FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Bharat Honey is 100% pure and natural. With absolutely zero adulteration and minimal processing, Bharat Honey is free from any form of chemical additives like preservatives, antibiotics, aroma, and external colour. Hence it is ideal for medicinal use.
BHARAT HONEY sell following authentic varieties of Natural Honey.
Bharat’s Multiflora honey 410/-/- per Kg
Bharat’s Kashmir (small bee) honey 850/- per kg
Bharat’s Sidr honey 850/- per kg
Bharat’s Jamun honey 550/- per kg
Bharat Honey is just about ‘RAW’ because it is utterly unheated, unprocessed, and unfiltered. Hence beepollen and all essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals & live natural enzymes are intact. thereby ensuring that our customers get the best produce with the utmost nutritional value.
One can easily make out its rawness by its natural aroma.
Undoubtedly, Bharat Honey is 100% pure and organic honey. It is procured from deep forest areas away from pollution or any kind of pesticide spray.
No, Bharat Honey is not certified organic honey. because genuine certification is a very expensive and complex process. However, when you compare Bharat Honey with any certified organic honey, you will find Bharat Honey equal to or even better than the certified organic honey.
We follow these steps to ensure the purity of Bharat honey.
1) Till today, we don’t rely on intermediaries to source our honey. We travel to each area personally to source our honey. This enables us to get raw honey directly from the fields.
2) After procurement, Honey is tested in the world’s topmost laboratory ie INTERTEK (Germany).
Apart from the common adulterants (Invert sugar, HFCS and rice syrup) which is added externally, These tests can even detect whether honey bees are fed with sugar syrup.
3) To ensure the authentic variety, Bharat honey undergoes Beepollen test.
In this test, honey is viewed under a microscope. If more than 50% of bee pollen belongs to one particular flower that honey is monofloral honey (Ex Jamun Honey).
4) The AGMARK label, under which Bharat Honey is packed, also signifies its purity and rawness. Honey is tested before packing and after it is released in the market.
5) We also offer a reward of Rs. 10,000 on each bottle if any adulteration is found. We are that confident! and this will bond us even more to maintain the purity of our honey.
To know authentic information about honey testing, please go through our video ”HOW TO CHECK PURITY OF HONEY”.
It is essential for you to know that natural honey doesn’t expire if stored properly. It is always recommended to store natural honey in a cool and dry place. it should be stored in glass or stainless steel container.
As a matter of fact, Bharat Honey doesn’t have an expiry date.
However, there is “Best before” date mentioned on all honey labels, only meant to follow the label rules of food regulations.
Pure and natural honey only darkens with age, and this darkening process fastens with an increase in temperature. Honey ageing is measured by the evaluation of HMF (hydroxymethylfurfural) content in honey. The darkening of natural honey is also a possible result of Millard’s reaction. This reaction mainly takes place between the amino acids and monosaccharides present in honey.
In spite of darkening honey will be edible for thousands of years. Honey found in the Egyptian pyramid was edible even after 3000 long years.
In earlier days people use to consume honey directly from beehives. All the benefits attributed to honey is because of its bioactive compounds like antioxidants, enzymes, bee pollen and micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.
Nowadays, when commercial interest took over. Honey was processed extensively to make it more appealing and smooth, Compromising its nutritional and medicinal value.
Processing of honey includes heating, filtration and moisture reduction. It is a common practice in most of the commercial honey.
If honey is Heated beyond 45°C, It starts losing its nutritive value. The industry practice is to heat honey around 65-70°C. Which robs all the nutrition from honey. This is done to pasteurise and kill yeast activity in honey.
The industry practice is to filter honey with 10-50 micron filter. The filtration is done to remove all the undissolved particles in honey including wax particles and bee pollen. This delays the crystallisation process honey and also makes honey smooth and shining.
During bulk production of honey, Honey is often extracted unripely. Unripe honey is thin watery with moisture ranging from 20-25%. Whereas Ripe honey has 18% moisture. That extra moisture is removed by heating and evaporating honey. But heat also removes the natural aroma of honey beside causing damage to its nutrition value.
During commercial production, honey is often extracted unripe. Unripe honey has a moisture level of 20-25%. This excess moisture may cause fermentation in honey.
Honey is heated to kill yeast and remove excess moisture. High heat also makes ultrafiltration possible. This high heating and ultrafiltration give honey a shining and smooth look. also, retard the crystallisation process of honey.
Moreover, the blending of adulterants is done during the heat processing of honey.
Our three decades of experience help us in escaping the processing of honey.
The main quality of honey is made in natur’s factory that is “BEE HIVE” . If honey is harvested after proper ripening, honey does not require any processing. Ripe honey has less moisture, hence does not require heating or pasturisation.
But still there might be some visible particles like dust, part of leaves, bee pollen chunks, bees debris or bigger wax particles etc. Our method is to remove these particles at the source level by a method called “separation process”.
“Honey is made to stand for a day in a container then remove from the tap. Discard the upper layer which may contain organic impurities like leaves, wax, pollen chunks, bee debris etc. All heavy impurities like dust or sand settle in the bottom “
This simple procedure make honey clean at source. Then it is transported to our clean facility. where it is warmed and strained to remove any remaining visible impurities.
Note: In our whole process Honey never goes beyond 45°c .
PURITY OF HONEY
Bharat Honey is 100% pure, natural, and unprocessed. It doesn’t contain any chemical additives, preservatives, antibiotics, external colour, and aroma.
