Raw Honey

About Raw Honey

An open beekeeper hive - Albuquerque, NM

What is Raw honey?

Raw honey is honey that is unheated, unprocessed, and unfiltered. The frames of honeycomb are removed from the hive, capped with a heated knife, and spun in a centrifuge which extracts the honey. Honey that has passed through a screen to remove the large particles of honeycomb isconsidered "unfiltered" if the screen is large enough to allow all particles, including the pollen, through.

The Difference

The honey that you find in many stores is filtered, heated, and processed, removing the nutrient-rich pollen, and changing many of the properties. This will make it a light, clear, and syrupy consistency. Real honey should be thicker, often can be darker (depending on the type), and should containing pollen from the local flowers and plants. It should also crystalize when left over time. Eating raw honey that is local and contains the pollen of local plants provides you with the local pollen nutrients, health benefits, and is said to help people with allergies when used consistently.

Not to mention the taste. Local honey has a unique flavor that only the plants can provide. Orange blossom, clover, chamisa, and other plants will determine the flavor variety that the bees make.

A dark Albuquerque local honey.

Local Arizona Honey

Raw honey has many natural benefits including promoting good digestion, antiviral/antibacterial properties, antibiotic properties, antioxidants, skin treatment, immune system, and much more!

Keep plenty of jars in your kitchen to substitute sugar in your baking and drink mixes. Since it never goes bad, you can stock up and store it indefinitely.

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Ancient Honey and its Uses

The history of honey can be traced back to at least 8,000 years ago, through rock paintings found in caves! In Ancient Egypt, honey was used not only for sweetening dishes, but as an embalming for the dead. It was a prized ingredient in ancient Rome, China, and Mesoamerica. The Bible refers to honey in many passages throughout Genesis, Exodus, Samuel, and Matthew. Proverbs 16:24 compares pleasant words with honey: "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."

Today's Use

It's unfortunate that today honey is regarded as a mere condiment, and that the quality is reduced to a cheap syrup on store shelves in bear-shaped bottles. The truth is that raw and unfiltered honey has such a variety of uses that the processed and pasteurized versions strip away.

Raw Honey has antiviral/antibacterial properties, which makes it a great cold-remedy product. It can be used to treat skin cuts and burns. It can be stored indefinitely, making it a great storage food item. And it tastes delicious! Different bee pollination creates different flavors of honey.

If you purchase a local unfiltered raw honey, you'll get the local plant life ingredients. This makes the flavor unique, and also provides local pollen to assist with allergies.

Finding Local Raw Honey

I would recommend that you check out your local farmers markets or craigslist farm/garden section to find a beekeeper selling honey. LocalHarvest.org can point you to a farmer's market near you. Some smaller herb shops and natural food stores might also carry local honey. Just be sure to look for "Raw" (or unheated) and "Unfiltered." I've been able to find sources in Albuquerque, NM and Phoenix, AZ region if you would like my own personal recommendation.