What's the deal with Raw Honey?

Honey is well known for it's multiple uses and is a favorite additive used to sweeten meals and food - and has been for centuries. To give you a better understanding of how it all works we need a little more information. Bees can and will travel up to five miles to collect the necessary resources that the hive needs to thrive. Although they can, they prefer to travel shorter distances and will usually forage within half a mile - depending on resource availability.  

Bermuda Honey is especially unique in that all of the nectar that is collected and used to create the honey comes from different nectar sources. This is unlike honey that is produced in other areas, for example like North America, where bees can collect nectar from only one nectar source.  Given the size of the available resource in Bermuda, this means that our bees feed primarily on wild flowers, along with what we've got growing in our gardens. It makes for a unique and aromatic blend the likes of which are not found anywhere else.

The term Raw Honey is appearing more and more on grocery store shelves, and is very loosely defined. At it's core the definition implies that the honey is not heated past the point of pasteurization (95 degrees F) which had been common practice in days gone by. It has come to light however that highly processing honey removes many of it's natural benefits, and reduces it to the equivalent of a simple sugar syrup.  Raw honey that hasn't been pasteurized is packed with phytonutrients, pollen and is said to be naturally antibacterial and anti fungal. 



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