What is raw honey?

Raw honey comes straight from the beehive and is considered raw as the food is not processed or pasteurised after extraction. It is a natural sweetener that still retains all the nutrients, enzymes and medicinal compounds that honey is known for. Honey is this state is a living food, high in anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.

What are the benefits of raw honey?

Raw honey is loaded with vitamins and other rich properties. Due to its raw state, it preserves all it’s antioxidant and enzymes which gives it can help to restore your body inside and out. Check out our blog on the benefits of raw honey to find out more.

What does ethically harvested mean? Isn’t all honey ethically harvested?

At BeeRoots we are against all forms of animal cruelty – and that extends towards insect life too. Many commercial bee farms feed their bees with sugar, rather than allowing the bees to feed on their own honey. This is to maximise the yield of honey and increase profits. This makes bees weaker and more susceptible to illnesses and we feel that it is unethical to practice. Our philosophy is to work with nature and only share the excess honey that the bees produce.

What does cold-extracted mean?

Cold extracting is a process where the honey is removed from the frames without heating the honey. We use a traditional hand-operated centrifuge to extract the honey. This allows us to retain all the superfood qualities for you to enjoy.

Is your raw honey organic?

Our honey is sourced from the most pristine and untouched areas in the Balkan region. Our beekeepers do not use any chemicals or pesticides and only follow organic principles.

Is your honey blended or contain added sugar?

All of our products are pure and completely natural. We work closely with our own and also other beekeepers to ensure that we know what is produced and how it is produced. We only ever sell natural and ethical premium honey that is good for the bees and for us.

Is your raw honey pasteurized?

Our honey is cold-extracted and non-pasteurized.

Why does my honey have “bits” in it?

Our honey is only coarsely filtered so that it retains the pollen gains and other fine particles.

Why has my honey solidified/crystallised?

A key characteristic of raw honey is that it naturally crystallises, however different types of honey will crystalise at different rates.

Does honey go off?

Honey is composed of around 80% sugar and 18% water. The composition of honey and its special properties allows it to keep almost indefinitely when stored properly.

How do I store honey?

The best way to store honey is usually in your cupboard, away from direct sunlight and at room temperature or below. It is fine to store honey in the fridge but this will accelerate the crystallisation process which is fine if you prefer your honey with more texture!