Honey Buying Tips

Here are my honey buying tips, for purchasing quality honey.

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1. Buy Local Honey

Why?  So that you can ask the beekeeper a few questions to ensure the bees are kept to a high standard.

You can also ask them about the kinds of flowers the bees have been foraging on.

If you want the product to be as natural as possibl,e you could also consider purchasing Raw Honey.

2. Buy Organic Honey if you want....but remember, it's complicated...

For one thing, standards vary internationally.  For more information, see my page about Organic Beekeeping.

3. Pay A Price That Represents The True Value Of Honey

If it's cheap, then surely, some payment has had to be made somewhere along the line. 

  • Can you trust the supplier? 
  • Is it pure honey or does it contain corn syrup?  Have the bees been kept to a high standard? 

Cheap is not necessarily better, and if it's not honey you are buying, you may as well purchase something else.

4. Are You Buying Pure Honey?

There have been a number of scandals regarding product labelled as honey, that is not pure, and which contains a variety of other sweet products and even chemicals.

Remember that the process of making honey involves thousands of bees harvesting nectar from flowers.  Anything labelled as honey which contains any cheap, sweet replacement, is a con.

Either you want honey, or you don't.

5. Honey From The Supermarket

If this is your only option, look at the label before you buy.  Is there any indication that what is in the jar, is not pure honey?  Also, where does it come from?

See if the super market has been able to source any honey from a local supplier. 

Failing that, my next recommendation would be to choose a honey suggestive of bees being exposed to natural foraging areas, such as woodlands, hillsides or meadows.  You could also consider organic honey.

6. Alternatives To Honey

If you cannot afford to purchase honey ethically, there are a number of alternatives to honey, depending on how you intend to use it:

- maple syrup

- dates pureed

- sugar

- treacle

- syrup - including fruit syrup for pancakes, or how about lemon juice?

It is often proposed that honey is better for you than sugar, but I tend to think that just like sugar, honey should be eaten in small amounts, because it is very high in calories.  You will find a comparison of honey and sugar here.

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