Honey is a common ingredient we find in kitchens across India. This natural sweetener has been a part of our diet and our culture for centuries. Ancient Ayurveda texts mention the goodness of honey too.
Today, honey is available in many forms. From well-known brands to the newer organic ones, everyone has something to offer. Spoilt for choice, we are surrounded by options like natural, raw and unfiltered honey.
So how can you pick the best honey? By understanding learning to identify it and understanding where it comes from!
What Pure Honey Looks Like
Pure and natural honey is derived directly from the honeycomb. This raw honey undergoes filtration to remove impurities such as dust. Processing honey also removes the pollen from it and such honey is called “filtered”. These days, commercially-available honey is filtered. Pure honey has no added sugar in it.
Raw organic honey takes the quality of honey up a notch. The bees that produce this honey get their nectar from organically-grown plants. The pollen from these plants is untreated with pesticides, creating a chemical-free product. The nutritive value of raw honey sourced from Indian forests equates to that of the famous manuka honey.
Honey in its purest form crystallises easily and de-crystallises when exposed to sunlight. Do you know why pure honey crystallises? This is because the pollen in it enables the glucose and fructose to solidify.
Here are two questions to help you test the purity of honey.
- Will pure honey dissolve in water?
No, it will not. Add a teaspoon of honey to a glass of water and check for dissolution.
- Will pure honey burn?
No, it will not. Dip an earbud in some honey and light it up with a matchstick. If the honey catches fire, it is not raw, natural, or untreated.
Adulterated honey might contain sucrose as an additive. Many brands mix sugar syrup with their honey as a means to enhance its sweetness and increase the quantity of honey they sell. At Indic Living, we avoid this and strictly source limited quantities of raw honey from our beehives.
The quality of raw honey changes with each harvest. The flowers that bees take nectar from change the taste of honey. Pure honey has a unique taste every time. This is how you can tell that your honey is raw, unprocessed, and unadulterated. Moreover, pure organic honey is not easily available in the summer months, since these bees do not take the heat well.
The Composition of Honey
Honey consists primarily of fructose and glucose. It also contains maltose and other complex carbohydrates. In addition, it has vitamins B and C, along with minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium.
Commercial honey has an excess amount of sucrose, which can be harmful to your health in the long term. Raw honey without added sugar is a smarter choice since its goodness is undiluted.
Indic Living has fresh, organic raw honey that is unprocessed and unadulterated. Wondering where we get it from?
Indic Living Raw Honey
We source our raw honey from the Western Ghats. Our bee boxes are placed near the forests. Bees travel around 10-15 kilometers to get their food. There are plenty of plantations within this radius. The bees travel to these farms to bring nectar back to the beehive.
When the hive matures, we collect the honey and clean it through simple filtration. We keep the pollen content intact, to ensure maximum purity. This sets our raw honey apart from today’s commercial brands.
Health Benefits of Raw Organic Honey
Raw honey is good for health and its regular consumption in moderation is a must for a balanced lifestyle.
- Ayurveda uses honey extensively for its healing ability. Patients with Kapha Dosha prefer it since its medicinal properties help treat ailments like cough and asthma.
- It is also used for external applications. Using raw organic honey for your face can hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.
- Raw, organic honey benefits people who struggle with digestive issues such as nausea, worms and diarrhea.
- Pure organic honey can also help you sleep better. It promotes the production of melatonin, which encourages healthy sleep. Our customers swear by this!
- A teaspoon of raw honey a day can keep blood sugar levels in check for diabetics. It can also keep hormone levels in check, making it an unmissable addition to your diet.
- Honey and lemon juice together make a great morning drink to help with weight loss and combat obesity.
Buying Raw Honey Online
Indic Living cares for bees! We believe it extremely crucial that we protect the bees and respect them. With bees facing extinction, we must ensure their safety when we encounter them. Allow them to go back home to their homes, and make delicious honey for you!
Our attention to detail when it comes to sourcing and purity makes us stand out amongst the organic honey brands in India. Order now to taste the best organic raw honey!
By: Moushumi Mishra