What is the difference between Raw Honey and honey you’d buy from a supermarket?
Much like raw fruit and vegetables (straight from the farm, uncooked, unprocessed), Raw Honey is unprocessed as well. Commercial honey is usually pasteurised (heated above 70C then cooled rapidly), blended with honey from various locations and suppliers, and is heavily filtered to remove anything that isn’t clear liquid. The heating also assists them in the bottling process. Any beekeeper knows great honey is usually beautifully thick and golden. Might take longer to get in the jar, but it’s certainly worth the wait!
Unfortunately by pasteurising and filtering the honey, it destroys the delicate aromas of the honey, as well as beneficial yeast and enzymes. The health benefits of yeast and enzymes are that they activate vitamins and minerals in the body.
Store bought honey is also heavily blended. One of the beauties of Raw Honey is that the colour, texture and flavour is different depending on where the bees have been located and the time of year the honey has been extracted. But one thing is for certain, it’s always an amazing flavour that is far different to what you’d get from commercial honey found in the supermarket.