RASPBERRY FIELD HONEY PRODUCTS

Pure. Local. Sustainable.

Our honey is 100% pure, raw honey; never pasteurized or high-pressure filtered. Unprocessed, unfiltered raw honey retains all the health benefits like the live enzymes, trace vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, antibacterial properties, but most importantly, preserves the natural taste and aroma of the honey.

Our hives reside in the raspberry field. This doesn't mean our honey tastes like raspberries! It means our bees will enjoy all the flowers our raspberry plants produce in the Spring and also all of the other blossoms our other crops produce as well.

Honey is made up of 38.2% of fructose, 31% glucose and only 1.3 % sucrose. Raw unprocessed honey contains many substances important to human nutrition. It has all of the B-complex, A, C, D, E, and K, minerals and trace elements: magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, and manganese. The live enzyme content of honey is one of the highest of all foods.

We harvest honey a couple of times during the year. This allows for seasonal variations in the color and taste of the honey, bringing out distinct floral flavors and aromas that are representative of all the flavors of Shagbark Farm!! Each season brings a different type of honey as the nectar flow changes.

 

HONEY PRODUCTS WE OFFER

As available....
Raw, unprocessed, pure honey in jars
Raw, unprocessed, pure honey as honey sticks
Raw, unprocessed, pure herb infused honey in jars


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HONEY

What is raw honey?

Raw honey is not processed, heated or filtered. Raw honey is as unique as its floral source. This is why the color may vary from one harvest to the next.


The Healing Powers of Honey


Does honey spoil?

Honey does not spoil – ever. It does not need refrigeration either. Just take care not to drop food particles into the honey. Raw honey does crystallize. That is perfectly natural and does not mean the honey is bad.

Many assume that crystallized honey is adulterated or ‘spoiled.’ In fact, the crystallization process is natural and spontaneous. Pure, raw and unheated honey has a natural tendency to crystallize over time with no effect to the honey other than color and texture.What's more, the crystallization of honey actually preserves the flavor and quality characteristics.


When honey gets crystallized, does that mean its “bad”?

NO. Honey does not go bad. Most honey will crystallize over time, meaning you can’t see through it anymore, and it becomes less liquid and
more solid. This is a natural process for honey, and will happen sooner in
some than in others. It means the honey you bought is raw and of the finest quality. Processed honey takes forever to crystallize, because the pollen - and flavor - have been stripped out.

 

How do I fix crystallized honey?

Take the lid off the jar, put it in a pot of hot (not boiling) water, in minutes the honey will be back to liquid form.


Why does honey crystallize?

The crystallization of honey is actually an attribute of natural raw honey. Why? Honey is a highly concentrated sugar solution. It contains more than 70% sugars and less than 20% water. This means that the water in honey contains more sugar than it would naturally hold. The overabundance of sugar makes honey unstable so it is natural for honey to crystallize since it is an over-saturated sugar solution.

The two principal sugars in honey are fructose (fruit sugar) and glucose (grape sugar). The content of fructose and glucose in honey varies from one type of honey to the other. Generally, the fructose ranges from 30- 44% and glucose from 25- 40%. The balance of these two major sugars causes the crystallization of honey, the relative percentage of each determines whether it crystallizes rapidly or slowly. What crystallizes is the glucose, due to its lower solubility. Fructose is more soluble in water than glucose and will remain
fluid.


How should I store my honey?

Store your honey at room temperature. Even after opening, you do not need to refrigerate the honey.


Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey, With a Guide to More Than 30 Varietals

 

 


Raw Honey vs. the Honey Bear
What’s the difference?

Mass produced and supermarket honey is a blend of honeys from many places and floral origins. There’s no way for you to know exactly where it came from. What we do know is that it is processed, heated, filtered, and treated so that it has that uniform color and translucence that we have mistakenly come to know as “honey.”

Real honey is raw honey. It comes in many colors, textures and thicknesses. Each honey is as unique as its floral source. (And it does not come in a plastic bear - at least from us!)



The Beekeeper's Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses


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