The Many Benefits of Honey - information provided by the National Honey Board

In addition to being a great natural sweetener, honey has a multitude of benefits that many people don't know about.  Have you ever had an unrelenting sore throat? Honey has been proven to be a natural throat soother! Are you an athlete looking for a natural energy boost before the big game? Honey's unique blend of natural sweeteners gives it the ability to provide quick energy in any circumstance. This section of the Web site will allow you to further explore these and other benefits of honey, and will also be a source for nutrition facts on this pure, natural sweetener.

When scientists begin to look for all of the elements found in this wonderful product of nature, they find a complex of naturally flavored sugars as well as trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. (Complete information concerning honey's chemical makeup and nutritional content is available in our do"nloadable PDF brochure, Honey, a Reference Guide to Nature's Sweetener).

Honey is made by bees in one of the world's most efficient facilities, the beehive.  The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey!

I came across another interesting and informative website describing more about the benefits of honey.

Besides all that, it tastes great. The color and flavor of honey differs depending on the bees' nectar source (the blossoms). In a suburban setting such as the San Mateo Ecovillage, we can't tell you what kind of honey we have. The bees forage in our extensive gardens as well as around the neighborhood from a broad variety of flowers and herbs...even flowers on our vegetables that we are letting go to seed. Our raw honey is never heated and only has minimal filtration to remove wax and other particles.

The Delicious Forms of Honey

Most of us know honey as a sweet, golden liquid. However, honey can be found in a variety of forms.

  • Comb Honey - Comb honey is honey in its original form; that is, honey inside of the honeycomb.  It is truly the only honey that is totally unprocessed. The beeswax comb is edible!
  • Cut Comb - Cut comb honey is liquid honey that has added chunks of the honey comb in the jar. This is also known as a liquid-cut comb combination.
  • Liquid Honey - Free of visible crystals, liquid honey is extracted from the honey comb by centrifugal force, gravity or straining. Because liquid honey mixes easily into a variety of foods, it’s especially convenient for cooking and baking. Most of the honey produced in the United States is sold in the liquid form.
  • Naturally Crystallized Honey - Naturally crystallized honey is honey in which part of the glucose content has spontaneously crystallized.  It is safe to eat.
  • Whipped (or Creamed) Honey - While all honey will crystallize in time, whipped honey (also known as cremed honey) is brought to market in a crystallized state. The crystallization is controlled so that, at room temperature, the honey can be spread like butter or jelly. In many countries around the world, whipped honey is preferred to the liquid form especially at breakfast time.

Since there seems to be such unfamiliarity with eating comb honey, I gathered some more resources: some historical references, some good information from Savannah Bee

Our honey is available only at our home at
San Mateo Ecovillage
or at occassional local events with which I participate along with the San Mateo Bee Guild such as the
San Mateo County Fair
and the Maker Faire.

 

 



Raw Liquid Honey
$12/pound

Various larger or smaller jar sizes may be available. Discount at home and if you bring your own jar.

 

bee comb hex jar

Offered in hexagonal jar for $10 (weight seems to vary between 13-14oz.) Also honey bears, same size, same price.





Chunk Honey/Cut Comb

honey comb immersed in liquid honey
$12/pound

Discount if you bring your own jar.

 

I have come across one specialty honey that I really like so am selling it as well. It is Black Sage Honey from the S. CA Coastal Area. It is considered a rare honey and I am selling it for $14/pound.

sage

 



Creamed Honey
1/2 pint
$8.00





Creamed Honey
pint
$16.00

 

Creamed honey is a rare treat that is not always available. It is a special crystallization process that creates a very fine crystal so that the honey remains soft and spreadable....sort of like the consistency of peanut butter, but it is pure honey.

 




Honey Comb
$1/oz

 

My honey comb was a blue ribbon winner at the
2011 San Mateo County Fair.

 

Honey comb is hand-cut so sizes, and therefore prices, may vary. Priced at $1/oz.

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Honey comb also available in reusable storage boxes.

My selling price for honey is based on charges most people are selling for in our local bee guild. The prices from one of the larger bay area honey producers are significantly higher as are most selling at Farmers' Markets.