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100% Pure & Raw Illinois Clover Honey
100% Pure & Raw Illinois Clover Honey

100% Pure & Raw Wildflower Honey | Illinois

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100% Pure & Raw Illinois Wildflower Honey | by MizBeeHaven

**NEW RELEASE for 2020**

After numerous requests from our Illinois customers for a "Local"  honey, we have partnered with MizBeeHaven in Byron, Illinois. Many people prefer honey local to their area as a natural remedy for pollen allergies and other ailments. The theory behind this belief is that the bees are foraging nectar from the very plants that are causing allergies to flare. Eating the honey is to allergies like getting a Flu shot is to preventing you from getting the Flu! However, don't think that local is the only way to go. Jet streams blow pollen from one side of the country to another with ease. This is why allergies act up even when plants in the local area aren't even in bloom yet. In addition to local honey, consider our Goldenrod honey. Goldenrod is often the CAUSE of pollen allergies and works great to assist with allergy season. 

MizBeeHaven is  small family owned apiary that is owned by our friend Jeff. Jeff recently retired and now works full time tending to his bees. Jeff, along with friends and family tend to about 30 hives which produce an amazingly rich, medium sweetness honey that is also light enough for teas, baking, and cooking. Its truly a well rounded and versatile honey. This years honey is a mix of Star Thistle, Clover, and Cone Flower!  Byron Illinois is situated along the banks of the Rock River. Jeff's bees forage on prairie plants, river shrubs, and local flowers. 

This honey will arrive in liquid form or partially crystallized.

  • Type of Honey / Pollen: Clover
  • Sourced from: Illinois
  • Measurements / Weight: 22 Ounces / 36 Ounces (by weight)
  • Ingredients: 100% Pure Raw Honey (Unpasteurized)

Our Honey

Working with several family owned apiaries throughout the United States as brought us in contact with some amazing honeys! All of our honey hand picked from our suppliers to ensure it is pure, delicious, and RAW! Our Raw honey is not the standard, store bought honey that most are used too. Under United States law, in order to call a honey "Pure" it must contain at least 51% real honey. The remainder can be supplemented with filler syrup. This is the case with more commercial store bought honeys. Our Raw honey however, is 100% Pure Honey with no additives. We offer a couple types of honey with different flavors. Yes !.... honey flavors do differ.

So what is Raw Honey?

The technical definition of raw honey is very loose: it means not heated past pasteurization. To understand that, it’s important to first understand what happens inside the hive. When honeybees are at work, their collective body temperature rises and consequently warms their work area – that is, the honey. The temperature of an active hive, therefore, is about 95ºF (35ºC), and the honey is stable and “alive” – or rather, the enzymes in honey that give it the nutritional and beneficial qualities are alive. As long as the temperature of honey does not significantly rise past 95ºF/35ºC, the honey has not been pasteurized.

Many people misunderstand the concept of heating honey. There’s a myth that any heating whatsoever is harmful. But even the bees heat honey. During the winter months, the bees will heat the honey with their bodies in order to eat it and survive. During the summer, the bees do not need to heat the honey but the general temperature is about 95 degrees. As long as honey is heated gradually, then you don't loose the "good stuff" as we call it. Heating it rapidly is called flash-heating. This sudden heat destroys the enzymes and chemically changes the honey. It’s still sweet, but it’s now chemically more like a processed sweetener and may even taste different. Even without any noticeable changes, the honey has lost all its nutritional value (and is no longer raw).

Crystallization of Honey

Many people prefer crystallized honey as its a sign of purity and quality. After all, Crystallization of honey is a natural and uncontrollable process. Over time, almost all pure raw honey crystallizes. Crystallization of honey is a little understood process and a much misunderstood phenomenon. Honey contains more than 70% sugars and less than 20% water and is naturally an unstable super-saturated sugar solution. The composition ratio of glucose and fructose in a floral nectar source determines how fast the honey crystallizes. Honey varietals with a low fructose to glucose ratio, such as floral varietals Dandelion, Aster, Clover, and Alfalfa honey crystallize swiftly in days and weeks.

During crystallization, glucose sugar which are naturally pure white, separates from water and become crystals, while fructose remains as a liquid. That is why crystallized honey thickens, becomes more viscous and sets a lighter color than when liquid. Some honeys crystallize uniformly while others crystallize partially at the bottom of the jar and form a layer of liquid on top. See image on the right. Also, the size of the crystals formed varies from honey to honey; some varietals crystallize rapidly to form fine crystals while others, slowly to form large ones. (This is the reason why some honey varietals crystallize to form a coarse sugary texture, and some varietals crystallize to form a smooth creamy consistency.) The formation of crystals has absolutely no bearing on the quality of honey or its taste. 

Whats the difference between Zax Beeswax Raw and store bought commercial honey?

Raw Honey
Commericial Honey

  • Never heated above 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Promotes Good Digestive Health
  • Helps Pre-digest Starchy foods
  • More Nutritional Value
  • Aromas, Yeast, Enzymes Remain
  • Store Indefinitely (if store at proper temperatures)
  • Raw Honey Crystallizes
  • High Anti Oxidant Level

  • Heated above 100 degrees
  • Pollen, Enzymes, Crystals removed
  • Wont Ferment
  • Health Benefits Nullified due to pasteurization
  • Yeast Killed
  • Aroma and Taste Altered
  • Large Crunchy Crystals (If honey is old)

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