We carefully harvest our honey from our hives both on our farm and on neighbors' land. After collecting the frames filled with honey comb, we remove the wax seals on the honey combs and let the honey flow into a large container. From there it is gently heated (always at least 15 degrees less than the maximum temperature that occurs naturally inside a hive—about 115 degrees F), and the bee parts and broken wax in are filtered out. That's it! No more processing, no additives, nothing to reduce the natural health qualities of pure, raw honey.
If you would like a more in-depth account of what raw honey is, check out "What is Raw Honey?".
There have been many studies and reports of why raw honey is good for you. Most of them mention that honey is an antioxidant, antibiotic, and anti-fungal substance. What may be more surprising is that honey may be of use in dieting! Since honey is sweeter than sugar, one can get the same sweet taste while consuming less. Two web sites report on this, and a quick search for "raw honey health" will result in more hits than you probably would care to peruse. Our favorite sites are "What are the health benefits of honey" and "Why it's better going with raw honey".
One important thing to note is that raw honey should never be given to infants under 1 year old—their digestion is not up to the task!
Why is honey cheaper in stores? (or why does our honey cost more?)
Primarily because cheaper honey has been pasteurized and ultra-filtered to remove all sediment. This results in a beautiful honey that has a long shelf life—virtually all natural honey will eventually become granulated so that it will have to be heated to restore it to its perfect state—remember not to heat the honey above 115 degrees F!
Moreover, many times cheaper honey has been cut into a honey "product" with corn syrup—sometimes not even specified on the label. Also imported honey containing possible toxic chemicals is used to bring down the cost. Large corporations and even unscrupulous individuals often choose profit over quality. bees-and-beekeeping.com, explains what results from this.
But there is a price to be paid for converting raw honey into the pretty, sparkling, processed honey sold by most supermarkets. Some of the raw honey health benefits may be discarded in the process.