We live in a mass food production world. Entire farms of genetically engineered fruits and vegetables, poultry and beef raised in a mass way. Even the organic foods market has become mass.
But raw honey, like the Basswood and Star Thistle pictured above, is as carefully considered and crafted as a handmade Maserati. Their unique tastes prove it.
Honey attains its sweetness from monosaccharides, fructose, and glucose, and has relatively the same sweetness as that of granulated sugar. There are several attractive chemical properties in honey for baking, and a distinctive flavor that more and more people say they prefer over processed sweeteners.
Worried about your weight? You don't need to be when eating raw honey, as 1 tbsp. of raw honey has only 60 calories and 17 grams of carbohydrates. What's more, because raw honey is composed of unfiltered, unheated honey it often contains nutrient rich bits of honeycomb, pollen and propolis as well as healthful enzymes, minerals, amino acids and B vitamins.
And the reason raw honey is as safe as it is for anyone over the age of 1 is because most microorganisms do not grow in it because of its low water activity.
Real, raw and rare. Just the way we like it.—N.B.