The biggest problem with honey is its quality, It can be quite a challenge to find good, pure honey. Honey is often adulterated, as it is mixed with glucose solution, high fructose corn syrup and many other ingredients you may not know about. Of course, honey should come only from bees who gather nectar from clover, lavender, dandelion, and other flowers, as this is the only real (pure) honey you can eat. Honey is sweet, nutritious and in high demand. It is used in the production of various products, ranging from food to drugs. Just as original honey is abundant, so also is the fake. It can get really depressing if you buy honey and realize that it is fake and useless.
Because of the wide variety of honeys and the large number of sugar syrups or other ingredients that unscrupulous manufacturers dilute it with, no single home test is completely successful. Here are several steps you can carry out before and after purchase of honey.
After the purchase of honey you can carry out these 7 tests listed below:
The Water Test
• Add a tablespoon of honey to a glass filled with water, stirring slowly or not at all
• If the honey is mixed with certain kinds of sugar, syrup it will dissolve in the water
• Pure honey has a dense texture and will settle right at the bottom of the glass.
The Flame Test
• Dip a cotton pad or the cotton wick of a candle into a bit of the honey and shake of the excess
• Attempt to light the cotton pad or wick
• If the cotton pad or wick burns with ease, honey is pure
• If the cotton pad or wick refuses to burn, it may contain some impurities or honey is adulterated.
The Thumb Test
• Put a small drop of the honey you have on your thumb
• Check to see if it spills or spreads around
• If it does, it is not pure
• Pure honey will stay intact on your thumb.
The Water-vinegar Mixed Test
• Add a tablespoon of honey, 2-3 drops of vinegar and some water in a glass. Mix well
• Observe for about 2 to 3 minutes
• If the mixture becomes foamy, it is definitely adulterated.
The Paper Test
• Pour a few drops of honey on blotting paper and observe whether or not it is absorbed.
• If it’s absorbed, the honey’s not pure.
• Pure honey should not be absorbed, but unfortunately neither will honey diluted with most sugar syrups.
• If you don’t have blotting paper, pour a little bit of honey on a white cloth, then wash the cloth. If there is any stain left by the honey, it is probably not pure.
Check The Label…
…but don’t take it for granted:
Check around the brand name or logo in addition to the ingredient list to check for “additives” or “added flavors.” Pure honey should only have one ingredient: Honey. However, even if no other ingredients are listed, the manufacturer may not be telling the truth.
Taste The Honey if A Sample is Offered
Tasting is not an accurate way to test for additives, but if taste is your main concern, it could be all you need to make a decision. Note that a “weird” taste does not necessarily mean the honey isn’t pure. There are many varieties of honey made from the nectar of different flowers, saps, or even the secretions of sap-eating insects. Each of these produces different flavors, and even the honey of one beehive can vary from year to year as they collect nectar from different sources.
Anyone who loves eating honey, adding it to breakfast meals, smoothies, tea is great and yummy. You also have to know how to select or choose a pure honey and we hope these steps can guide you in selecting a pure honey. Have you tried any of these steps before? Did it work for you? Let us know in the comment session below. Have a great day and thanks for reading.
Mak-Migro Farms Ltd.,
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