Ask me anything Honey - FAQ's
We have tried to conceive all the possible questions you might have to ask or what we feel you ought to know. If we have missed out something, write to us, call us, trouble us till you get what you seek!
What Is Honey?
There is honey where the bees forage on nectar and pollen from a flower.
There is honey where the bees are given sugar syrup instead of flowers.
While both approaches give you the visible viscous and sweet liquid, one of them is not Honey.
Bees fed on sugar syrup DO NOT make produce honey that has all the good and necessary enzymes and antibacterial properties honey is known for.
Only bees foraged on flower, nectar, and pollen can produce Honey. In fact, this is what Honey is and not any liquid that is viscous and sweet.
Does our honey have a shelf life?
Ans. No it doesn't. Unprocessed honey do not have a shelf life, in fact the oldest edible honey found is 4,500 years old while laying a pipeline in Republic of Georgia.
What is unprocessed honey?
Honey in its truest form, from the hive, nothing added or taken away, is unprocessed honey. In unprocessed or raw honey, enzymes and antibacterial properties are present and active. Unprocessed honey must crystallize and ferment. Its granular crystallization and not sugar crystals.
What is the honey I am eating today?
Commercial honey can be one of the many types that is being made avaialble in the market today. One, the bees could be fed sugar syrup and not nectar from the flower, so it is not Honey. Second, it could be multiflora honey from wild flowers. The unfortunate part is that industrialized honey production leads to antibiotics and other chemical residues in the honey. Moreover, commercial suppliers tend to heat the honey and process it. When honey is processed all the good enzymes and bacteria are killed. Which means, honey is no longer good for you.
Why does my honey taste the same everytime?
No two honey harvests are alike, even if they are from the same species of bees and or flowers. The possible reasons why your honey tastes the same and does not contain the delicate flavors, aroma, texture and taste is because it is probably processed.
Is buying honey from hives in my apartment pure?
It is impossible to keep it pure but moreover you may not wish to eat honey that is harvested in the city limits. Our research of Bangalore city honey has found traces Tungsten, Lead and Cadmium to mention a few. Those traces can be found in those types of honey. I am not sure if you want to be eating that or feeding your children that.
Should I eat only Indian Honey?
Indian bodies and its physiology is directly related to what was available in India for us to eat over civilizations. We are what we eat. Local Indian produce are best suited for our bodies and needs. Eating seasonal produce and honey that is Indian is far better for you than the constant foreign feed. The question that needs to be asked is whether foreign species assimilate in our bodies the way we want them to? Whether foreign products align with how our bodies' absorb bioavailability of nutrients? By no means are we saying do not eat anything else, but if the consumption is consistent and regular, you are better off with something local.
Can I use honey on my hair?
The wonder about honey is that it traps moisture. So if you have dry or damaged hair, honey can do you wonders. So when you apply honey, the scalp is absorbing moisture, because of the honey, and kept moist. Which is what you need for a healthier head of hair! But just so you know, that all unprocessed honey tend to be acidic and some tend to naturally produce Hydrogen Peroxide which can cause greying of your hair. So go easy on it.
Can I use honey on my skin?
You MUST use honey on your skin. But not all types of honey. Use unprocessed honey on your skin. In fact, our Neem honey is fantastic! on your skin. And if you happen to be a filter coffee drinker, try the used grounds with Neem Honey as a face pack. If you do not feel like a million bucks, we will come and give you a face-pack ourselves!!!
Use honey on your face, avoid the eyes, on your arms, legs and the rest of you. Only word of caution is that honey can be sticky, make sure you aren't walking around the house or sitting on your bed. We don't wish to get a call from your spouse about the mess you've made! Slather away!!
Is honey safe for people with diabetes?
All natural foods do not tend to be dangerous to the human body. Our bodies are like a well oiled complex machine capable of taking quite a beating, metaphorically. Honey is still sugar, though Good Sugar, and is a Carbohydrate. THe real offset is that a 1/2 a teaspoon of honey is as sweet as 1 tsp of Sugar. So as you can see you get to eat less of the sweet but get more of the taste. But, on a more serious note, diabetes can be better managed with a disciplined diet, consistent exercise and fresh and seasonal produce. More importantly have an honest chat with your physician and see how you can fit the honey in. Food is more than fuel for your tummy and energy for your legs. It is a critical source of mental health. So, go ask your doctor will you.
Is honey Vegan?
No its not, but you may wish to make an exception! Just kidding.
Is Honey Organic?
Well, here is a loaded question. Honey, by nature is organic. Makes you wonder when people claim organic honey, doesn't it?
What you ought be asking is what is the source of the honey? Honey from industrial production and or commercial crops tends to be less organic than those that aren't commercially harvested.
We deal with single flower source honey from plant species that are native to India and in some cases endangered. Native and endangered species do not need any fertilizers or pesticides to survive and thrive. They need people like you and I to eat their fruits and honey. We use their honey as a way to propagate their survival. After all, bee's job is to pollinate and propagate species and then give us honey.