All Natural, Local Honey from Black Hammock Island, Jacksonville, FL

Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Below are frequently asked questions about bees, honey, and beeswax.  If you have a question, please send us an email.  We will respond to you, and may even add your question to our website.

HOW LONG DOES HONEY LAST?

 

If honey is stored properly, it will last forever. Honey has antibacterial properties that prevent it from spoiling.   Edible honey has been found in Egyptian pyramids!  Honey does not need to be refrigerated.  In fact, if you do refrigerate honey it will crystallize and become hard. 

WHAT DO I DO IF MY HONEY CRYSTALLIZES?

 

All natural honey will crystallize eventually.   Depending on the type of flower that produced the honey, it may crystallize faster or slower as the natural sugars in honey will solidify around the pollen in the honey.  Lower temperatures will also cause your honey to solidify or crystallize.  But it is not ruined and should not be thrown out.  You can re-liquify your honey by gently heating it in a bath of warm water.  If you are very careful, you can heat your honey 10-15 seconds at a time in the microwave, but this depends on the type of container your honey is in.

 

If you choose a warm water bath, be careful not to get any water into the honey.  Water will cause honey to ferment.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "NATURAL HONEY" AND HONEY I BUY IN THE STORES?

 

According to tests done by Food Safety News more than three-fourths of the honey on store shelves isn’t what the bees produce and according to the US Food and Drug Administration – isn’t honey at all!

 

Much of what is on the shelf in stores has been ultra-filtered, removing all of the natural pollens.  This filtering is generally done to extend shelf life and prevent crystallization.

According to the FDA, if the pollens have been removed, it can no longer be called honey. 

 

Additionally, China has been shipping honey to the US that contains antibiotics.  Indian honey has been found on grocery store shelves that contain antibiotics and heavy metal.  Some of what is on store shelves labeled “honey” is simply honey flavored corn syrup or diluted with corn syrup. 

 

By contrast, natural honey is straight from the hives, and simply strained.  The pollen in natural honey is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals.  It is said to be beneficial for people with allergies – especially if they purchase local honey that is made from the same plants that may be causing the allergies. 

WHY IS HONEY DIFFERENT COLORS -  SOME LIGHT AND SOME DARK?


The color of honey indicates the source of the nectar or what the bees ate.  Light colored honey comes from flowers like gallberry and saw palmetto, and darker honey from buckwheat or tupelo. 
 
DOES HONEY CONTAIN BACTERIA?
 
Bacteria cannot grow in honey because of its unique chemical compound.
 
 
IS HONEY NUTRITIOUS OR JUST ANOTHER SUGAR?
 
Honey is a natural sugar and is 2 percent minerals, vitamins, pollen and protein.  The vitamins present in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and amino acids.  Minerals include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.