What is raw honey?
And are you buying the real deal
Raw honey is one of nature’s sweetest gifts. But there’s a real difference between our raw honey and most blended honeys that are commercially available.
What makes raw honey… well, raw?
You may be thinking, “Isn’t raw honey just honey? The same stuff I grab from the supermarket shelf?”
According to the Food Standards Code 2.8.2 honey means the natural sweet substance produced by honey bees from the nectar of blossoms or from secretions of living parts of plants or excretions of plant sucking insects on the living parts of plants, which honey bees collect, transform and combine with specific substances of their own, store and leave in the honeycomb to ripen and mature.
While that sounds like a mouthful, essentially a food that is sold as ‘honey’ must:
(a) be honey; and
(i) no less than 60% reducing sugars; and
(ii) no more than 21% moisture.
It is perfectly OK to call your product honey if you choose to.
So, when you take this legislation into account it’s interesting that the brands you find on your supermarket shelves can contain artificial sweeteners and other additives to extend their shelf life and still be called raw honey.
Saleview Estate Raw Honey vs commercial honey
Saleview Estate’s Raw Honey is unpasteurised which means it’s not heated above approximately 72 degrees Celsius. Saleview Estate honey is lightly and lovingly strained just enough to remove large wax chunks and propolis using a 600- and 400-micron gauze wire strainer.
You’ll thank us for this when you’re spooning out your next natural sugar hit.
While it may crystallise a lot faster (especially during winter) it’s also the purest form of honey you can get, and full of the many vital phytonutrients you need. Nutrients that may be altered when put through the process of heating and filtering that the commercialised companies use.
Other forms of raw honey on the market may be filtered by heating it up to approximately 70 degrees Celsius. This makes the honey runnier and easier to filter out impurities. Filtered honey usually looks better to the untrained eye as the filtering process removes most of the pollen and wax solids. However, it also speeds up crystallisation, which is the number one complaint we hear from our VIBee Saleview Estate customers.
Commercial honey producing companies tend to filter and pasteurise their honey in order to slow down crystallisation to make the product look nicer and last longer on the shelf.
Because Saleview Estate honey is marketed as raw we are able to do either the straining or filtering process. We prefer to keep our honey in its most natural form so we lean towards the straining process. But, if a customer buys a lot of honey they’ll need it to be filtered.
Same farm. Same flavours
At Saleview Estate we source all our honey from the same place so it has the same flavours.
We have five active hives and harvest from September onwards. Luckily for the bees they can feast on more than 30 different species of beautiful wildflowers and trees found on our seven acre property.
Saleview Estate’s Raw Honey is a polyfloral honey, which means it’s a wildflower honey. Some of the plants the bees collect their nectar from include
(but are not limited to):
- English Rose
- Bird of Paradise
- Mona Lavender
- Blue Rosemary
- Lime Trees (Australian Lime, Kaffir Lime, Tahitian Lime)
- Orange Trees (Washington Navel)
- Lemon Trees (Lisbon Lemon).
The beautiful thing about Saleview Estate’s polyfloral honey is the taste varies from season to season. And its aroma and flavour are usually quite intense (and delicious).
You also might be surprised to learn that a lot of commercially available honey is blended honey, which means it’s a mixture of two or more honeys that differs in floral source, colour, flavour and density.
Raw honey is special
Raw honey is special because it’s one of the most valued and appreciated natural products used by human beings since ancient times. It’s what we ate before the big industries began tampering with our food and adding processes to extend its shelf life.
Think of it this way. Raw honey is like your favourite Prada bag, and the commercial stuff is… well, more like a knockoff from Hong Kong.
The 2017 study ‘Honey and Health: A Review of Recent Clinical Research’ also backs up our theory that honey is special. The research suggests it may be wise to use honey in medical wards to help manage disease. This lovely liquid gold is a natural healer with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
It’s also the closest thing we have to a natural lolly.
Saleview Estate Raw Honey is free of artificial additives and other sweeteners
Saleview Estate Raw Honey doesn’t have corn syrup or other artificial sweeteners added that some commercial brands labelled ‘raw honey’ may have.
So you’ll get approximately 38.2% fructose, 31% glucose,17.1%, water, 7.2% maltose, 4.2% higher carbs, 1.5% sucrose, 0.5% minerals, vitamins and enzymes on your plate.
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Raw honey is simple, pure and straight from the farm
It’s really that simple. Our Saleview Estate Raw Honey is the way to go with every meal and drink you have. And the next time you’re drizzling our raw honey over your porridge on a cold morning you’ll know it’s the natural, artificial-sweetener-free liquid gold harvested straight from our property to your plate.
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