After the beekeeper collects the honey it should be processed immediately after extracting because it crystallizes when it sits for too long.
Honey is actually sweeter than table sugar, but the problem with table sugar is that it’s bleached white since actual unprocessed raw sugar is brown. Honey is pasteurized to kill off the bacteria to make it safe to eat and to put on food.
Honey actually doesn’t have that golden color it’s actually white and pasty looking before it’s cooked down to the point that it caramelizes. Honey also serves a purpose in medicine and in many vitamin supplements, since raw unprocessed honey carries a high level of antioxidant’s and enzymes that aids in digestion and other health functions.
What is great about honey is that it’s slowly taking the place of corn syrup being used in a lot of the food that we eat today because corn syrup has been linked to cause diabetes because people eat it in such an increased amount. Honey is being used because it’s produced naturally, since corn syrup is mechanically processed. Honey is also being used in beer and other beverage like teas. Honey is becoming a hugely useful product that puts a lot of beekeeper’s back in the spotlight to produce high quality honey.
Honey was used in medicine to provide topical relief for rashes and skin irritation like the condition called MRSA, a resistant type of staph infection. Honey is also good for mixing it with a little lemon to treat laryngitis and was used to treat contagious conjunctivitis (pink eye) in the old days.
The most common way honey can be processed, the most common is taking the honeycombs from the beehive and making sure that the honeycombs are heated and treated via pasteurization.
That’s why it is wise to eat honey that’s been pasteurized, since you don’t know what kind of exposure the honeybees that produced the honey has been around so it’s better to eat honey that’s been pasteurized or produced by an organic farmer that does raw honey because that’s probably the safest kind of honey you can eat that isn’t going to expose you to harmful bacteria.
Many beekeeper’s are trying to take the honey they produce to the organic level because they don’t believe in producing a product using harmful pesticides and chemicals. Organic is your best bet because these farmers only produce a product on land that’s not treated with chemicals. Organic farming also have standards they adhere to in terms of what the market expects of the product and beekeepers are usually about doing things the natural way, especially when it comes to the honey they produce.