Honey us yummy! Pooh Bear loves it… so does Paddington… so do humans. But, have you ever truly wondered what honey is, where it comes from and why it is so delicious??
Honey is made from honeybees and is a sweet, golden liquid that they produce in their hive (aka. nest). The honeycomb is shaped by thousands of small hexagons all linked together; this is where the honey is stored.
When honey undertakes the term ‘Raw’, it signifies that the honey comes straight from the honeycomb, with no pasteurization or heat treating.
What does your honey REALLY contain you ask?
To be quite honest it is made up of bee pollen (Honey is the result of flower nectar processed by Honeybees through enzymatic reaction and dehydration), beeswax and will naturally contain body parts of dead bees in the hive. Yuk!! With this knowledge in mind beekeepers always pass the honey through a sieve to ensure any unwanted impurities are caught before it is bottled.
This next question is courtesy of my 7-year old daughter… Am I eating bee poo??
For those that are curious…. Nope! What happens to the bee poop then, you wonder?! Bee poop is the non-digestible fibre in honey and pollen that bees eat as their only source of food.
During ancient times, people would have used raw honey, but today, most people use pasteurized honey. Whether this is due to cost, ease of buying everything all in one place, who knows. What we do know is that by buying honey from our local shops we are supporting small businesses and shopping local, while benefiting our health.
Honey naturally offers some the following healthful properties:
I hope this has shed some light on one of natures wonders. Do you eat raw honey? Have you felt the benefits of it? Are you going to try raw honey?
Comment below and let us know!
If you are looking for a locally sourced honey you can find it in store here.
Jo is an entrepreneur, writer, and investigator for all things healthy for the mind, body, soul, and planet. And, not to dismiss, a long-term collector of allergies, intolerances, and chronic illnesses! In early 2020, after a stark realisation that her health was being impacted by her current direction in business, she redirected her career, using years of personal research and development to launch Ecological Footprints. A lifestyle brand for the whole family (furry kids included), selling a wonderful selection of plastic free, biodegradable daily living products, a food shop full of gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegan foods, and a safe place for us all to explore her blog – her journey into eco-friendly sustainability, clean living to maintain health & chronic illnesses and yummy free-from recipies for all the family. When she’s not working you can find her spending time with her family, enjoying the countryside or in her little organic veggie garden!