Our honeys are all coarse filtered to retain pollens and only gently warmed to jar.
It's always kept below the temperature which would have any impact on the active ingredients in the honey.
Raw is a term that’s been used to describe honey that is unpasteurised and only coarse filtered but trading standards have now ruled no honey company is allowed to use the term.
Due to the limited size of organic farmland in the UK it is almost impossible to attain organic certification here. There is no organic honey produced in the UK that we know of. However, we produce and source our honey in areas with very little exposure to chemicals such as national parks and nature reserves.
Although we and some of our suppliers do have some Black Bees in the hives the majority of honey comes from other strains. This is due to the relatively tiny population and their lack of popularity with honey producers.
Honey’s antimicrobial quality is measured by the term “Total Activity" (TA). The higher the TA score the greater the antimicrobial strength. Most unpasteurised and coarse filtered (raw) honey types possess some activity level, usually on a scale from 1 to 20. Honeys with Total Activity over 10+ are considered to have substantial antimicrobial properties. The test results for individual varieties can be found on their product pages.
Granulation is a natural process for honey. The time it takes to solidify depends on the nectars (fructose, glucose & sucrose) in the batch. If you prefer a runnier honey you can gently warm the jar in a saucepan of warm water or leave it in an airing cupboard.
No. Honey may crystallise over time but due to its high natural sugar content it will never really go off. The law states that we must put a 'Best Before' date on our labels, so we use the maximum allowable of 2 years.
To preserve the good stuff in honey don't mix with boiling water. Honey will dissolve in temperatures of 40-50°C so just use warm water instead.
Honey can be consumed by children over the age of 12 months.
All our honey is from the UK. We source it from all over, from North Yorkshire all the way down to Somerset. We even make our own including our limited edition London variety.
No. Most honey we consume is imported and the majority of that coming from China. On a lot of labels, it is often described as 'A blend of EU and Non EU honey' - meaning it could have come from anywhere.
Honey is a by-product of bees, so therefore not strictly vegan. However, we've met vegans who after trying our honey and hearing our story have chosen to buy it. All our honey is produced in an ethical, sustainable way by beekeepers who respect and care for their bees.
Yes. All of our is honey gluten free.