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Raw honey is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurised and packed with good-for-you antioxidants, vitamins, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. With raw honey, as with many foods, any form of heating is avoided to ensure all the natural vitamins and living enzymes and other nutritional elements are preserved.
This is a perfectly natural process. Crystallization occurs because of the natural qualities inside. The natural sugars in honey (glucose and fructose) will bind together and begin to form little crystals, which can start making your honey harder. Depending on the type of honey, this process can be faster or slower. Some honey even starts to granulate in the frames in the boxes before it is even taken off the hive. Therefore once some of the honey starts the rest of that container will follow.
To get your honey back to liquid again, warm it up, do not exceed a temperature of 37 degrees. If over heated it will kill all the good bits. Put the honey in a bowl/pot of warm water and gently stir. The crystals will slowly melt back to liquid again
Honey does not go bad. In fact, it's recognised as the only food that doesn't spoil.
MGO Stands for Methylyoxal . This is the naturally occurring antibacterial organic compound that gives Manuka Honey its amazing benefits. As the MGO increases so does the medicinal benefits of the honey. The MGO reading is what is used to grade the honey as a UMF or NPA value. UMF is a trademark and therefore you need to be licensed to use it. NPA and UMF are the same. Conversion tables are readily available online
No, it is not safe to feed any honey to children who are less than 1 year old as they do not have the necessary ability to digest honey. However it is perfectly safe to feed honey to children who are more than 1 year old.
Yes! If you are in the West Auckland area, we are always looking for places to host our hives. There is a criteria that must be met, but we are always happy to discuss. You receive the benefits of pollination for your crops and pasture and some honey as thanks, we do all the work. Please contact Vicky on 022 5462723 if you are interested or would like more information.Other parts of Auckland are considered, so just get in touch.