About Raw Irish Honey: Different Types and Uses
So many things to do with this Beautiful Raw Unprocessed Natural Substance,
and such differences in the types produced by our clever Native Irish Honey Bees.
" Irish honey among world's healthiest, study finds - The Irish Times "
Types of Honey
In Ireland we have the opportunity due to the diversity of plants for our bees, to produce the following beautifully flavored natural Irish honey types.
It is such a versatile, 100% natural substance, that can be used in so many different ways.
From the old staple of a Spoon in your Porridge. To Salad dressings, Healthy snacks, or used in Baking for a depth of flavor sugar cannot provide. It can be used also as a Health Tonic in various formats and as a "Pick Me Up" when feeling under the weather, and for so much more !.
Here are a selection of my favorite recipes and uses for such a valuable and precious locally produced food, that is Real Local Raw Irish Honey.
Imported Honey or Raw Irish Honey ?.
Though first off what is " Real Raw Irish Honey "?.
Why bother seek it out, and why not just buy one of the myriad of ultra cheap jars of "Honey" on the supermarket shelves ?
Well believe me there is good reason to go the " Extra Mile " to seek out Real Local Raw Irish Honey.
The offerings from the supermarket shelves are nearly always a "Blend of EU and Non EU Honeys".
Now let us examine that Vague, and in my opinion Highly Confusing general declaration.
So we have now almost 100% ascertained that the product you have just picked up in the in the supermarket aisle, with the Grand Sounding Irish Company Name, "Begorra..Pure Honey "
Is in fact not from our fabled Emerald Isle.
So where is it from ?. How much of the Honey in your jar is from inside and outside the EU. ?
Well who knows. With that vague statement it could be ( and maybe is ) 99% from China
( where it is incredibly cheap to source Honey from, and has been banned in the past in the US for reasons of contamination ) and 1% from the EU.
Pardon me, but in my Humble opinion in these days of product traceability. Should we not at least be afforded the honesty of being told where, and in what proportions, the foodstuff we are about to ingest into our body is emanating from ?.
Obviously the answer is a resounding No.
Which I think is hugely unfair and misleading for all in this day and age. For you as the consumer and for ourselves as a local producer of a pure 100% Irish product, who has to compete against such mass produced product of extremely dubious quality and origin.
Why is it not clear to see the above on the product labelling.
Well then what about Irish Honey from your local Beekeeper. ?
Well in our case, and with the majority of other Irish Beekeeper's, we state clearly down to the local town, where the Honey was produced, and Guarantee it is 100% Irish.
Also we guarantee that the Honey we sell was produced by Bee's gathering nectar from plants, and not, as has been the case with some imported honey, produced by Beekeepers in some unknown country, feeding their bees sugar syrup which when processed is then labelled as "Pure Honey"and resold to the unsuspecting public.
Leaving aside this important issue of the origin of the Honey, what about as to how this imported dubious product is processed before it is jarred.
Well unfortunately we seem to have hit a Speed Bump here too. As the large scale multiples have decided that consumers, most importantly should get an almost crystal clear jar of honey, and God forbid if it was to crystallize and set.
The internal temperature naturally in the hive can reach 34c. So Honey heated during processing in the large factories over and above that temperature is known to have an altered composition, and therefore not to be thought of as Raw.
Though to keep it from crystallizing whilst on the supermarket shelves it needs to be heated well above this temperature.
Crystallized honey is not in any way substandard to the fresh jar of honey just bottled after extracting from the comb.
So to sum up, if you want your Honey in as natural a state as when first extracted from the hive. You need to source from a Beekeeper who does not heat Honey beyond that threshold.
You need to get it produced by a local Beekeeper you can trust, who can guarantee you where the honey was produced and sourced, and does not microfilter it, or excessively heat it removing beneficial traces of pollen and other hive products .
In other words you want to source Local Raw Irish Honey .
Raw Local Irish Honey made by Happy Native Irish Honey Bees.