know what you drink, not in adulterated honey. Adulterated honey is not honey, it is not real honey. If it is adulterated, it is not directly honey, and therefore it will not possess its properties.
In the United States and the European Union, they have been denouncing for years that in large supermarkets products are sold with the label indicating that it is honey but in truth it is not. From here we also ask our government and the European Union to legislate well what is honey and what is something else.
5. Current methods of stopping adulterated honey
Liquid chromatography (HPLC),
The way to detect adulteration of honey, s analyzing the origin of fructose and glucose in honey. The two major components of honey. This can be analyzed by liquid chromatography (HPLC).
The sweetening in these cases consists in throwing glucose and fructose syrups of another honey into the honey. Mix it with a national honey or directly, or directly sell the syrup as a honey. Therefore, this is a clear fraud to the consumer.
Useless methods of detention
Honey from China or other Asian countries can be mixed with rice syrup, beet and sugar. On the Internet it is said that with homemade methods, it is easy to detect its falsity. Methods such as genetic memory or the bubble. If the manipulation is very coarse, anyone can detect it, just savouring it. However, the only way to find out for sure is through refractometry, a very expensive method that hardly anyone else does.
6. What’s the honey mixed with?
The fraud of honey, as we have said before, consists of buying a cheap product and selling it at a high price. In the case of honey, this is being achieved with the use of molasses from corn or glucomiel. Products that do not have the properties of quality raw honey.
7. Can you find high quality raw honey in Supeermarkets?
Honey handling is a very important issue for beekeepers, retailers and consumers. Since public administrations, both food and health, should monitor the origin and quality of honey. What we have today in many markets is consumer fraud.
For this reason, the demand for quality and Spanish honey is increasing. People want honey for its health benefits, and they do not want fraudulent honey that does not bring any health benefits.
Also, to avoid fraud, the only solution we have left is to always buy raw honey from small and medium-sized beekeepers. In addition, we must inform those of us who buy it well, so that we are not deceived.
Finally, if we value comfort, the best option is the Internet. If, in addition, we want information, we should buy it in specialized stores. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find it in large supermarkets.
Photo 2: Melliferous flower, orange blossom
Our shop in Las Rozas de Madrid
In our shop in Las Rozas de Madrid specialized in raw honey you will find the largest variety of raw honeys. High quality Spanish, European and international honey.
We have the most common varieties such as orange blossom honey, heather, eucalyptus, rosemary and thyme. Also a great variety of honeys more difficult to find as the chestnut. cilantro, lemon, maluka, etc.. More than 30 varieties of honey in total. As a shop specialising in hive products, you will find pollen, royal jelly. We also have a large assortment of cosmetic products made with honey, royal jelly and propolis; hand creams, anti-ageing, regenerating, anti-fall shampoos, etc…
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