All about Raw Honey
What is Raw Honey?
And why is it better than processed honey?
Raw honey tastes better because it retains more of the flavor and aroma of honey in the comb.
- Raw honey is extracted from the honeycomb without heat or filtration, and packaged immediately, thus capturing all the flavor and aroma of honey in a jar.
- Raw honey may contain beeswax or pollen from nectar collection and always contains enzymes placed there by the bees as they ripen the honey.
- Raw honey is liquid when extracted but may become semi-solid through a natural process called granulation or crystallization.
What is Crystallization?
Most raw honey will crystallize over time and has no bearing on its quality. Crystallization is in fact an attribute of pure and natural honey. Crystallized honey is not spoiled. Crystallization preserves the flavor and aroma of the honey.
- Crystallization occurs when the glucose component of honey solidifies due to its lower solubility in the water element of honey.
- Crystallization occurs faster in raw honey due to the presence of particles of wax and pollen, which serve as nucleus catalysts for crystallization.
- Most of the time raw honey bottled immediately after extraction is crystallized when it reaches the grocery shelf.
Why should you choose raw honey instead of processed honey?
Choose raw honey because it tastes better.
- Processed honey is heated, filtered and often blended with inexpensive global imports to achieve a price point.
- Processed honey is void of particles of beeswax, pollen and enzymes.
- The heat required to make processed honey reduces much of the natural flavors and aromas.
Why choose Crystal’s Raw Honey?
At Crystal's Honey, we ARE the beekeepers who harvest the honey from our bees and bottle the honey at our farms.
- As food becomes globally sourced, knowing the origin of the foods we eat becomes important.
- Much of the honey we produce is aster and goldenrod: two distinct floral sources which are LOCAL in just about all of the Eastern United States.
- Crystal’s Honey offers six varieties of honey, based on floral source. This results in distinct flavors and aromas, revealing the essence of these unique species.
"What do I do with another jar of honey?"
It's OK to own more than one jar of honey at a time!
Here is what to do with the jar of honey you already have so you will put it on your list to buy another jar of honey...
and another... and another and another...
Killer fall/winter dessert tray
White figs, sharp white cheddar, Stilton, Walnuts - shelled or not, Crystal's All Natural honey in a shallow dish in center and red or Concord grapes for garnish. Serve with water crackers or Melba toast and Madeira, Vintage Port, Black Currant tea or Grand Marnier.
Feel a cold in your future?
Hot Toddy Recipe: 1/2 whole fresh lemon, juiced onto the mug, put the peel in as well, 2 tbsp. Crystal's Wildflower honey or Crystal's Nantucket Cranberry - add boiling water - stir while sniffling the steam. Sip and sniff.
Winter grilled beef or pork:
For sauce use these proportions:
3/4lb meat: 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp. Crystal's Blueberry honey, 1 tbs. virgin olive oil, 1/2 tsp. sea salt, some grinds of black pepper.
Put ingredients in a big ceramic or glass bowl, large enough to receive the meat hot off the grill. Whisk. If using beef, add 3 fingers (sprigs about 3" long) of fresh rosemary cut up with scissors, so the spice releases into the sauce.
If using pork or chicken, cut up with shears about 10 sprigs of fresh cilantro into the sauce. Cut your meat into 1.5-inch cubes, cut up some onions in chunks - skewer meat and onions. Grill on charcoal or gas grill. When done use a fork and pull HOT meat off the skewers into the bowl with the sauce (meat will sizzle) and toss/stir so meat is flavored - serve immediately with roasted almond pilaf or roasted potatoes and steamed kale.
- Put honey in your tea - hot or cold - black, green, or white.
- Put honey in your coffee in the morning.
- Put honey on your ice cream at night.
- Put honey in your chai.
- Put honey on your toast, or on your cereal.
- Make a trench in your cream cheese on the bagel and add honey.
- Be Greek - put it in your plain yogurt.
- Any time of the day or night.
- Make a peanut butter and honey sandwich for lunch.
- If you use Crystal's All Natural honey, you won't have to eat over the kitchen sink, because this honey stays where you put it!
- Mix Orange Blossom honey with room temperature sour cream and pout on sliced strawberries, bananas, or other fruit for a mysteriously delicious dessert, whipped cream optional.
- Eat honey by the teaspoon out of the jar - it beats commercially produced corn syrup based candy, hands down. It satisfies instantly - ask your resident Pooh Bear!
- Put out sliced apples, sliced cheddar cheese, walnuts and honey for an after school snack.
- Mash an orange around on the table, cut a hole in one end, stab the knife around inside, being careful NOT to puncture the skin, pour in some Crystal's Cranberry or Crystal's Wildflower and hand it to your kid for an after school snack. They will suck all the juice out, and then eat it all except for the peel. Have one yourself. It's the Original Chewable Vitamin C!