Real, Raw Honey Crystallizes Real, Raw Honey Crystallizes
Many Assume That Crystallized Honey Is Adulterated or ‘Spoiled.’ This Is Not True.
The crystallization process is natural and spontaneous. Pure, raw and unheated Honey has a natural tendency to crystallize over time with no effect on the Honey other than colour and texture.
What’s more, the crystallization of Honey actually preserves the flavor and quality characteristics of your Honey! Many Honey users prefer it in this state as it is easier to spread on bread or toast. Indeed, some raw Honey recipes can be easier to make with partially or fully-crystallized Honey —and, the taste is richer.
Some Honeys crystallize uniformly; some will be partially crystallized and form two layers, with the crystallized layer on the bottom of the jar and a liquid on top.
This is totally normal!
If Your Honey Has Crystallized, Don't Panic!
To bring it back to a liquid state...
To return your Honey to its liquid state, simply loosen the top of the jar, and place the Honey bottle into a pan of hot water (not boiling water) , in just a few minutes the Honey will return to its liquid state. Always store your liquid Honey at Room Temperature.
Honeys also vary in the size of the crystals formed. Some form fine crystals and others large, gritty ones. The more rapid Honey crystallizes, the finer the texture will be. And crystallized Honey tends to set a lighter/paler colour than when liquid. This is due to the fact that glucose sugar tends to separate out in dehydrating crystals form, and that glucose crystals are naturally pure white. Darker Honeys retain a brownish appearance.
Finer crystallization is what makes creamed Honey so smooth & spreadable. Honey is induced to begin the crystallizing process, and then churned to achieve a smooth, creamy texture.
Honey is a highly concentrated sugar solution. It contains more than 70% sugars and less than 20% water. This means that the water in Honey contains more sugar than it should naturally hold. The overabundance of sugar makes Honey unstable. Thus, it is natural for Honey to crystallize since it is an over-saturated sugar solution.
Honey contains many vitamins (C, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9) and minerals (Calcium, Iron, Magnesium & Zinc) along with antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties!
While excavating Egypt’s famous pyramids, archaeologists have found pots of Honey in an ancient tomb. The Honey, dating back approximately 3,000 years, is the world’s oldest sample – and still perfectly edible!
The Moral Of This Story?
Crystallization of Honey is actually a gift from Mother Nature…
The Unique Flavours of PEI Pure Honey
Bees, even though cultivated domestically for hundreds of years are still, essentially wild creatures.
We cannot truly “Control” them or where they get the nectar from. We can however, “encourage” and “influence” from where the bees forage. Bees forage reasonably close to their hive if the food is available, so to encourage specific flavours, we decide where to place the hives! Honey bees have been observed to fly anywhere between 1 – 6 km but also up to 13.5 km, however they tend to conserve energy and forage nearby.
To produce our Pure, Clean Wildflower Honey, the Bee Hives are strategically placed in large fields of natural wildflowers. PEI Hosts a multitude of different varieties, which harmonize into a beautiful floral blend.
To produce our Buckwheat Honey, the hives are placed nearest grain crops, and other commercial crops. PEI grows allot of food, so we have many commercial crops to be pollinated. This produces a rich, dark Honey.
So, although we don’t actually “Control” our bees, we simply place them nearest our desired flavour profile of natural resources, and our happy little bees do all the rest!
Wild bees on the other hand, are completely autonomous and are unable to be controlled where they forage; whether it be field, meadow or forest, bees forage closest to their home. So, unless the hive is specifically located in one of these locations, bees will forage for the closest, and easiest to access nectar.
Bees are most commonly seen nearest flowers and crops, but are known to forage in forests as well if the hive is nearby, however there are not as many accessible flowers in the forest as there are in open meadows and fields.
Carefully kept records, tell us where the hives are placed, the food source available, and how much honey is produced by each hive. If the flavour profile isn’t correct to our specifications, the hives would be changed to accommodate that desired flavour profile.
However, after all this…no one can “Guarantee” a specific type of honey profile. It can be very similar, but bees will be bees!
We strive to create a PURE, Clean & Natural Honey. PEI is extremely clean, pollution is very low, and Canada is strictly regulated to limit the use of pesticides and other chemicals.
In conclusion, Honey Flavours depend primarily on the location of the bee hives, and the tenacity of the bees to forage where they like!
We can only encourage them…in a limited capacity!
Our encouragement seems to have paid off.