On the other hand, commercial honey is adulterated with synthetic honey such as rice syrup, invert sugars or high-fructose corn syrup. Most of the commercial honey is processed at high temperatures and then filtered for the removal of bee pollen and other visible impurities. It also contains anti-granulating chemicals for the prevention of natural granulation or crystallization process.
VARIETIES OF HONEY
All Natural produce has varieties so as Natural honey. Aroma, colour and taste of honey will be different in each area depends on the flower source. Bharat Honey delivers authentic varieties of natural honey, which can be proved by the pollen test under the microscope.
Commercial honey doesn’t have varieties. They always have the same taste, colour, and aroma as if it is made in factories. This may be the result of heavy processing or adulteration.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HONEY
Bharat Honey has all nutritional and medicinal value intact. Bharat Honey can support your good health, enhance your immunity power, and help with the absorption of nutrients and minerals from other foods.
Commercial honey usually has no health benefits due to its adulterated contents. In fact, honey adulterants like rice syrup and HFCS are often linked with health ailments like obesity, cardiac problems, and diabetes.
CRYSTALLISATION OF HONEY
Just like any natural honey, Bharat Honey tends to crystallize and form white granules, especially in cold temperatures. We believe in creating awareness regarding crystallisation rather than ruining honey by heavy processing and adding chemicals to prevent crystallisation.
On the other hand, most of the commercial honey is heavily processed and adulterated with rice syrup which doesn’t granulate or crystallizes, even if refrigerated.
Most commercial brands sell honey at low or discounted prices because of its adulteration. As a matter of fact, the adulteration practice in honey is obligatory due to the following reasons
– Pure, natural honey varies in color, taste, and aroma according to its floral source, and commercial brands require uniform honey in large quantities which is next to impossible.
– Pure and naturally organic honey tends to granulate as white crystals (sooner or later). This phenomenon of natural honey is not favorable for commercial brands. Adulterants like rice syrup does crystallize.
– Commercial brands usually require large quantities of honey at low and constant prices, which is not possible because of the scattered production of natural honey.
Three decades ago “Bharat Honey” started as a small business of collecting honey from the tribals. Today has a widespread network of natural honey collection across the country.
We travel directly to different forests across the country during the honey flow season to collect pure, raw honey straight from the source.
Our whole story is best described in the following video.
.The story of bharat honey
The aroma, taste and color of honey differ in each area because each area has a unique set of flowers.
Honeybees fly in the radius of 1-2 km to collect nectar. If over 50% of that area is covered by a single type of flower, then honey collected from that area is called monofloral honey . The name is attributed to that source, like Sidr honey, Jamun honey, eucalyptus honey, ajwain honey, litchi honey, mustard honey, and clover honey etc.
It is always wise to ask for different types of honey, because the commercial synthetic honey brands can not give you varieties of honey.
As a matter of fact, honey bees visit almost every flower. But every flower does not have sufficient nectar to be stored as honey. Only a few types of flower have abundant nectar to be stored as honey.
honey bees main work is the cross-pollination of flowers.
Honeybees also collect pollen, which is called bee pollen. It also collects sticky propolis to make beehive safe from insects.
There are basically five types of honeybees present in India.
Apis Dorsata –
Also known as Rock Bee Honey, they usually make hives in open areas because they cannot be domesticated. It is the tribal people who harvest the rock bee honey. Each hive of Apis Dorsata contains around 10 to 15 kgs of honey.
Apis Florea –
This type of honey bees make their hives on trees. Alike Apis Dorsata, this honey bee mostly lives in open areas and cannot be domesticated. Each hive of Apis Florea can give about 0.2 to 1 kilograms of pure, natural honey.
Apis Cerena Indica –
It is a native Indian bee that is known for making its hives in close spaces in the form of multiple plates. Unlike Apis Dorsata and Apis Florea, this honey bee can be easily domesticated. You can extract as much as 2 to 5 kgs of honey from its colony during the flowering season.
Apis Mellifera –
This type of Indian honeybee is mainly used for the commercial production of honey. Beekeepers migrate them to flower-rich areas for the collection of nectar and extraction of honey. Each colony of Apis Mellifera can give about 5 to 10 kilograms of honey.
Apis Trigona –
Also popular as the stingless bee, Apis Trigona is the smallest bee that makes small pot-like hives for collecting honey. The honey collected by this honeybee is sour, and therefore, it is not harvested for human consumption.
Bharat Honey is mainly harvested from Apis Mellifera beehives. Jamun and Multiflora Bharat Honey are extracted from the hives of Apis Dorsata or wild bees.
Yes, indeed. All types of Bharat Honey can be used for preparing herbal medicines. Many herbalists have recommended Bharat Honey as ideal honey for herbal medicine preparation. Bharat Honey is 100% pure, natural, and raw with all its nutritional values, enzymes, flavonoids, and pollen content intact.
Ideally, honey should be stored in a glass jar or stainless steel vessel.
Honey should be kept airtight jar or vessel. This is because, If the atmosphere is humid(RH above 48%), honey imbibes water and get fermented.
Honey should be stored in a cool place. But should not be refrigerated otherwise it may get crystallised.
Yes, Bharat Honey may crystallize or granulate over time, especially during winter or if stored in the refrigerator.
It is important for you to know that our jamun and Kashmir honey are less likely to granulate, whereas multiflora and litchi honey are more likely to form granules or crystals over time.
To learn more about the crystallization of honey. Please go through our video The Crystallisation of Natural Honey