What is Raw Honey?
Apiterra raw honey has never been heated or filtered.
Never heating and never filtering is the best way to preserve the natural minerals, vitamins, and enzymes found in raw honey as it exists in the beehive.
Never heated: when honey is heated above the average maximum temperature of a typical beehive (95 degrees Fahrenheit), most of the natural enzymes of honey are destroyed. Therefore we choose to not heat our raw honey, unlike other raw honey producers.
Never filtered: more than ¾ of honey that is sold is filtered, in order to remove all the pollen and beeswax, mostly for cosmetic reasons, sometimes to hide the origin. We like our raw honey to be real, so we choose to keep these elements, especially because pollen contains many beneficial vitamins.
What is Raw Honey and why it crystalizes?
According to the Natural Honey Board,
Crystallized Honey: Honey in which part of the natural glucose content has spontaneously crystallized from solution as the monohydrate. Also called "Granulated Honey."
Raw Honey: Honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling or straining without adding heat.
Natural raw honey does not spoil and unlike fake honey it will naturally crystallize (become more solid) but remains safe for consumption.
Many assume that crystallized honey is adulterated or ‘spoiled.’ This is absolutely not so. Real, raw honey crystallizes. The crystallization process is natural and spontaneous. Pure, raw and unheated honey has a natural tendency to crystallize over time with no effect on the honey other than color and texture.
What's more, the crystallization of honey actually preserves the flavor and quality characteristics of your honey.
Crystallization occurs because of the natural qualities inside. The natural sugars in honey (glucose and fructose) will bind together and begin to form little crystals, which can start making your honey harder. With differing blends, some honey will begin to crystallize faster than others.
When honey crystallizes, it is still as nutritious and sweet as ever! In fact, the crystals prove that your honey is high quality and hasn’t been processed. It means that nutritious pollen hasn’t been filtered out and important enzymes haven’t been damaged by pasteurization.
Apiterra Raw Honey is more likely to crystallize, because we do not heat our honey at high temperatures (or pasteurize).
To get your honey back to a smooth consistency, gently warm the jar in a pot of warm water and stir. If you heat and cool pure honey, you will alter the taste and kill all healing and nutritional values.