It became difficult to choose the food item of high quality in the city for several decades. The question how to choose the honey correctly is difficult and problematic for many people. Especially for citizens of big cities that can be fooled considering the quality of the products. Because city people haven’t got the experience of growing the natural products and very small number of them had the opportunity to watch such processes.
The most widespread fake is the masking of sugar syrups due to the various additives, their taste isn’t always nice, it’s sugary and the honey taste isn’t felt very well.
There are harmful for health fakes – based on the vegan syrups and flavorants.
What honey is there: widespread sorts
There are enormous number of sorts as of today, each of them has its own invaluable useful properties. They all have antibacterial properties, they are wealthy of vitamins and other matters, which are necessary for human organism.
White honey. This is one of the most popular types, the doctors usually order it to the patients. This sort is very useful and appreciated. Light warm color sometimes with green shade. Smell is nice, taste is soft and sweet, but not the sugar one. Very nutritious, contains a lot of vitamins and useful matters. Increases the immunity, helps to fight the diseases. Widely used in folk medicine.
Blossom honey. Unlike many other types, this one is sipped of various flowers with pollen, when the majority of honey is made of pollen of one plant.
Its smell is nice and it is one of the sweetest ones. It is also a quite popular folk remedy.
Buckwheat honey. It is sipped of buckwheat flower, it is dark, almost black sometimes. Has very sweet, but astringent flavor, its smell is also nice and strong.
It is one of the most useful ones. It is rich of Ferrum, so it can help to recover the level of hemoglobin in your blood.
Sunflower honey. Sipped of the sunflowers, it has amazing palatability traits. It is mostly dense, because it crystallizes very fast and becomes very light: from amber to almost white color.
It’s very nice for blood-vascular and respiratory systems. This honey also provides good digestion and excretes.
Mountain honey. This honey is frequently called the Carpathian one. It is sipped of mountain herbage, so it can have various color and taste. Strengthens the immunity and treats the catarrhal diseases.
Acacia honey. Has mostly liquid consistency, because its crystallization is slow. So it is highly recommended to diabetic patients and little kids, because it’s caught on very fast. This is very light, almost white. Soft smell and taste.
Wild honey. This sort of honey isn’t frequently seen and its price is higher. Wild bees produce it and the process of its sip is very hard. Nevertheless, it contains high concentration of useful junctions. This type is quite dense and the smell is acrid.
How to choose the honey correctly
Buying the honey on the bazaar (better do it there, because you can see it open and even try it there) or in the shop, pay attention to its several external characteristics.
Taste. Try to differ soft, honey and sugar taste from taste of sugar syrup. Each sort has its own palatability traits. Practically each of them gives the feeling of soft burning on your tongue.
Smell. Sugar syrup doesn’t have smell unlike the honey.
Color. Syrup is unusually and unnaturally light, almost white. Honey’s color is always smooth and can differ only because of crystallization. Such layers that on the top are more liquid and dark and those, which are at the bottom, are more dense and light. «Sugar» product can give itself away due to the lumpiness of color and dregs at the bottom.
Body. Good way to determine the fake: take the drop of product and put it on your skin. Natural honey becomes ground and is being absorbed. Fake has rolls and make the lumps.
Put the special stick or spoon in the honey. Natural product will be filamentary when spilling, it will flow like molasses, which will gradually straighten. The fake is more liquid, it will just drop.
How to preserve the honey at home?
Recommended temperature is -6…+20 degrees. Don’t change it. If you preserve it in the fridge let the product be there.
It is better to preserve the honey in dry and dark place. The best option is glass tin, ceramic ware or enamel ware, but it should be clean and dry. You can use food grade plastic. Avoid the metallic containers, they provide the oxidation processes.