1. What makes BeeRoots honey special?
We are sustainably sourced and ethically harvested. Our mission is to promote ethical beekeeping and give back to nature by regenerating natural habitats and restoring biodiversity. Furthermore, we use eco-friendly suppliers and packaging materials to keep it sustainable and environment-friendly. You can learn more about us by checking out our story.
2. 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.
3. Where does your honey come from?
BeeRoots honey comes from Bulgaria. Beekeeping has been part of the Bulgarians’ life since the ancient Thracian period. Bulgaria’s rich biodiversity and unique ecosystem give it an advantage when it comes to ethical beekeeping. Over one-third of the country’s territory are mountainous or semi-mountainous; away from industrial areas and all sources of pollution.
The lack of working enterprises in the heavy industry led to the preservation and enrichment of the ecological environment. A combination of moderate climate, varied vegetation, and rich ecological condition encourages the development of strong and healthy bee colonies, as well as the extraction of clean and useful honey with strong taste and aroma.
4. Why don’t you sell honey produced in the UK?
People consume more than can be produced in the UK. Producing here would also mean fewer varieties of honey due to the mixed environment. Honey is usually produced in a built-up environment which could lead to potential contamination. Honey production requires large, open and pristine set up which is hard to find in the UK.
5. Is local honey better for alleviating hay fever symptoms?
There is no reliable, widely-accepted scientific research indicating that local honey, or any honey for that matter, has positive effects on allergies. Until there is a significant amount of research showing positive effects, we cannot say that honey will help with this.
6. What is raw honey? And what are its benefits?
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.
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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Is your raw honey pasteurised?
Our honey is cold-extracted and non-pasteurised.
11. I can see “bits” in my honey and it solidifies?
Our honey is only coarsely filtered so that it retains the pollen gains and other fine particles. A key characteristic of raw honey is that it naturally crystallises, however different types of honey will crystalise at different rates.
13. 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.
14. So, 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!