What is Honey?
Honey is primarily composed of fructose, glucose and water. It also contains
other sugars as well trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids.
Honey is "manufactured" in one of the world's most efficient factories,
the beehive. Bees may travel as far as 55,000 miles and visit more than two
million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey.
The color and flavor of honey differ depending on the bees' nectar source
(the blossoms). In fact, there are more than 300 unique kinds of honey in
the United States, originating from such diverse floral sources as Clover,
Eucalyptus and Orange Blossoms. In general, lighter colored honeys are mild
in flavor; while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor.
Most of us know honey as a sweet, golden liquid. But, in fact, honey can
be found in a variety of forms.
Comb Honey - Comb honey is honey that comes as it was produced — in
the honey bees' wax comb. The comb, as well as the honey, is edible!
Cut Comb - Cut comb honey is liquid honey that has added
chunks of the honey comb in the jar. Also known as liquid-cut comb
Liquid Honey - Free of visible crystals, liquid honey
is extracted from the honey comb by centrifugal force, gravity or straining.
Because liquid honey
mixes easily into a variety of foods, it's especially convenient for
cooking and baking. Most of the honey produced in the United States
is sold in the
Naturally Crystallized Honey - Naturally crystallized
honey is honey that part of the natural glucose content has spontaneously
crystallized from solution
as the monohydrate.
Whipped (or Creamed) Honey - While all honey will crystallize
in time, whipped honey (also known as creamed honey or sugared honey)
is brought to market
in a crystallized state. The crystallization is controlled so that,
at room temperature, the honey can be spread like butter. In many countries
the world, whipped honey is preferred to the liquid form.