Frequently Asked Questions
Apply a small amount of honey to your thumb and see if it spills like some other liquid. If it does, it is not real honey.
Put a spoonful of honey in a glass of water. Fake or adulterated honey dissolves in water, while pure honey, which has a more dense texture, settles as lumps at the bottom of the glass.
Combine a tablespoon of sugar, a little water, and 2-3 drops of vinegar essence in a small mixing bowl. If this mixture foams up, there’s a good chance the honey has been compromised.
The Heat Test
When pure honey is heated, it caramelizes easily and does not foam. Impure honey, on the other hand, does not caramelize and becomes bubbly when heated.
The Flame Test
Pure honey is inflammable. Dip a dry matchstick in the honey and strike it against the matchbox. Your honey is pure if it lights up and if it doesn’t light, it is likely adulterated.
Honey contains natural sugars (fructose and glucose) and water and there’s simply not enough water in honey to keep all of its sugars dissolved permanently.
While fructose tends to remain dissolved, glucose has a much lower solubility which makes honey crystalize naturally.
The crystallization of various types of honey will vary based on the nectar used to make it. The more glucose, the faster it crystallizes.
Sugar is devoid of proteins, hormones, and vitamins. Honey, on the other hand, is a pure sugar that keeps the nutrients.