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All about honey

"Honey is a mixture of sugars and other compounds. With respect to carbohydrates, honey is
mainly fructose (about 38.5%) and glucose (about 31.0%), making it similar to the synthetically
produced inverted sugar syrup which is approximately 48% fructose, 47% glucose, and 5%
sucrose. Honey's remaining carbohydrates include maltose, sucrose, and other complex
carbohydrates. Honey contains trace amounts of several vitamins and minerals. As with all
nutritive sweeteners, honey is mostly sugars and is not a significant source of vitamins or
minerals. Honey also contains tiny amounts of several compounds thought to function as
antioxidants, including chrysin, pinobanksin, vitamin C, catalase, and pinocembrin. The specific
composition of any batch of honey will depend largely on the mix of flowers available to the
bees that produced the honey.

Typical honey analysis:


Fructose: 38.5% Glucose: 31.0% Sucrose: 1.0% Water: 17.0% Other sugars: 9.0% (maltose,
melezitose) Ash: 0.17% Other: 3.38%
Honey has a density of about 1.36 kilograms per liter (36% denser than water).
The best honey is in the uncut honey combs. After being pumped out from there it is very
vulnerable, and the main losses of quality take place during preservation and distribution.
Heating up to 37°C causes loss of nearly 200 components, part of which are antibacterial.
Heating up to 40°C destroys the invertase—the main bee enzyme, thanks to which the nectar
becomes honey; heating up to 50°C turns the honey into caramel (the most valuable honey
sugars become analogous to synthetic sugar). Generally any larger temperature fluctuation
(10°C is ideal for preservation of ripe honey) causes decay."

"All honeys are not the same and do not possess the same therapeutic advantages; therefore,
honey should not be considered as a generic term.[6] Medihoney™ Antibacterial Honey
(Medihoney™ Pty LTD, Richlands, Australia) is a standardized medical honey that is available
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in many countries including Australia, United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, Austria, and Turkey.
It is selected for its antibacterial activity and predominantly sourced from Leptospermum
species. Sterility of products is validated against international standards and products are
manufactured to meet international quality system requirements. The antibacterial activity of
Medihoney is validated for the shelf life of the product, complying with the European Medical
Device Directive. The Maori (Polynesian settlers of New Zealand) vernacular name for
Leptospermum honey is manuka, the name by which it is more popularly known."
From: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/565016

Why my honey is even better than organic honey


1. Today is very difficult to find natural real honey, because almost all beekeepers, and
especially those in the commercial sector, do not apply natural beekeeping techniques that
were used in the past, which has led to a large-scale weakening of bee colonies. For example,
almost all beekeepers now use immense amounts of chemicals to fight mites and other
diseases. In addition, they feed their colonies with syrups and other supplements. My bee
colonies are healthy because they are mite resistant Russian bees and I have been practicing
only natural beekeeping.
2. Most honeys found in the supermarket are not raw or organic honey but “commercial" honey,
which has been heated and filtered so that it looks cleaner and smoother, more appealing on
the shelf, and easier to handle and package. Only truly raw state honey that has never been
processed will crystallize with intensity and has full beneficial properties nature intended. When
honey is heated, its delicate aromas, yeast and enzymes which are responsible for activating
vitamins and minerals in the body system are partially destroyed. Hence, such honey is not as
nutritious as raw honey. I prefer to call such liquid product a “honey syrup”.
3. In order for honey to be certified organic, the apiary must be placed in isolated areas miles
from the dense population, industry, traffic congestion, and farm fields treated with chemicals
and landfills. My bee yard is located in a watershed zone, controlled by DEP (Department of
Environmental Protection). Therefore, there are many restrictions not only for the farmers, but
also for all homeowners. In addition, thousands of acres of forest have been preserved as state
land.
4. Organic Honey is expensive honey. The price range is from $10 to $15 per pound, plus
shipping cost. Nevertheless, many producers of Organic honey feed they bees with organic
sugar, because the National Organic Standards allows doing this. But even organic sugar is not
natural food for the bees; therefore for the spring and autumn feeding I use only natural honey
and pollen (beebread).

I would like to especially mention my "Paste honey", which has been extracted in the Spring
after it stayed in honeycombs the whole winter. After extracting this honey in the Spring, the
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after it stayed in honeycombs the whole winter. After extracting this honey in the Spring, the
crystals that have already formed are filtered out during the usual filtration process. This type of
honey crystallizes quickly, but without large crystals. It looks like a smooth paste without any
noticeable crystals and becomes spreadable. Visually, this type of honey looks very similar to
creamed honey, which you can buy in stores, but creamed honey is generally warmed up to
140 degrees Fahrenheit in order to make the crystals smaller. My honey turns into a
spreadable paste naturally, without any thermal processing.

I prefer to use only glass jars


because I think that a high-
quality product should be
placed into fine containers.

I do not have honey for sale.

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