Production

The North-Eastern part of India is the key area that produces natural honey. It is because of the presence of a wide variety of flower varieties and traditional hives in the entire region. Maharashtra is also one of the largest producers of honey in India. The presence of natural flora and fauna in the area makes bee farms a very common and easy business, and breeding of queen bees is quite common.

In the recent past, Punjab has also emerged as a large producer of honey as it yields quite a large portion of the honey that is sold in the country. The state also serves as a home to several beekeepers, recognised by the government.

Apart from Punjab, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, and Bihar contributes remarkably towards the production of honey.

Honey Production

Forms Of Honey

  • Honey Cut

    Cut Comb

    This type of honey has actual chunks in it from the comb that the honey comes out of.

  • Honey Comb

    Comb Honey

    This is the most natural type and is just the way it comes out of the hive. It’s not liquidised and in fact, is an edible beeswax comb.

  • Liquid Honey

    Liquid Honey

    The most common form of honey, this is extracted from the comb and then made into liquid and bottled - easy to store and consume.

  • Crystallised Honey

    This type of honey is as the name suggests, in the form of slight crystals that you can consume.

  • Cream Honey

    Cream Honey

    Think of whipped cream — this consistency is what the liquid honey is made into. It lies between crystal and liquid form and is a thicker, heavier version of honey that is more common commercially.

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Mustard Honey

Mustard Honey

Mustard is an important Indian crop and its flowers are as important as its seeds — especially for those who cultivate and sell honey. The mustard plant is pollinated by bees and its honey is much like the rapeseed variety which needs to be extracted as fast as it is processed.

Wild Forest Honey

Wild Forest Honey

This has a strong flavour, and is also the most beneficial. It is not as sweet as commercial honey, but the amber coloured treat is definitely one of the healthiest.

Sweet Clover Honey

Sweet Clover Honey

This is a very popular table honey and is the sweetest of most natural honey. It is a milder variant so if you want to start your journey with organic honey, this is what to pick.

Harde Honey

Harde Honey

Pure and unprocessed, this honey comes from the harde plant. It is non sugary and quite an acquired taste, but extremely good for your digestive system.

Eucalyptus Honey

Eucalyptus Honey

This is a popular honey but usually used for medicinal purposes. When you’re consuming it, bake or cook it into things for the best flavour.

Himalayan Flora Honey

Himalayan Flora Honey

This honey is rich, creamy and helps to sweeten dishes. It’s also got a delicate, floral flavour to it that you will love!

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Antibacterial

Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidants activities that helps in treating infected wounds. Honey is rich source of complex natural components which could be useful as antibacterial agents or as preservative which can be used for burns, venous leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, boils, sinuses, necrotising fasciitis and neonatal postoperative wound infection.

Anti - inflammatory

Honey, a cure to a wide variety of ailments and can be used as a potent anti-inflammatory and wound healing agent. There is a decrease in inflammation when applied to wounds, giving a soothing effect. The antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties of honey kill the bacteria present on the skin and also prevent new microbial growth, reduce swelling and pain, and stimulate healing.

Decongestant

Honey is a good decongestant agent to dilute the deposists of cholesterol on the wall of arteries. Adding it in our daily routine can boost the immune system as it helps to build a tolerance to local pollen, naturally fight allergies and gradually slow down the growth of a number of bacteria and fungus.

Immunity Builder

Honey, a powerful immune system booster is loaded with many medicinal, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Honey helps in boosting up the immune system by aiding in the production of white blood cells. It is also loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes which protect the body from bacteria and viruses.

Energy Booster

Honey, a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. It contains natural sugars, effective in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes as glucose in it is absorbed by the body quickly, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy.

Antiageing

Honey absorb and retain moisture, keep skin hydrated and fresh and prevents drying, hence keep the skin young-looking, radiant, and smooth. Honey absorbs impurities from skin pores and is also a good cleansing agent. Honey is an aid for treating skin damage, premature aging and even skin cancer.

Skin Rejuvenation

Honey contains anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, and is the natural remedy for skincare. Honey help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun's rays and can help in treating minor acne, supports the skin's ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple.

Health Tonic

Honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, probiotics and antioxidants. It is generally relaxing, antimicrobial, and soothing to the stomach and throat. Honey is highly antiseptic and antitoxic, hence act as a wound and skin healer. It is also nutrient dense calorie rich and helps to maintain energy levels.

Low Cal Sweetner

Honey, a true superfood and natural sweeteners which is packed with enzymes, antioxidants, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin B6, riboflavin and niacin. These nutrients help to neutralize free radicals while promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive system.

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Use it when you are feeling sick

Use it when you’re feeling sick

If you didn’t already know – we’re going to tell you! Honey can actually help your digestive system to the extent where if you mix it with ginger and lemon, it will help stave off nausea.

Use it to cure your acne

Use it to cure your acne

That’s right! Simple spread it on your face and leave it on for a while to cure and prevent the future formation of acne and alleviate existing scars.

Use it to get your blood flowing

Use it to get your blood flowing

Honey has been shown to be excellent for circulation, so if you feel like you’re lacking there, spoon up this treat. In turn, it also helps improve brain function.

Exfoliate your skin

Exfoliate your skin

Honey softens, exfoliates and gets rid of dry skin. Try it as a home remedy for smooth, glowing skin!

Use it to Sleep better

Use it to Sleep better

If you’re having trouble sleeping, we suggest adding a little honey to a cup of milk and sipping on it before you go to bed. You’ll be surprised at how easily you can fall asleep!

Use it to make your hair shine

Use it to make your hair shine

So, you know that it’s good for your skin. Did you know that if you mix a little honey with water and put it in your hair; you can actually get healthy, shining tresses? Try it out!

Use it to get rid of allergies

Use it to get rid of allergies

Yes, honey can get rid of your allergies, especially if they are seasonal ones. Include it in your meals to reap the most benefits!

Its not a sore loser

It’s not a sore loser

Yes, we’re talking about sore throats. The age-old remedy of honey-lemon water when your throat is soar is a fantastic remedy for an itchy, scratchy throat!

Storing Honey

  • Honey should be stored in a cool and dry area, away from the sunlight
  • It should be stored in a place where there is minimum fluctuation of temperature
  • Never use wet spoon in the container where you have stored honey
  • The ideal or the best temperature of storing honey is between 70-80°F
  • You can freeze hone because when it is frozen, it will never crystallize and lose its important nutrients.
  • It should be either stored in repurposed glass jars, glass canning jars, plastic food grade buckets, and plastic containers.
Storing Honey
Spotting Fake Honey

Spotting Fake Honey

Make sure the honey you consume is not sugar in form of honey! In order to differentiate between the real, natural honey from the fake ones, check the labels before you buy. Taste a sample of the honey, provided you know the taste of real honey. This makes it easier to differentiate the fake ones from the real. If you’re a first-time buyer, add a spoonful of the honey to warm water and see if it remains stuck in a lump on the spoon for a while. In addition, pure honey gets burnt easily as compared to adulterated honey, and is not usually absorbed if you blot it with a tissue paper.

Note

Most people think that crystallized honey is fake or adulterated. However, it is not the case because real honey will crystallize over a period of time as it is natural process with no effect to its taste except for texture and colour.

Precautions

Like with any good thing, too much honey is bad. So, remember to consume no more than 100g of it every day. Also, remember that if you’re adding it to anything too hot, you’re actually cutting out the health benefits because you’re destroying the enzymes present in it and damaging its vitamin content!

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