We’re nearly into our third month of beekeeping and we’re still learning so much. No honey harvest for us right now because our hives are too new still, but I see local beekeepers harvesting and selling their liquid gold.
If you have never tasted raw honey, then you’ve missed out on something that’s quite amazing.
I used to say that “I didn’t like honey”.
I found it to be ‘sickly sweet’.
I’d also assumed that honey was honey! I didn’t have a clue until I tasted fresh, raw honey. My mind was blown. Raw honey is liquid gold.
Why Raw Honey is Liquid Gold?
First, what’s not in honey!? Amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes antibacterials, antivirals, antioxidants!
You can easily do a web search to find dozens of sites telling you the same thing – that pure, raw honey is an amazing food with many health benefits.
Pure raw honey is NOT heat treated and is NOT hyper filtered – both processes that remove and/or destroy the health giving benefits of liquid gold honey!
- >20 Amino Acids – some of which are essential, meaning our bodies have to get it from food we eat
- >24 Minerals including Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium
- Vitamins including vitamins A,C,K,E & B complex
- Pollen contains vitamins & minerals and is removed by hyper filtration
- Antioxidants which remove disease causing free radicals from our bodies
- Antibacterial & Antiviral properties which help support our immune systems
- Glucose & Fructose sugars for energy
Not going to turn this blog into a biochemistry lecture, but I think you can see that pure, raw natural honey really is liquid gold from the many health benefits that it can provide for us.
What I Used to Buy
A while ago, I listen to a PBS radio program about the honey on our grocery store shelves ie all the major chains. So much of it has come from China and has been hyper filtered. This removes all traces of pollen from the product so there is no way to trace where it actually came from. If you study pollen, then you can tell which flowers the bees visited to make their honey.
Hyper filtration, as well as stoping you from knowing the source of the “honey”, removes so much of the healthy properties of raw honey. This whole process also means that we (as consumers) have no way of knowing whether this “honey” has been diluted with sugar syrup or otherwise adulterated!
Why am I telling you all of this? To make you more aware of what you’re actually eating – read labels, do your own research. Many of us, me included, blindly reach for products from the grocery store shelves.
Now more than ever, we need to know what’s been put in our food.
My eyes have been opened with regard to honey. If you don’t believe be, visit a local farmers market and taste some local raw honey. I think that you’ll find that it really is liquid gold!
Examples of Bad Honey
For the Love of Biochemistry!
Although it’s been nearly a quarter of a century since I was a practicing biochemist, that love and passion still beats deep in my soul. This week it came out strongly as I worked on a design for the long Langstroth hive that Stuart’s build for my Italian bees. I call it a “Floral Interpretation of Glucose & Fructose” – the two sugars found in honey.
Please don’t zoom in and count the numbers of each flower – I know I’ve painted the wrong number of ‘hydrogen’ atoms on some of the ‘molecules’ Remember it’s only an interpretation of the glucose hexagons and fructose pentagons! I don’t consider that I’m an artist, but I’m pretty happy with the results.
I challenge you all to go and find yourself some pure, raw, local Liquid Gold. You’ll never want to eat any other honey.