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Honey is a staple in the kitchen, and in a natural mama’s cabinet. The best pure honey is raw, unfiltered, blended, and ethical. There are in fact over 300 known varieties of honey in the world today.
Because of this, How do we know the best type of honey to pick for our families?
Ultimately, the purpose should be to offer any product as nature intended, and to positively impact communities and the lives of the consumers.
You can choose raw, unfiltered honey.
You can choose a specific variety of honey, such as Manuka honey.
Or you can choose a run-of-the-mill company found cheaply on the shelf which contains corn syrup for fillers and to cut costs (yuck – don’t choose that!).
If you can’t find Manuka honey, or even if you can, I would suggest to also find a raw, unfiltered honey to keep as a staple in your home.
Keep reading to see why… and what is honey all about, anyway?
Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance made by bees, from the floral nectar by a variety of natural processes. Bees store honey in honeycombs, which are wax structures inside a beehive. There is a large variety of honey produced by honeybees, depending on where the colonies live and the types of flowers in the region.
Honey is a natural sweetener, and is very shelf stable per its composition and chemical properties; in fact, many microorganisms cannot grow in honey. The shelf life is often attributed to an enzyme found in the stomach of bees, which are partially responsible for the acidity and suppression of bacterial growth. On average, a hive will produce about 65 pounds of honey per year, and is collected by the honeycomb’s removal and subsequent extraction.
And a fun fact, there is an estimated 2 million tons of honey produced globally each year, with China leading worldwide, producing 29% of that total!
In this article we will examine Nature Nate’s Natural Honey in these categories.
Straight from the source, and that’s it.
Because in reality, cooked honey isn’t actual honey anymore. High heat kills all the good stuff that makes honey so extraordinary, and that is how much run-of-the-mill honey is processed: with heat. Instead, honey should be gently warmed in order to be handled, poured, lightly strained, and bottled.
Strained, not filtered.
The best honey we can consume should be straight from the hive. This means that naturally, some bee parts and chunks of pollen and wax will be floating around. Because of this, strain it. Straining, not filtering, let’s all the good stuff through, like pollen, but keeps the bigger stuff out.
A Balanced Flavor.
The best honey gives you the greatest of all things: a variety. Find a company which travels the country to partner with local, ethical beekeepers in order to get the best honeys for their blends. OR even better, go to your farmer’s market yourself to find a local beekeeper to purchase from, whom implements sustainable, ethical practices. Types of honeys can include clover, canola, wildflower, and tallow honey. As a result, a raw blended honey like this has a more complex and nuanced flavor. It is deep, balanced, and sweet. You can certainly tell the difference!
Direct from the bees to you.
The best honey comes from responsible and ethical beekeepers and honey companies, who take stewardship of the world’s resources seriously. This starts with bee health, includes sustainable practices in production facilities and offices, and ends with giving back to communities in need. Care for the entire honey ecosystem is important.
Why Does It Matter?
Bees are perfectly adapted to pollinate, helping plants grow, breed, and produce food. They do so by transferring pollen between flowering plants and so keep the cycle of life turning. The vast majority of plants we need for food rely on pollination, especially by bees: from almonds, and vanilla to apples and squashes. (source)
Do you really want to know the raw and unfiltered truth about honey?
Pick a sustainable, ethical, company when searching for your honey source; straight from the source.
Because in reality: it’s all about the bees, not just the honey they provide for us.
With all they do for us, we have a responsibility in making a positive impact on the future of bee health. Yes, the type of honey you use does matter. The company your purchase from does matter. The production and sustainability practices implemented have great importance.
Remember this: Choose raw, choose unfiltered, choose Makuna honey, and everywhere else, choose Nature Nate’s Honey Co.
~Katherine Newsom writes at Simple Natural Mama
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