To clear-up any confusion let me say: ALL of our honey is raw.
The information below is also posted on my FAQ'S page and I hope it helps answer any question you may have about raw liquid & crystallized honey.
Raw simply means not pasteurized and not highly filtered. Honey is a super-saturated solution, very vicous and very low in moisture, so it is self-preserving and does not need to be pasteurized to be packaged. You may have seen raw honey advertised that is chunky and filled with wax particles and specks that fly off the combs after being uncapped during the extraction process. There is no need to eat honey with unknown particles in it to be considered raw. Most commercial honey packers will filter their honey through diatomaceous earth, giving it a longer shelf life before it crystallizes. Honey will sometimes transform into a semi-solid (crystallized) state, this happens when it is kept in cool conditions. I have many customers insisting that only crystallized honey is raw. This in fact is not true. Most honeys will crystallize over time, even those that have been highly filtered, if stored at temperatures around 57 - 60 degrees F. Think about this: when honey bees make honey it is raw and NOT crystallized! It is in liquid form. Technically ALL of our Honey is considered RAW because it is not pasteurized and not micron filtered.
Tests show most 'Store Honey' has been 'Ultra-Filtered', removing all pollen and hiding the honey origin. Read the report: HERE
More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn't exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News. It's common practice for the large honey packers to highly filter their honey. The cleaner the honey, the longer the shelf life, (staying liquid before crystallizing). Ultra-filtration removes all traces of pollen. All of the beekeepers I know, including myself, do not have the capability to 'ultra-filter'. This is usually done by pressure filtering the honey through diatomaceous earth, removing any traces of natural pollen.
Our honey is strained through a stainless steel mesh and nylon to remove any small bits of beeswax but it still retaines all of the natural goodness and pollen.
Honey is a natural food, let's keep it that way!
Buy your honey from a local beekeeper!
I’m a believer in “buying local”. If you purchase honey from one of the big packers that bottle the “store brands” you’re most probably buying foreign honey, honey brought in from Brazil, Argentina, Viet Nam, & China. Haven’t we brought enough food into this country from China? Why not support U. S. Agriculture? Buy American! If you are purchasing the discounted "store brands"to save 10 cents with your club card give this some serious thought. Read this article about Honey Laundering published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 2008, and this article, Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves, dated Aug. 15, 2011, in Food Safety News. When you buy food from foreign countries do you really know what you are buying? Do you really know where your honey is coming from? Read this recent story: 11 Execs caught in Honey Sting! Here you will learn how some foreign honey is adulterated with ...illegal additives that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says cannot be permitted in any food product -- included mostly small amounts of the antibiotics and antibacterial drugs Ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin, Chloramphenicol and Furazolidone. "11 Execs, 6 Foreign Firms Caught in Honey Sting"
I have to say it again ... "Haven't we brought enough food into this country from China?" I can’t produce honey as cheap as China but my Dad always said: “You only get what you pay for.”
"The Darker side of Honey"
Dark Honey, like dark chocolate, can be a better source of health-protecting antioxidants than its lighter-color counterparts. In a study of honey varieties, researchers looked at three shades of honey: the dark honey showed the greatest potential for helping to protect cells from harmful substances (free radicals) that cause aging & disease. Researchers suspect the protection comes from the antioxidant powered phenols & amino acids found in dark honey!
If you have any allergies to local plants, try eating locally produced honey….you may be surprised. It helps! Locally produced honey has small amounts of pollen in it from the plants indigenous to this area, plants that you may have allergies to. By consuming local honey with trace amounts of this pollen your body is building up a resistance to your allergy.
Why not give it a try! It can’t hurt! Honey is natural and healthy for you!