Why is your honey so good?

My honey is locally produced from various locations near Jackson, in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.  You are tasting the concentrated nectar of thousands of the beautiful flowers that cover our fields and pastures. 

There are two things that make my honey unique.  One is the diverse floral source we have in the Jackson area.  The second thing is my particular methods of harvesting and handling my honey once it comes in from the field.

What makes Mo' Honey so special?

This honey is raw, never cooked or heated or subjected to high-speed filtration.  It retains all of the goodness and natural integrity that God intended.  What you have is what the bees produced (less the wax honey comb).

So it's raw, does his mean I need to cook the honey?

No, this honey is ready to eat.  Natural honey contains enzymes, antioxidants, and plant oils and excessive heat destroys these qualities.

Why would anyone cook their honey? 

Honey heated to high temperatures is easier to pump (thus filling jars faster) and also allows high-speed filtration.

Why is filtration necessary?

It's not, but filtered honey has a longer shelf life in the grocery stores.  The large grocery stores demand longer shelf life and much of nationally labeled honey sits in warehouses awaiting shipment.  The longer the honey sits, the more prone it is to granulate.

What happens if you don't filter your honey?  Does it go bad? 

No, but to filter your honey, you remove the micro-granules of wax and pollen that hasten the granulation of the sugars.  Basically, the honey changes from a liquid to a solid.  It is still safe to eat.

Does all unfiltered honey granulate? 

All honey granulates, some faster than others, depending upon the floral source.   If your honey granulates, remove the lid, and set the jar in a pan of warm water overnight.  Do not microwave the honey.  If you microwave it, it will get too hot.

So you don't process your honey?  What does that mean?

I don't process my honey, which means I don't change the character of what comes out of the hive.  I don't cook my honey, nor do I subject the honey to high-speed filtration.  You get what the bees had. 

All I do is screen out the wax particles from the honeycomb.  Aside from that, my honey contains all the ingredients that the bees depend upon.  This honey is straight from the hive (minus the wax).

I do, on occasion, have honey in the comb for sale. 

So your honey is produced naturally.  What does that mean?

Honeybees are susceptible to parasitic mites and certain diseases.  Traditional treatments involve powerful chemicals.  I don't use chemicals to keep mites from infesting my hives.  The mites don't affect the honey, but they can kill the bees. 

I rely on natural means to beat the mites, some of which is the natural resistance found in wild swarms.  And of course, every year I lose a hive to the mites.  I would rather produce natural honey than keep chemically addicted bees.

If you want more information on raising bees the natural way, click here.

So your honey is local.  What difference does that make?

Local honey has the ability to desensitize your allergies.  It won't cure you of your allergies, but two tablespoons of local, naturally produced honey each day will give your body the pollen it needs to build a reduced response to plants in your area.

By eating the honey, your body develops and adjusts to these elements, so that later, when you breathe in the pollen, your body doesn't react quite so much.

But note the remedy is not a cure.  It is not instant.  Your body needs to develop the resistance and desensitivity.

But all this is dependent upon your local honey being raw and unprocessed.  It's not enough to have local honey.  It cannot be filtered or cooked.  My honey is neither cooked nor filtered.  It retains all the natural goodness and wholesome integrity that God intended.  It is honey straight from the bees to your home.

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