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What is raw honey?

Updated: Nov 16, 2021


It seems like everyone is talking raw honey now, even the big bottlers that buy a lot of their honey from smaller beekeepers have added raw honey to their products, but what is raw honey? Generally raw honey is honey that has been extracted without the use of heat. Why would you use heat you may ask? Well honey is thick and viscous and if you are a commercial scale producer you are extracting a lot of honey in a short time and you need to be able to move it by pumping and the thinner it is the quicker it will pump. There is some amount of heat considered acceptable to be considered raw honey and although there is no published food standard, honey heated above 40degrees celsius is no longer considered raw. Stay tuned for why raw honey is more expensive and why there is such a variation in price. Sweet dreams. Kath


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