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How do you check the originality of honey?

on June 22, 2023

How to check the originality of honey: simple tests for purity

Honey, nature's sweet nectar, is treasured for its delicious taste and numerous benefits. However, the market is flooded with many different types of honey, and distinguishing between pure and adulterated honey versions can be challenging. To ensure you're getting the real deal, it's important to know how to check the originality of honey.

Honey Heaven takes immense pride in delivering the finest honey available. Our commitment to excellence begins by directly sourcing honey from trusted beekeepers, guaranteeing its raw, unprocessed nature, and ensuring it remains free from artificial additives or preservatives. With a diverse range of honey options, each boasting its distinct taste and captivating colour, we offer a truly remarkable selection.

Don’t just take our word for it, you can test for honey purity yourself! You won’t find any signs of impurity in our ranges.

In this blog post, we'll explore some simple tests that can help you determine the purity of honey, avoiding sugar syrups, corn syrup, and other adulterants. So, how do you check the originality of honey?

  • Conductivity Test: One way to spot fake honey is by conducting a conductivity test. Pure honey has low conductivity due to its minimal water content and the presence of natural sugars. To perform this test, fill a glass of water and add a few drops of honey to it. If the honey dissolves instantly, it may indicate the presence of sugar syrups or other additives. Pure honey, on the other hand, will settle at the bottom of the glass and not dissolve readily.
  • Blotting Paper Test: Another method to check the purity of honey is through a blotting paper test known as the blot test. Place a drop of honey on a blotting paper and observe its behaviour. Pure honey will be absorbed slowly or not at all, leaving a mark on the paper. However, impure honey, which may contain water or other liquids, will be absorbed quickly, leaving little to no trace. This test can help you differentiate between pure and impure honey.
  • Matchstick Test: Dipping a matchstick into honey is a traditional method used to test its purity. Pure honey will stick to the matchstick and remain intact without getting absorbed. In contrast, adulterated honey or honey with added water will quickly get absorbed into the matchstick. This test provides a quick and easy way to verify the purity of honey.
  • Dissolve in Water: Pure honey has a higher density than water, which means it tends to sink when added to a glass of water. Fill a glass with water and add a tablespoon of honey. If the honey settles at the bottom without dissolving, it is likely pure. However, if it dissolves or forms clumps, it may contain additives or be adulterated.

Read all about different honey brands diluting their honey in our blog: Beware of the Fraudster Honey!

Signs of Impure Honey

Apart from conducting specific tests, there are a few signs that can indicate impure honey. These signs may not provide conclusive evidence but can be used as an indicator:

  • Rapid Dissolution: Adulterated honey often dissolves quickly when added to water, as it may contain higher amounts of moisture or added syrups. Pure honey will stay in its original form longer.
  • Unusual Texture or Clumping: Impure honey may have a different texture than pure honey. It might appear thicker, syrupy, or contain clumps due to added substances.
  • Sweetness Level: Pure honey has a distinctive natural sweetness, while adulterated honey may taste excessively sweet or lack the characteristic flavour of genuine honey.
  • Blurred Labelling: Pay attention to the labelling on honey jars. Impure or adulterated honey might have misleading claims or incomplete information about its origin or ingredients.

Our honey is unprocessed, unheated, unpasteurised - this quality of honey is sometimes wrongly called ‘raw honey’ - we call it ‘pure honey’.

When considering where to purchase honey, there are a few factors to keep in mind…

  • Quality and Authenticity: It is essential to ensure that the honey you purchase is of high quality and authenticity. Look for sellers or brands that emphasise the use of raw, unprocessed honey. Raw honey retains its natural enzymes, antioxidants, and other beneficial compounds that can contribute to its benefits.
  • Sourcing and Transparency: Consider companies that are transparent about their sourcing practices. Look for information about the origin of the honey and the beekeeping methods used. Companies that prioritise sustainable beekeeping practices and work with local beekeepers often offer a more reliable and traceable product.
  • Variety and Selection: Different types of honey have distinct flavours and nutritional profiles, depending on the flowers from which the bee’s collect nectar. Look for a seller that offers a wide variety of honey options, allowing you to explore different flavours and find the ones that suit your preferences.
  • Customer Reviews and Reputation: Before making a purchase, it can be helpful to read customer reviews and evaluate the reputation of the seller. Positive reviews and testimonials can indicate customer satisfaction and provide insights into the quality and reliability of the honey.
  • Certifications and Standards: Look for honey sellers who adhere to industry standards and certifications. For example, reputable sellers will have organic certifications indicating that their honey is free from adulteration.

Purchasing honey from a reliable and trustworthy source ensures that you can enjoy the genuine benefits and flavours of this natural sweetener.

With Honey Heaven’s honey you are guaranteed THE best!

Embracing sustainable beekeeping practices lies at the heart of our mission. By supporting local beekeepers, we foster a harmonious relationship with nature and contribute to the preservation of bee populations. Our dedication to sustainability not only reflects our deep respect for the environment but also ensures the honey you enjoy is ethically produced.

Whether you incorporate our honey as a natural sweetener in your culinary creations, harness its nourishing properties for skincare, or integrate it into your daily wellness routine, we are confident that you will appreciate the unparalleled purity and superior quality found in every jar of Honey Heaven's honey.

Join us in savouring the remarkable flavours and countless benefits of our meticulously sourced and thoughtfully crafted honey. Experience the essence of nature's golden elixir, knowing that each jar represents a commitment to excellence, sustainability, and your utmost satisfaction.

Honey research

We always suggest that customers carry out their own research, but here are some useful links where you can read more about how honey works:

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