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Honey FAQ

Honey FAQ

Honey FAQ about our organically produced artisan Flagstaff honey from our native Northern Arizona bees!

Not all honey is created equal!  We produce our Flagstaff honey from local Northern Arizona bees.
Born here.  Bred here.  Happy here.
Here’s a little honey FAQ

raw wildflower local flagstaff honey jars Honey FAQOur Flagstaff honey bees come from bee removal rescues that we do throughout Northern Arizona, and are not shipped in from around the country, or shipped around on trucks for pollination services.  We believe that makes the best tasting and most beneficial Arizona honey around!

We have easy online ordering and offer shipping, as well as local Flagstaff delivery of all our honey, soaps, lip balms and more.  Give our honey a try!  We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

 

Want to sample before you buy?  We have small 3oz jars available!  Perfect for comparing our honey to what you’ll find on the supermarket shelf.  Take the taste test challenge!

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Honey FAQ

What does “organically produced” honey mean?

Organic honey.  It means we don’t mess with our bees, and as a result don’t mess with the honey.  No antibiotics, supplements, or feeding our bees nutrient-bare high fructose corn syrup as a replacement to the honey that is taken from them.  This is often a practice with large commercial beekeeping operations, even other regional honey suppliers.  We wont do that.  Our bees deserve better.  We rescue and raise healthy, happy bees!

What is raw honey?

Simply put, it’s not cooked to death.  Natural honey is a pure food that never spoils.  Often in commercial operations honey is super heated in order to help prevent crystallization and make it easier to pour into and out of jars or plastic bears.  In the big bad bottling factories the heated honey becomes very liquid and this helps make ultra-fine filtering happen.  This overly-processed honey is stripped of beneficial pollen, nutrients, and key enzymes which make honey what it normally is…a natural superfood.  We don’t kill or remove those nutrients in the honey.  It’s all there, the way the bees make it.

What is honey crystallization?

Why does honey crystallize? Honey is a complex mixture of natural sugars from the nectar that bees collect.  Honey doesn’t go bad by itself, but it will crystallize or firm up over time.  All honey does.  This happens as the sugar molecules get together and form a crystalline lattice structure, bonding themselves to one another and growing crystals.  Remember rock candy?  It’s pretty similar.  This doesn’t mean the honey has gone bad or spoiled, just makes is a bit more difficult to remove.  Placing your jars in a warm water bath on low heat will help these crystals melt and turn your honey liquid again.  Never heat honey in a microwave as it destroys the beneficial enzymes and nutrition, and can also make your honey become superheated and dangerously hot very quickly.

Isn’t raw honey supposed to be white and creamy?

Nope.  You’re thinking of spun, creamed, or whipped honey- which is sometimes sold simply as “raw honey”.  This is usually the result of introducing tiny honey crystals into liquid honey and allowing those tiny crystals to become the blueprint size for the crystallization process that happens within the jar.  This results in tiny crystals throughout the jar and a spreadable texture to the honey, rather than larger crystals that lock together and make it more solid.  Oftentimes you will see raw honey that is white and creamy, but not always.  Raw honey simply means it’s not overly heated and can still be made and bought in liquid form, especially if it’s freshly packed.

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Different honey varieties. What’s behind it?

Different Honey Varieties Flagstaff

9_beesWhy are there different honey varieties?  What determines the taste of a particular honey? While out collecting pollen and nectar from various flowers the worker bee will travel around a 3 mile radius from the hive.  That’s a lot of work!  Each tiny sip comes from whatever plant is flowering at the moment and she decides to land on.  The flowers will change throughout the season, giving subtle variation to color, taste, and even viscosity.

That’s one of the really fun things about our Flagstaff wildflower honey, the different honey varieties and variation in taste is a direct reflection of what’s growing right here in Northern Arizona!  Sometimes honey will even vary from one side of Flagstaff to the other.  For example, we have a hive 20 minutes west of Flagstaff in a little area called Parks.  When we pulled honey from that (very productive) hive this summer the honey was very light in color and in taste.  People told us it was their favorite honey ever!  Even doing a side-by-side taste of other regional honeys from other producers this clearly came out on top.

Flagstaff Arizona Bee Sunflower PollenSo what was the secret?  Nothing we’ve done.  It’s nature, plain and simple.  In that particular area there were huge fields of Prairie Sunflowers growing.  Could that have been the main source of the bee’s nectar they were turning into honey?  Perhaps.  This may have been the dominant nectar source for the Flagstaff wildflower honey that we pulled from this hive.  I suspect it was, because we also collected some extra honey from a bee removal in Bellemont nearby that was surrounded by these flowers and tasted very similar.

When you see different honey varieties there really is a lot to it!  Honey that’s labeled “Clover Honey”, “Orange Honey”, “Buckwheat Honey”, or even “Mesquite Honey” means those are the dominant flowers the bees are foraging on.  Typically hives are placed in orchards or areas where those flowers are in abundance, so those flowers are what is used by the bees to create honey.

Honey made from these various sources each have different tastes, colors, flow, and even sugar content.  Clover honey tends to be somewhat light in color and taste, while some varieties like Buckwheat honey is very dark and thick, with a taste somewhat similar to molasses.  It is considered to be the highest in anti-oxidants and minerals of all honeys produced in the US.  In contrast Catclaw honey is VERY light and sweet and tends to be a favorite of tea drinkers as it sweetens without adding too much honey flavor or bitterness.

Different Honey Varieties

Like different coffee roasts, various honey lovers have their own favorites.  We encourage you to get out there and try it!  Visit your local farmers market where you can often sample various honey from the area and find your favorite!  Whatever you do, don’t buy the cheap grocery store “honey”.  Truth is it’s probably not even real honey and certainly doesn’t taste anywhere near the same!

Flagstaff Honey delivery serviceOur honey is produced right here in the beautiful Northern Arizona mountains of Flagstaff and we think it’s the bee’s knees!  We have easy online ordering and hand-deliver all our honey right to your doorstep. We even have a Hive2Home monthly delivery service to bring you our local raw honey on a regular basis. It’s a popular movement with many people who have tried our honey here in Flagstaff.

Try it.  We guarantee you’ll like it!

 

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