FAQs

HONEY

Is local honey good for allergies?  Yes!  The scientists are undecided, but our customers are convinced that it is good for allergies.  The problem lies in the specialties of the scientists.  Many of them believe that bees only get pollen from pretty flowers, while allergies come from weeds and trees.  However, beekeepers know that bees gather pollen from all three.  

How much honey should I take for allergies?  1 Tablespoon per day should do it.  The honey can be mixed in tea, spread on toast, or topping your favorite cereal.  It doesn't really matter.

What's the difference in Wildflower honey and other honey?  Wildflower honey means that the pollen and nectar comes from many flower sources.  Since we are not pollinators (we don't move our bees to pollinate other crops) our bees just do their thing around Northern Virginia.  Wildflower is usually a dark amber with a very full and rich flavor.  

What is Raw Honey?  Raw honey has not been pasteurized (pasteurization is a process that destroys microorganisms with heat) or super-filtered to remove pollen.  Often mass-produced honey goes through these processes to ensure each bottle is identical in clarity (super filtering) and will not crystallize or spoil (pasteurization).  Together, these processes turn your honey into honey-flavored syrup.

I bought raw honey before and it was cloudy, why isn't yours cloudy? There is no set standard for calling honey "raw."  Many will partially crystallize their honey to make it look more rustic, thus appear more raw.  Honey comes in all different colors and textures depending on the bees' forage sources.   

Why does my honey crystallize?  Crystallization is a sign of pure and natural honey.  Honey is basically a sugar that bees use honey for their carbohydrates. When bees bring nectar into the hive, they fan it to dehydrate the nectar to under 18% water.  That means that there is just not enough water to keep the sugars in a liquid state and crystals form.  Refrigerating honey speeds up the crystallization process. 

What should I do with a bottle of crystallized honey?  Easy day!  Just run it under some hot (not boiling) water for a few minutes, and the heat will melt the crystals.