Like the words ‘raw’ and ‘superfood’, pure honey is something that many people have heard of, but they don’t necessarily know what it means.
Natural honey, raw honey and pure honey are often confused with one another - you can read about the difference between raw honey and pure honey in a previous blog here, but right now let’s talk about pure honey. We will clear up any confusion before we tell you what it is and why our honey is pure.
In its simplest form, pure honey is gently filtered with nothing at all being added to the honey. No sweeteners, oils or flavours. This doesn’t mean that it is tasteless.
Honey gets its flavour from nature, from the pollen in the local flowers and plants that the bees forage on. This means you can get many types of pure honey; blossom, heather, manuka, bush etc.
Each specific honey will be unique and will depend on the environment the flowers (and bees) have had to thrive in. A bit like wine, a blossom honey from New Zealand will taste entirely different from blossom in Scotland, and preference comes down to a matter of individual taste.
Unlike what is known as raw honey, pure honey can be filtered to remove any nasties that shouldn’t be there; pollen, dead bees, dirt etc. To read more about raw honey, check out our blog here.
A bit like buzz words such as ‘raw’ and ‘natural’ there is a growing interest in eating food that has been untampered with. Any blend with other products dilutes this purity.
Corn syrup for example has been artificially removed from its source, then processed and blended with the honey from the hives, meaning the sugars are often harder for the body to break down.
Both heather and manuka honey have been discovered to have healing properties and people don’t want this to be affected.
Pure honey is healthy, in moderation. A teaspoon a day is recommended to soak up all the nutritional goodness.
As mentioned, our pure heather honey has been discovered to have naturally healing properties such as;
Read one of our older blogs to find out more about the discovery of these natural healing properties of our pure honey by clicking here.
Most pure honeys will say on the jar, but if not, there are several ways you can test if your honey is pure.
As a rule of thumb, the cheaper the honey, the more likely it is to be adulterated aka blended, mixed with additives etc. The best honey has a ton of health benefits, and only a small amount is produced, so it’s priced accordingly.
For The Scottish Bee Company, that means we can give our beekeepers the compensation they deserve for their expert knowledge of plant and animal biology, and the hard manual work they do in our isolated apiary sites to produce 100% pure honey.