Raw, Pure, Creamed - What does it all mean?
There are so many options out there when you are choosing your honey – Raw, Pure, Creamed, etc you can wonder what exactly the difference is and be left feeling very confused as to what is the best honey to buy.
In many cases, honey may be more than one of these things, but they do each mean something different.
Pure Honey: Our honey is “pure honey” as you are getting 100% honey, without any other ingredients (sugar or corn syrup, which is sometimes added to industrial honey overseas to reduce costs).
Raw Honey: The difference between raw honey and pure honey is that in addition to being pure, “raw” honey has not been heated to the point of pasteurization (no higher than 48°C). The benefit of not heating honey is that the naturally-occurring enzymes, vitamins and minerals are preserved and you get the full benefits of them from eating raw honey.
Creamed Honey: Our creamed honey is made from 100 % pure raw honey. The creamy smooth consistency is obtained through a controlled crystallization process, producing very fine uniform crystals, which prevent the formation of larger crystals.
Raw Creamed Honey Has An Extra Step: After collecting and straining raw honey from the hive, it is put into the honey creamer. A honey creamer is basically a big tank or vat with an auger that spins liquid honey periodically over a few days. As honey naturally wants to crystallize in the tank, by stirring it, that interferes with the crystallization process. This allows the size of the crystals to be controlled. The smaller the crystal, the smoother and creamier the honey. Creamed honey has a smooth, sumptuous texture that is perfect as a spread but preserves the goodness of raw honey.
The source of flower nectar for honey has a huge impact on how it crystallizes too! Some flowers create smooth honeys by themselves, while other flowers create honeys that take a very long time to crystallize. Our Beechwood Honey Dew honey is the only honey we produce that will not naturally crystallise.