A Beekeeper Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

I see some sugar like crystals on the bottom of the honey bottle. What is this?

What you see is a process called Crystallization, this is a natural process with genuine honey.

Does crystallization happen when sugar is added?

No, Crystallization happens when honey is stored at cooler temperatures. Secondly honey also tends to crystallize faster if the glucose-fructose ratio has more glucose, this happens when bees visit specific flowers. Also, some pollen from flowers like Eucalyptus or Sunflower present in the honey tend to speed the crystallization process. 

Is crystallized honey safe to consume?

Yes, crystallized honey is as good as liquefied honey. In fact, a lot of people enjoy crystallized honey as it spreads very well with bread, reducing sogginess. 

How can I get my crystallized honey in liquid form?

All you need to do, is keep your honey jar in the sun for some time, or keep the jar in warm water and the honey will be back to a liquid form.

The honey that you provide is pure? Or do you add something to it?

Yes, we offer pure honey. Our bees bring nectar and pollen from the flowers to the bee boxes.

  • ·       Convert it into honey and store it.
  • ·       We extract the surplus honey.
  • ·       We do a basic filtering to remove any foreign particles.
  • ·       We passive heat it at 65 degrees to eliminate any yeast particles present.
  • ·       And bottle it.

We don’t need to add anything else, nature has added everything needed to make good honey.

What is 'Jamun Floral Honey' or 'Eucalyptus Floral Honey'? Do you add some flavours to it?

No, we do not add anything. What this means is that the bees visit one specific type of flower and bring back nectar and pollen from that specific flower and convert it into honey. This kind of honey is called ‘Monofloral Honey’. Say for example the bees visit mostly the Jamun flowers and bring back nectar and pollen from the Jamun flowers and make honey, then the honey is tagged as ‘Jamun Floral Honey’ which is a monofloral source. The honey will not taste like Jamuns, but will carry the dominant goodness and health benefits from that specific tree/fruit/flower.

So why tag your honey as 'Monofloral honey' or in your case example 'Jamun Floral Honey' etc? We know honey as just plain honey, what difference does it make?

Well, honey from different ‘Monofloral’ sources have different colours, flavours, health benefits and uses, which our consumers would like to take into consideration. Also, this gives our consumers a satisfaction that we have gone one step further to ensure that the honey comes from the right source, right up to which flowers the bees have visited. Nowadays, there are bad practices where larger institutions have resorted to practices like feeding the bees ‘high fructose corn syrup’, which the bees convert into honey. This in turn harms the bees, and has absolutely no benefits that come from the flowers. Additionally, we test our honey in laboratories, which determine and send us a report of which flowers were the dominant flowers visited by the bees, and only if there is a dominant single floral source, we tag the honey as ‘Monofloral’ or any specific floral honey. If we discover that the bees have been visiting multiple varieties of flowers, then we tag our honey as ‘Multifloral’ honey. 

'Monofloral' and 'Multifloral' Honey? What is the difference?

‘Multifloral Honey’ – When the bees visit flowers of various types, and the honey does not derive from one particular flower type.

‘Monofloral Honey’ - When the bees visit flowers of one specific type, and the honey is dominantly derived from one specific source.

How do you find out the floral source? How do you know where the bees have visited?

There are some practices that bee keepers follow like keeping the bee boxes in some flowering areas during a particular flowering season and immediately extract the honey, but to keep it short and simple. What we do is once the surplus honey is extracted, we send a sample to the laboratory for analysis. And amongst all the mandatory tests, one of them is to check the honey sample under an electron microscope and check the dominant pollen type (if any), and understand if the dominant pollen is from a particular source.

Yes, honey has pollen in it, which is dispersed and not visible to the naked eye, also each floral type has a unique pollen structure, this helps us identify which flowers were visited to get the honey.

Pollen in honey? What is the connection?

When honey bees forage on flowers, they collect nectar as well as pollen. Pollen is a necessary part of the honey bee’s diet. Honey gives them energy primarily from carbohydrates and pollen gives them protein. Of course, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids are present in either of them. Honey bees mix their honey and pollen in a form of bread and then it is consumed.

Hence when, honey is extracted, it has traces of pollen in it.