Saturday, February 19, 2011

Light vs Dark Honey?

Ever wonder why some honey is light and others are dark?  Have you ever noticed it before?  If you haven't, then you are probably buying mega store honey and not from a local beekeeper.  The big commercial honey processors super heat  honey in order to get a uniform color.  Once honey has been heated, all the active enzymes are killed off and most of the taste.
Urban beekeepers call light honey "Spring Honey" when the food source for the bees are limited.  Dark honey is called  "Fall Honey" when the bees have a wider source for food.  Fall honey has a stronger taste and better for those with allergies.  It's a different taste (especially if you only use to store brought) that you have to get use to.  It's like white wine vs red wine, both wines are made from grapes but taste very different.

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