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Q. Why are there different colors of honey?

A. Honey colors vary depending on the nectar source.  Spring blossoms, fruit tree blossoms, and Black Locust tree blossoms, produce light color nectar.  Other blossoms can produce varied colors of nectar, such as buckwheat blossoms, which produce a very dark and stronger tasting honey.  Darker honey can be a little stronger in taste, but not always.  Darker honey is said to be higher in antioxidants. 


Q. Is this regular honey?  I just want regular honey.

A. Local Beekeepers Honey is regular Honey.  Consumers are used to seeing one color in their local grocery stores because it is all mixed together.  Honey can have a variety of floral sources, which can give the different colors of honey we have.  Honeybees gather nectar from an average two to three mile radius.  When extracted at different times of the season, beekeepers can get varied colors of honey depending on what the bees foraged on.  Commercial honey producers mix it all together and that is why you see usually just one color on your grocer’s shelf. 


Q. My honey crystallized.  Is it spoiled?

A. No.  Honey never spoils.  Honey crystallizes when one of the three main sugars, glucose, precipitates out of the supersaturated solution. Two of the main sugars are glucose and fructose.  For more info, go to www.honey.com on the National Honey Board web site.  You will find lots of information on all the goodness of honey.


Q. What is raw honey?

A. Truly raw honey is honey that has not been pasteurized or filtered at all.  Generally, honey goes through a light filtering process to remove wax, propolis, pollen, etc.  Raw honey may have bits of wax, propolis, pollen, etc. in it.  Some people use raw honey to help build immunity to seasonal allergies and to obtain all the good things in the honey.


Q. Do I need to eat raw honey or pollen from near my home?

A. No. Weeds and flowers are generally the same here in North East and North West Ohio, so obtaining these products from a beekeeper in North East and North West Ohio and a general radius will have the same floral sources.  Honey from another state or country probably would not have the same floral sources, so would probably not help with your allergies.