Don’t stress if your honey is going hard. It just means it’s natural.
Raw, unprocessed honey will go through a process called “crystallisation”.
Because Bella Bees Honey is a 100% pure, raw and natural honey, it will generally crystallise over time, except for a few varieties that stay liquid naturally and take much longer to crystallise.
More interesting Bee Facts and information about our Honey and crystallisation below.
Crystallised honey (also known as Candied or Granulated Honey) is a natural process by which honey turns from a liquid to a semi-solid state.
Crystallised honey is perfectly good and safe to eat, and most definitely does not mean the honey has spoiled or is of poor quality. Some of the most excellent honey varieties available crystallise to a very solid state over time. Crystallisation only changes the colour and texture of the honey, it does not alter the quality of honey.
Some people prefer crystallised honey, as it is easier to handle and spread without the drips. Bella Bees Churned Honey is formed by churning and crystallisation to a very fine state.
Honey is a delicious composition of natural plant sugars, water and various natural flavour compounds that come from the flowers that the bees collect the nectar. By focusing on the main components of natural plant sugars and water, over time, the natural sugars of the honey naturally settle out and form the sugary crystals that you may see.
Different types of honey crystallise at different rates. Some honey may crystallise within weeks and some over the years. Because the bees collect nectar from many different flowers, this provides different levels of sugars and other compounds in the nectars, and this may speed up or slow down the crystallisation process of the honey.
Temperature, storing, processing, blending and packaging are some of the factors that may cause effects of crystallisation. It also depends on the type of honey. The presence of tiny particles of pollen, wax or propolis may also accelerate crystallisation.
The quickest method to return honey from the crystallised state is to immerse the sealed jar of honey into warm water (40°C) and leave 15 minutes then give it a good stir. Doing this will help retain the natural anti-bacterial properties and return the honey to a liquid state. To help prevent honey from crystallising.
Bella Bees Honey does not recommend storing honey in a refrigerator as it significantly accelerates the process of crystallisation and will harden your honey. For the best flavour, honey should be stored at room temperature. During winter and if you are in an unusually cold area, try storing your honey jar next to a window where sunlight shines through and warms the honey up.
Bella Bees Honey is raw, natural and unprocessed honey. It is cold spun extracted from honeycombs, then coarsely strained to remove large chunks of comb wax. It is then packed with care and labelled as is, with no further treatment.
Because we do not “fine filter” or process, or heat treat our honey, from time to time, you may find a few very fine particles in your honey. These natural, fine particles could be one of three things; trace pollen from the hives, propolis particles, or fine particles of honeycomb wax, all of which are entirely natural, and edible.
You can buy and consume in concentrated states from health food shops. Most Bella Bees Honey products contain trace amounts of these particles in each jar, so please do not be alarmed. We promote our honey in its raw, natural and unprocessed state as it tastes so much better. These fine particles play a role in the unique flavour profiles of pure, raw, natural unprocessed honey.
When most people taste raw honey for the first time, most are very surprised by how different it tastes, compared to the generic commercial supermarket honey that they may have eaten in the past.
Mass-produced and commercial honey is generally highly processed, super filtered and heat-treated to slow down or prevent the crystallisation process from occurring.
Honey that treated to this extent does not contain its natural goodness, nutritional qualities, vitamins, minerals, trace pollen from the hive, propolis particles, fine comb particles and antioxidants. They are processed out to ensure it does not crystallise. A significant amount of the beneficial natural components of raw honey is the fact that it is unprocessed.
These natural components significantly add to the flavour profile of the honey that generic mass-produced honey lacks, hence why most mass-produced honey can often taste like flavoured honey syrup.
See more about healing properties and total activity in honey here.
How do Bees communicate and navigate? By doing the “Waggle Dance” of course.
This dance is a particular figure-eight dance of the honey bee and by performing it, successful foragers can share information about the direction and distance to trees and flowers yielding nectar and pollen.
At Bella Bees, we place the hives close to the pristine natural forest environments of Western Australian, far from any industry or suburban settings, resulting in Honey that is pure, natural, chemical and pollutant-free. Honey produced in Western Australia is arguably the cleanest and purest in the world.
Have you ever wondered how Bees make wax honeycomb? The hexagonal cells of the comb house larvae and other brood, as well as to store honey, nectar and pollen.
The wax comes from the glands of worker bees convert the sugar contents of honey into wax, which oozes through the bee’s small pores to produce tiny flakes of wax on their abdomens. Workers chew these pieces of wax until they become soft and mouldable, and then add the chewed wax to the honeycomb construction.
Once the honeycombs are filled with honey, the bees cap this honey off with a thin layer of wax. It is at this point that the honey is mature and ready to be harvested.
At Bella Bees, when we extract honey from hives, we try to leave the comb as intact as possible, we just remove the cappings with a hot, sharp knife and then spinning out the honey. The empty combs are returned to the beehives where the bees reuse and refill them, saving the bees the task of rebuilding the combs from scratch.