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What’s the difference between Raw, Liquid and Crystallized Honey?
Consumers are often confused by the difference between the terms: varietal of honey and infusion of honey. The products are often coined with the same names on the product shelf. To simplify, the varietal of honey contains only pure honey. The varietal, which has infinite possibilities, can range from clover, to cranberry, to buckwheat; but, it contains only one ingredient – honey! The bees pollinated that type of crop primarily to create a different flavor profile and it is indicated on each particular jar of honey. This can be further complicated because the honey can be a single-source varietal such as blueberry honey, or a multi-source varietal such as wildflower honey. The final product can also be found in many different forms ranging but not limited to: liquid, crystallized, comb-form, and creamed. A honey infusion, on the other hand, is a honey that has had things added to it. An honest producer will reflect that on the label of the product.
The problem lies in that both a honey varietal and a honey infusion can be labeled the same. Take for example “Blueberry Honey.” If solid blueberries are added to the product, you have a direct indicator that this is, in fact, a honey infusion and not a varietal of honey. However, a liquid blueberry extract could be added and the only way a consumer would know is to flip the label and check the ingredient list. Now, I do have found with our local grocers, the varietals of honey are becoming increasingly popular and the honey infusions less so. While Farmers Markets and local markets are where honey infusions can be found.
There are some wonderful honey infusions. I, myself, make herbal infusions, which I add to tea when I have a sore throat. However, it is important to note that a honey infusion will not have the shelf life found in a varietal of honey. This is due to the nature of the additives, which frequently have some residual moisture, resulting in fermentation of honey. This is usually not a problem in a varietal of honey; although there are some varietals that have high moisture and are predisposed to fermentation. Honey contains water (15-18% is often standard); however, when the percent of water in honey is in excess of this range, it is often unbound and therefor available for fermentation.
At Merrimack Valley Apiaries we are beekeepers! We raise both the queens and the bees, which in turn produce the honeys that we sell. Being among the nation’s largest beekeepers enables us to transport our bees to crops and honey producing regions nationwide. Merrimack Valley Apiaries is a family farm operating for over 50 years, with experience covering three generations. Each year our farm produces over one million pounds of raw honey. We are able to provide our customers with raw varietal honeys that are local to the region in which they are produced.
In addition to raw honey production, we sell replacement and starter nucleus hives in the spring. We are also major crop pollination contractors for California almonds, blueberries in New Jersey and Maine, cranberries in Massachusetts, and apples in New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
No matter what product or service we provide, our goal remains the same, to provide our customers with only the very best available.
New England Honey is a family owned company that produces wildflower honey, beeswax and hive products.
Honeybees begin their work in early spring by visiting the flowers of dandelion, apple, plum and pear. Throughout the summer honeybees pollinate and gather nectar from blueberries, strawberries, melons, clover and many vegetable crops. The season ends with goldenrod and asters of fall.
From early spring to the first frost, honeybees work during every daylight hour pollinating crops and gathering nectar so that we can enjoy their fine honey as well as the vegetables, fruits and flowers which their efforts make possible.
We pride ourselves on the natural products that we provide ensuring that our customers receive the finest flavors, the purest products and the highest quality service available.
Warm Colors Apiary is owned and operated by Bonita and Dan Conlon. We raise honeybees to produce the finest regional honey from the fields and forests of Western Massachusetts. In addition to making specialty honeys, we also make pure beeswax candles, offer educational programs and beekeeping supplies.