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Raw Honey vs Processed Honey… So is it really honey?
Raw honey is in its purest form when it is unfiltered or never heated above natural hive temperatures.
Raw honey is a natural source of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and even antioxidant-rich vitamin C. It also contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulfur, and phosphate.
So what is the difference between raw honey and the honey that can be purchased at the local supermarket?
Nearly all honey purchased in the market place is heated to some degree, filtered, and/or even pasteurized. Filtering honey with a micron filter will yield honey that has no air bubbles, has no particulate matter in suspension, and will be perfectly clear. The reason for removing large particles, including pollen, is that these can act as “seed crystals” for honey crystallization. Filtering helps prevent crystallization on the store shelf. Honey stored at room temperature will crystallize over time, but the process can be reversed without detriment to the product by warming the honey to approximately 98F degrees.
Filtered honey, must be heated so it becomes less viscous and easier to pump through the filter. Heating honey to temperature above 98.6 has detrimental effects on the nutritional value of honey. Heating honey 100 °F causes loss of nearly 200 components, some of which are antibacterial.and destroys invertase, an important enzyme. At 122 °F, the honey sugars caramelize and it turns from a light color to an increasingly darker color as the temperature rises.
Filtering and processing eliminates many of the beneficial phytonutrients including pollen and enzyme-rich propolis and the pollen that has been denatured by the heating process.
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Makes about 500g
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup macadamias, finely chopped
- 2 tbs sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup pepitas [shelled preferred]
- Pinch salt
- Leaves of 1-2 small sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 4 tbs ARDEN HILLS GOLD Honey
- 1/4 cup moist, dried currants
Pre-heat oven to 160c/320F.
Mix oats, macadamias, sesame seeds, pepitas, thyme leaves and salt in a large bowl. Melt coconut oil and fold in Arden HILLS GOLD Honey in a small saucepan or in the microwave and stir in dry ingredients. Be sure not to caramelize the honey.
Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake in oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden. Stir the granola half way through to ensure even toasting.
Remove from the oven and stir in the currants. Leave to cool then store in an airtight container.
Serve the granola with Greek yogurt, milk and smashed mixed berries . Accompany with a slice of toasted brioche or a french croissant , slathered with fresh ricotta and drizzled with ARDEN HILLS GOLD Honey. Fresh orange juice and strong coffee on the side.
We are offering custom bottling for the Holiday season. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and availability. Honey makes a wonderful compliment to the traditional hostess gifts. You can pair ARDEN HILLS GOLD honey with your favorite gourmet cheese from the Rind Cheese shop , gourmet bread or crackers, hard fruit, and a libation of your choice to make the ultimate holiday gift. We have 3, 6, and 9 oz Hex jars by the case – 12 per.
A lot has transpired in the apiary this summer. The ‘girls’ have produced a fine quality honey which you can say is truly a local farm-to-fork food produced in an urban setting. We know we have a good product and decided to enter the GOOD FOOD Awards 2015 competition sponsored by the Seedlings Project.
Well__Arden Hills Gold made it to the finals out of 300 + entries in the Honey category. The honey was not only judged for quality but recognized for the sustainable management that we use, which allows the “GIRLS” to produce a high value honey with the minimum of intervention. Your continued support has allowed us to mange the “girls” so that you can enjoy the fruits of their work – or should we say ‘honey’ .