Points To Ponder.

September 4, 2018

Many a times, you may come across people praising the health benefit of wild honey. In the first place, there is no such thing as wild honey, only wild bees.

 

Imagine if I were to place a colony of bees under the same tree. Does that mean the honey collected from my domesticated bees are considered "Wild" too? The fact is that there is no difference in the honey because both the wild colony and my domesticated colony are collecting nectar from the same source. On top of that, harvesting honey from these wild bees is in fact killing them prematurely. At 1:10, you can see how this honey hunter began to cut the brood portion and let it fall to the ground, killing the brood. All these killing is because there is a demand for "wild honey" from ignorant consumers who are willing to pay for "exotic honey". When the buying stops, the killing will.

 

One of the most important parameter for good quality honey is the moisture content in the honey. These wild bees or Apis Dorsata are normad bees and they migrate from one location to another. Due to their nomadic behaviour, the honey are usually capped even before they are ripen. The moisture content are usually hovering around 25% to 27%. This amount of moisture makes the honey unstable and thus the fermenting process will take place at a much faster rate. You cannot keep this honey for a longer period.

 

According to the European Honey Standards, moisture content must not exceed 20%.

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