KNOW YOUR HONEY
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.