If you were asked to picture a jar of honey in your mind, what would it look like? A clear and very appealing golden liquid perhaps? Supermarket shelves have an array of honeys for sale, all with attractive labels and most offering honey that looks pretty much the same. So, what do you do when you see a jar of honey where the contents look beige and solid, where you can clearly see that the sugars in the honey have crystallised? Chances are you would leave it alone and consider that there must be something wrong with it because ‘it just doesn’t look right’.
This is such a shame, particularly in an age where we are turning more and more to products with only natural ingredients and where we are trying to distance ourselves from ‘processed’ or ‘refined’ food. In the simplest of terms, you can’t get more natural than raw honey, and with that raw state, you get all the benefits of honey that aren’t destroyed when natural honeycomb in processed. What you don’t get with raw honey, is the ‘sun-kissed’ golden glow from a visually perfect amber liquid, but that is more than made up for with the fantastic flavour. Majority of the people who have tried raw honey will never go back to eating commercially processed honey again.
The health benefits of honey have been known for millennia, and more recently its antibiotic properties have been specifically identified. Additionally, honey has often been used to help desensitise those who suffer from hay fever and other pollen-related discomforts. When you think of the medicinal properties of Finnish honey, it is hard to ignore the clean and unpolluted environment in which Finnish bees live and thrive, which is directly reflected in the quality and taste of our Finnish raw honey.
Where Hikiän Raw Honey is concerned, this ‘northern honey’ can vary in consistency from year to year, depending on the levels of nectar from various plants, such as raspberry, cloudberry, lingonberry and willowherb in the wild forests of Hikiä. In addition, our raw honey is never ‘churned’ but is instead filtered direct from the honeycomb, the filter used to extract any of the wax particles from the honeycomb itself – that is the only ‘processing’ our raw honey goes through. Thus, you will always find raw Finnish honey is in a harder and more ‘spreadable form – the other plus side of this being that you don’t find honey has ended up all over the jar, your fingers and everything else you come into contact with. Perhaps we should call this ‘child friendly’ honey too?
If you are particularly interested in natural products and want to know more about the benefits of raw honey, don´t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be glad to answer your questions. As for just how delicious our honey is, well the best thing we can suggest is to buy a jar of our Hikiän raw honey – we know you won’t be disappointed!