Honey is a true Super Food
Raw honey is well know for its incredible health benefits and healing properties, rich in both vitamins and minerals. The most common are Vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, although amounts vary depending on the floral source of the honey. Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc are also abundant minerals in raw honey. Recent research has also shown that honey contains high levels the powerful antioxidants polyphenols and many studies suggest eating raw honey daily may help ease seasonal pollen allergies.
Raw Honey vs. Pasteurized Honey
2 Queens Honey is raw, pure and unpasteurized because we believe it’s important to retain honey’s natural and deliciously complex flavors while preserving all the vitamins, enzymes, phytonutrients and other nutritional elements found in honey. The pasteurizing process, which heats the honey to about 118 degrees for a short period, decreases flavor and removes many of the nutrients and enzymes that make honey so healthy. Commercial brands often pasteurize their honey to prevent crystallization or “spoiling”. However the truth is honey never spoils, ever. Yes honey will crystalize over time but crystalized honey is safe to eat and can be remedied by gently warming the bottle with water until it returns to a liquid. Always keep honey at room temperature and never put honey in the refrigerator as this will accelerate crystallization.
Honey Flavor and Color
Typically a honey’s color and corresponding flavor are a direct result of the nectar source the bees visit. Here in the Upper Delaware Valley region of Catskill Mountains plants like clover, fireweed and dandelion will produce a very light, almost clear honey that’s very sweet with a mild and delicate honey flavor. In contrast, goldenrod, knot weed and buckwheat often produce a very dark amber honey that’s less sweet but bold in flavor with nutty undertones. Summer wildflowers are a staple of the Catskills and a bee’s diet, they produce a medium amber colored honey with a lovely floral scent that we think is the perfect balance of sweetness and rich honey flavor. 2 Queens honey is always single hive harvested, making our honey truly local and wonderfully delicious.