Raw Honey

Honey is a remarkable viscous liquid, prepared by bees from the nectars of various plants. Dad's Bees honey comes straight from the extractor; It is unheated, pure, unpasturised and unprocessed.

Most of the honey found in the supermarket is not raw honey but "commercial" regular honey which has been heated followed by rapid cooling, it is also finely filtered to make it look clearer and smoother. This makes it more appealing on the shelf and easier to handle and package.

When honey is heated and finely filtered its delicate aromas, yeast and enzymes which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in the body are partially destroyed. Hence raw honey is assumed to be more nutritious than honey that has undergone heat treatment.

Our honey is strained to only remove some of the larger pieces of wax that fall in during extraction. This ensures pollen and most of the nutrients including vitamins, enzymes and trace minerals are retained.


Types of honey

Honey comes in many colours and can range from near white through yellow, yellow-green, gold, amber, dark brown or red to even black. Usually a lighter colour will indicate a milder flavour, while darker honey is customarily more robust and contains more minerals. Texture can also vary from thin to heavy.

Dad's Bees honey comes in various shades and flavours depending on when it was harvested.

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Local Honey

For the most medicinal and nutritional value it is usually recommended to use local honey. Local honey produced by bees which are from the environment in which you live and work.

Dad's Bees honey comes from hives in the local Derbyshire area. It therefore contains specific pollen from plants growing in this local area. Many people claim that eating local honey can help with certain allergens triggered by pollen. Local honey contains minute quantities of pollen from these plants and it is said eating local honey a little and often may help desensitise the body.

Health Benefits

Modern medicine has only recently discovered the fact that honey is a remedy to many diseases. We know it contains a variety of sugars and minerals and is considered an anti-oxidant. This means it allows the blood to circulate better and provide more oxygen to areas of the body such as the brain.

Honey is composed of sugars including glucose and fructose and trace minerals like Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Sodium, Chlorine, Sulphur, Iron, and phosphate. It also contains the vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3 all of which change according to the qualities of the nectar and pollen. Beside the above, Copper, Iodine and Zinc exist in honey in small quantities.

Researchers are not absolutely sure why honey heals but they are learning new things about honey every day.

A few things that honey is good for:

  • Hay fever
  • Healing open wounds
  • Sore throat
  • Eczema
  • The menopause
  • Burns
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