Some people like their honey clear, ‘blemish’- free and easy to pour. Well, that stuff might be sweet but it ain’t really honey, honey! Honest to goodness honey has ‘bits’ in it – wax particles, pollen, propolis (bee glue), honeycomb or a combination of all of this. Raw honey might be cloudy, a bit crunchy or need warming to make it spreadable, but that’s precisely what makes it so good for you.
What is raw honey?
Raw honey (nectar from flowers, gift from bees) is unheated, unpasteurised and completely unprocessed. It retains all of its just-as-nature-intended goodness. Meanwhile, many store-bought honeys are heavily processed, heat-treated and filtered to remove so-called ‘impurities’. They’re often blended with multiple varieties from unknown locations and some even contain additives like corn syrup to make them more liquid. Too much processing strips honey of its health benefits, so you may as well eat a sugar cube.
What’s so good about it?
Raw honey is full of essential vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc, potassium, antioxidants, enzymes and phytonutrients. It has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties and is what’s known as a ‘functional’ food thanks to its natural goodness.
How do I use it?
Any way you want! In tea, on toast, drizzled over yoghurt, in cereal and in place of sugar in baking or homemade salad dressings and sauces. Heck, eat it straight from a teaspoon if you like! (A teaspoon of raw honey contains around 88 kilojoules and typically ranks lower on the GI scale than plain sugar.)
Why buy local?
Buying your raw honey locally supports local beekeepers who are doing their bit to help delicate, at-risk ecosystems. Experts also believe that exposure to pollen allergens in local honey can, over time, help provide relief from seasonal allergies. There are so many local varieties to try and they all taste amazing!