I have been a honey lover for a long time and have always liked to try different types. Until about a year and half ago, I have always bought my honey from the grocery store, but every time I bought a jar of local honey, like from a produce stand or a farmers market, I always wondered why it tasted so much different from the stuff I normally bought.
I heard a rumor a couple of years ago that honey from grocery stores were fake and between that, wanting to support local farmers and wanting to know where my food comes from, lead me to buying all my honey either locally, or raw Manuka Honey from an small online company. It is a change that I would have no idea how great it was until I recently read an article on fake honey... I will never support a large honey company again.
After reading this article, I believe that it gives a clear reason why honey from the grocery store all taste the same and completely different from local honey.
From the Article: "Ultra filtering is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen, which is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey. It is a spin-off of a technique refined by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey – some containing illegal antibiotics – on the U.S. market for years."
"Food Safety News decided to test honey sold in various outlets after its earlier investigation found U.S. groceries flooded with Indian honey banned in Europe as unsafe because of contamination with antibiotics, heavy metal and a total lack of pollen which prevented tracking its origin." Read the complete article here: foodsafetynews.com (in this article they have a list of honey brands that don't have pollen and they also talk about the private study they did on 60 jars of honey and the stores that carry them.)
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