Why is some honey “set” and some honey “runny?”

August 1, 2017 Beeswax Honey 1

People often ask us if Monte-Bellaria honey—which is sometimes dense and semi-crystalized—has “gone bad.”  The answer is definitely NO!  It is, in fact a sign that the honey that you’ve purchased is pure, raw honey. We’ve discussed before that raw honey is unprocessed.  In particularly this means that the honey: Contains many of the natural ingredients from the bee hive, e.g. beeswax, pollen, vitamins, nutrients and propolis (a reddish-brown tree sap that bees use to… Read more

Healing Properties of Raw Honey: More than just a sweet treat!

April 3, 2017 Honey 0

The health benefits of honey have been discussed for thousands of years (and even makes an appearance in the Bible).  In our modern world, many of the health benefits (which have been well documented by numerous scientific research institutions) are related to eating honey. And when we are talking about healthy honey at Monte-Bellaria, we mean raw honey (that is pure, unfiltered—which means it includes pollen and other bee byproducts, is unheated, unpasteurized, and unprocessed… Read more

Flowers that Change the Taste of Honey: From YUM to Yuck

March 27, 2017 Honey 0

If you’ve ever tried local, raw honey you’ve probably noticed that various honeys can take on amazingly different tastes.  The key reason is that the flowering plants from which forager bees are collecting nectar and pollen have distinct taste profiles.  When bees forage primarily on one type of plant, the honey is called “monofloral” and produces a more consistent taste profile than when bees find many different flowering plants in their immediate area (up to… Read more