Buying real honey is becoming more and more difficult because even beekeepers mix real honey with artificial honey in small apiaries. When we are not sure what source of honey we buy comes from, then the ability to check its quality can be very useful.
You wanted to buy real honey and you failed again? Honeycombs and smiling bees on jar labels do not mean that the product has at least a bit of real honey.
What does real honey contain?
Not without reason, honey, thanks to its medicinal properties, finds such widespread use. Carbohydrates, organic acids, essential oils derived from nectar, polyphenolic compounds, proteins, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, folic acid – in honey about 300 substances beneficial to the human body were isolated. Liquid honey has been named not only because of its colour but mainly because of its preventive and healing properties.
The taste of real honey – sweetness and light throat scratching
Much depends on its taste. Beekeepers and honey gourmets, by trying the delicacy produced by bees, can determine its age, the way it was stored, and taste the additional substances that should not be found in real honey. Honey without additives at the beginning is very sweet. After a while, natural aromas are released, after which it is recognized what the honey was made of. There should be a slight burning sensation in the mouth and scratching in the throat (most noticeable in buckwheat honey). If honey is devoid of this aftertaste, then we are certainly dealing with an artificial product made of water and sugar.
1. Drip Test. Take the honey into a teaspoon and pour it on a plate with a steady stream. If it drips evenly without ripping and forming a cone on the plate, it is natural honey. The consistency of artificial honey will be uniform, without any lumps and the honey will spill over the plate.
2. Dissolution test. Pour a teaspoon of honey into a glass of cold water. If it dissolves unevenly, creating streaks in the water, you can be sure that the honey is of good quality. Artificial honeys dissolve evenly and quickly.
3. Weight test. There should be no less than 1.4 kg of honey in a liter jar.
4. Crystallization. Well stored honey can last up to a year, but it should crystallize a few months after harvesting. It is a natural process that always occurs in real honey. Crystallization does not change its nutritional properties.
Can you heat honey?
Yes, if it has crystallized and you want it to change its state to liquid one, you can heat it by putting a jar of honey in a pot with warm water (its temperature should not exceed 25 degrees C) and stirring with a wooden spatula. Remember that honey, when heated to a temperature above 40 degrees Celsius, loses its properties.