KNOW YOUR HONEY

Your Family - - At Our Table -

Man­u­fac­tur­ers of fake honey are scam­ming con­sumers by mix­ing real honey with cheap corn syrup, sugar cane and rice sugar. It’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to tell if your honey has been adul­ter­ated sim­ply by tast­ing it or look­ing at it. Use the PPB test to eval­u­ate honey:

PRICE: Af­ter con­sid­er­ing the cost of bulk honey, bot­tling costs, dis­trib­u­tor and re­tail­ers’ mar­gins, a con­sumer will pay R65-R90 for a 500g bot­tle of pure, South African honey.

PROVE­NANCE: Sup­port small, lo­cal bee­keep­ers who have a pas­sion for bees, na­ture and pure honey. Honey pro­duced within 80km of where you live may also help pre­vent al­ler­gies, as the bees have been col­lect­ing pollen from the same plants that are the cul­prit be­hind many al­ler­gies. Tiny doses of this pollen help the body build up im­mu­nity.

BRANDS: Es­tab­lished brands have too much to lose, so they’re more likely to in­vest heav­ily in test­ing all their honey.

Some honey is treated, fil­tered, heated or di­luted to pre­vent it from crys­tallis­ing (as this makes it look more ap­peal­ing on shelf). Un­for­tu­nately, these pro­cesses negate the nat­u­ral health ben­e­fits. Crys­talli­sa­tion is a nat­u­ral process that oc­curs in all pure, raw honey at a time de­ter­mined from the flo­ral source, so don’t let the ap­pear­ance put you off buy­ing raw honey. To de-crys­tallise honey, let the con­tainer stand in hot wa­ter un­til it liq­ue­fies.

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