Day 9 – Sweet Ways to Choose Local Honey

Everyone knows that local, raw honey is the best honey. But how do you find it, and is it really any different than Cheapo Chinahoney (TM)?

We’re talking about the benefits of local honey, including seasonal allergies, antioxidants, and avoiding HFCS and other less natural sweeteners.

Is Your Local Honey Really Local?

So you’re in the store… and you see all this honey on the shelves, and somewhere you heard that a lot of the honey in stores is not real or local.One of my favorite stores is selling this “local” honey that we like and I like to support local beekeepers also even though I have bees. Well come to find out if it has one drop of real local honey…then it’s considered “local” it was coming from TX,

Unfortunately, it’s true. One of Doneil’s favorite stores is selling this “local” honey that we like and of course, as Regen Dads, we like to support local beekeepers. Well, we come to find out if it has one drop of real local honey… then it’s considered “local” even if it was coming from Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Oklahoma.

How to Make Sure Your Honey Is Truly Local

Just like in Episode 1’s questions about finding out if your local farmer is really local.

  • “Where are you located?”
  • “Where are your hives located?”
  • “Can I come see them?” (don’t need to but watch how the keeper reacts)
  • “Do you feed your bees? If so how often and what do you feed them?”

Why Does Buying Local Raw Honey Matter?

Raw unfiltered honey can bring TONS of great benefits that we hear of from others.  One example is Doneil’s oldest son’s allergy issues, which seem to go away after taking several tablespoons a day. Local pollen is key here.


Now, this is a question some people, including Jason, honestly have… what is it in the local raw honey that helps with the allergies? We’re seeing pretty quick benefits, which implies that it may not be the immunological impact of small amounts of the local pollen.

So here are some things to look at just to name a few:

  • Tastes better
  • More enzymes that aren’t destroyed by hot-processing
  • Comes with more antioxidants
  • Coats the throat and relieves irritation caused by allergies / illness

Links From the Episode

http://www.mybeeline.co/en/p/how-can-we-differentiate-100-pure-honey-and-adulterated-honey

Why Does Honey Crystalize, and Does Raw Local Honey Crystalize Faster?

So what about when my honey Crystallizes? Doesn’t that mean its fake? Or more real?

Nope it’s not fake. However, not all honey always crystallizes. This is characterized by the honey becoming thick and cloudy. And more important, crystallization does not mean that your honey has gone bad.

Why does it crystallize? Because of sugary substances in it. What happens during crystallization? During the process, glucose sugar separates from water and becomes crystals, while on the hand fructose remains in a liquid form.

What happens during crystallization? During the process, glucose sugar separates from water and becomes crystals, while on the hand fructose remains in a liquid form.

How long does it take to crystallize? From a few weeks to months after buying. The time it takes to crystallize depends on hi-low temps, the type of honey such as clover honey which crystallizes faster. Processing: did you buy it straight off the comb? Has it been strained?

What happens during crystallization? During the process, glucose sugar separates from water and becomes crystals, while on the hand fructose remains in a liquid form. How long does it take to crystallize? From a few weeks to months after buying. The time it takes to crystallize depends on hi-low temps, the type of honey such as clover honey which crystallizes faster. Processing: did you buy it straight off the comb? Has it been strained?

How long does it take to crystallize? From a few weeks to months after buying. The time it takes to crystallize depends on hi-low temps, the type of honey such as clover honey which crystallizes faster. Processing: did you buy it straight off the comb? Has it been strained?

So what we’re saying is…buy from a local beekeeper and ask lots of questions?

Yup you got it!

One Reply to “Day 9 – Sweet Ways to Choose Local Honey”

  1. Always buy local honey from a beekeeper that you trust. I get mine from “A Bee Friendly Company ” looking to make another batch of mead. Great shows guys!

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