Winter Park Honey

  (Winter Park, Florida)
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Over one third of all honey consumed in U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China

Check out this article by 'Natural Health News & Holistic Healing", http://www.undergroundhealth.com/asian-honey-banned-in-europe-is-flooding-u-s-grocery-shelves/ . Be careful when you purchase honey from an unknown source. Honey smuggled in from China may contain heavy metals and illegal antibiotics.

All of the honey sold by Winter Park Honey is produced in the U.S.

 
 

Over one third of all honey consumed in U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China

Check out this article by 'Natural Health News & Holistic Healing", http://www.undergroundhealth.com/asian-honey-banned-in-europe-is-flooding-u-s-grocery-shelves/ . Be careful when you purchase honey from an unknown source. Honey smuggled in from China may contain heavy metals and illegal antibiotics.

All of the honey sold by Winter Park Honey is produced in the U.S.

 
 

Why honey is the only food that doesn't go bad.

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Honey is magic. Besides its delicious taste, it’s pretty much the only food that does not spoil while in an edible state. But why, exactly, doesn’t honey go bad?

Honey has a lot of pretty incredible properties. It’s been used and investigated for medicinal properties for a long time, especially as a treatment for open wounds. Herodotus reported that the Babylonians buried their dead in honey, and Alexander the Great may have been embalmed in a coffin full of honey.

The oldest honey ever found was unearthed in Georgia, and dates back over 5,000 years. So, if you found yourself in possession of some 5,000 year-old honey, could you eat it? Well. . .

Chemical Properties of Honey

Honey is a sugar. You may have heard all sorts of things about the health benefits of substituting honey for sugar, which may or may not be true. While honey isn’t the same as regular, granulated, white sugar, it’s still a sugar. And sugars are hygroscopic – they don’t contain much water in their natural state. And very few bacteria and microorganisms can live in the resulting low-moisture environment.

Amina Harris, executive director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute at Univeristy of California, Davis says, “Honey in its natural form is very low moisture. Very few bacteria or microorganisms can survive in an environment like that, they just die. They’re smothered by it, essentially.” The fact that organisms can’t survive long in honey means they don’t get the chance to spoil it.

Another thing that sets honey apart from other sugars is its acidity. Honey’s pH is between 3 and 4.5 (or, more precisely, 3.26-4.48), which also kills off anything trying to make a home in honey.

And there are a few factors behind honey’s low moisture content, including:

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Bees

First, bees contribute to the low water content of honey by flapping their wings to dry out nectar. Second, the way bees get nectar into honey combs is by vomiting it there. This sounds really gross, but the chemical makeup of bees’ stomachs also contributes to honey’s long shelf-life. Bees’ stomachs have the enzyme glucose oxidase, which is added to the honey when the nectar is regurgitated. The enzyme and nectar break mix to create gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide is also a hostile force for anything trying to grow in honey. (Although, maybe not that effective in your cuts.)

Storage

This is important. The fact that honey is hydroscopic means that it has little water in its natural state but can easily suck in water if its exposed to it. If it does that, it could spoil. So the final key to honey remaining unspoiled is making sure it’s well sealed and stored in a dry place.

Why honey is the only food that doesn't go bad

Crystallization

Related to storage is the problem of crystallized honey. NOTE: Honey that’s crystallized is not necessarily spoiled. Americans apparently see crystallized honey as “wrong,” so large packers filter honey to remove any particles which may lead to crystallization. Raw honey and organic honey doesn’t go through the process, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to spoil. Also, different honey has different rates of crystallization. So it may just be that the honey you have is more prone to crystallization.

So crystallization doesn’t mean there’s anything “wrong” with your honey — but if you don’t like it, the big tip is to not put your honey in the refrigerator. Below 52 °F, crystallization slows down, so feel free to freeze your honey. And at temperatures above 77 °F, honey resists crystallization best. But honey crystallizes most quickly at temperatures of between 50 and 59 °F. So, if you want to avoid having to heat your honey to remove crystals (apparently slow, indirect heat is best for that, by the way), avoid the refrigerator.

Caveat: Infants

So, yes, honey mostly doesn’t spoil. However, honey can contain spores of Clostridium botulinum. This isn’t harmful to adults and children over one year old, whose gastrointestinal tract is developed enough to deal with the spores. But children under one are at risk for infant botulism, so honey is not for your infant.

So could you eat 5,000 year old honey? Well, if it’s spent that time sealed and stored against moisture, sure. If it’s crystallized, it’s not spoiled, just heat it up and put it in your food of choice. Unless you’re under one year old. Then you’d have to wait.

Top image: Honey Comb Structure by Gavin Mackintosh/flickr

Other images, in order: Phillie Casablanca/flickr A bee @work by Andreas/flickrHoney Trio by land_camera_land_camera/flickr;

 

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Raw Meadowfoam Honey

Raw Meadowfoam honey is created by the bees from the Meadowfoam which blooms in the valleys of Oregon State. The weather conditions must be perfect for the bees to create this delicate honey. Hence, many years have passed since they've been able to create this delicious honey. This year the bees made just a little bit and it is simply wonderful. It's a great honey for just about everything. With a wonderful light marshmallow flavor it goes great in your coffee, tea or drizzled over toast. Made in U.S.A. Bottled by hand.

 

Our honey comes to you straight from the comb to the bottle.  We don’t heat our honey so the natural goodness that the bees work so hard to put in the honey stays there.  We don’t use filters or strainers so our honey is loaded with all of the goodness that nature intended.


Our honey has been tested at a certified honey testing facility and has met and exceeded all honey standards. 

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This Allergy Season try Winter Park Honey's Local Wildflower Honey.

Winter Park Honey's Local WildflowerFormerly known as Allergy Bee Gone, many of our customers, from Maine to Florida and North Carolina to California, claim this honey has helped them alleviate and, in some cases, eliminate their allergy symptoms.  We have a patent pending on this product.  This honey is loaded with a huge variety of pollens from all over the U.S.A.  

Pure, Raw Buckwheat Honey

 

Pure, Raw Buckwheat Honey

Fresh from the Field! This honey is from the last Buckwheat Harvest (late fall). Our raw buckwheat honey is one of the darkest honeys there is. Rich in antioxidants which help to boost the immune system and fight off infection. It's great to add this honey to your tea or coffee throughout the cough and cold winter season!   According to the National Honey Board and our customers this honey is great for reducing coughs due to cold or flu. This honey has a molasses flavor and tends to be very thick.   All of our honey is made by the bees, bottled by hand, all in the U.S.A.of the darkest honeys there is.

Winter Park Honey 

Our honey comes to you straight from the comb to the bottle. We don't heat our honey so the natural goodness that the bees work so hard to put in the honey stays there. We don't use filters or strainers so our honey is loaded with all of the goodness that nature intended. Our honey has been tested at a certified honey testing facility and has met and exceeded all honey standards.

 
 

Recipe for Work-out recovery drink

Give yourself a lift this summer by mixing 1 tablespoon of our 100% pure Raspberry honey with 1 gallon of water.  Shake mixture vigorously and pour over ice to enjoy a refreshing drink rich in antioxidants.
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Taking truly raw, unheated and unprocessed honey can help alleviate pollen allergies.

Many of Winter Park Honey's customers have seen amazing benefits from taking our local wildflower honey for their allergies.  Our honey works because it is truly raw, unheated, unprocessed and local.  For honey to be effective for elliminating allergies, the pollen ingested must be from the plant that causes the allergies. Then, ingesting the pollen is similar to taking an allergy shot.  Our Ultimate Wildflower Honey has tiny bits of pollen from a multitude of plants that bloom all year in Central Florida.
 
 
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