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Update on honey–worse than I realized! | New World Seeds & Tubers

I have recently learned that about 75% of honey purchased at a variety of grocery stores, cash-and-carry operations (like Costco), and drug store food aisles had no pollen in it.

It’s possible to filter it out, but it takes special equipment to do that, and it’s not necessary for quality because the pollen is microscopic and inconspicuous. You actually want pollen in your honey to prove that it’s real, the same way I prefer preserves over jelly because I want to see fruit chunks to make sure the product has any real fruit in it.

By the way, any one of dozens of tests commonly listed on the internet to tell if honey is real only catch the worst fakes. There is now a lot of fake honey coming out of Asia that has the right viscosity, color, and artificial flavor to be hard to easily distinguish from the real thing.

It’s possible to settle the issue using chromotography, but I have not heard of a definitive test being done on a wide scale to expose the fakes. I would be very curious to know the results.

In any case, I read an estimate that roughly 1/3 of the honey in the USA is fake honey from China. It’s not legal but there is apparently no process in place to prevent it from happening. We also some amount of subgrade honey from India that is not legal to sell in Europe (but is anyway; they “launder” it) due to persistent quality problems involving potentially hazardous pollutants. A lot of it probably tends to get mixed with real honey to even further complicate the issue–though you have to wonder why so much honey is missing any pollen at all.

Your best bet is to buy it from farmer’s markets or directly from the beekeeper. You might still get honey from bees that have been fed sugar, but incidents of outright fakes are still uncommon in those contexts. If you’re really intent on making sure it’s real, sometimes you can buy it still in the comb.

This explains why honey is as cheap as it is despite any number of problems that should have made it more scarce and expensive–except it’s not cheap honey; it’s very expensive corn-syrup.

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2 Responses to “Update on honey–worse than I realized!”

  1. It’s not so long ago that there was a beehive in most backyards. It’s relatively easy and rewarding to keep bees organically. Just don’t listen to your local bee groups pesticides in the hive schedule! Most of those are proven ineffective and damaging, but most beekeepers still use them.

    The biggest things to know about keeping bees are:
    Always keep 2 hives – you have an instant replacement.
    Don’t take more than the bees need and leave some extra for them.
    Move slow and steady and use a little (not a lot of) smoke.

    You will see your vegetable crop double immediately!

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