Frequently Asked Questions About Honey

What is “raw honey”?

Raw honey can mean a lot of different things, but when we talk about raw honey we’re talking about honey that’s as close to the hive as possible.

Honey in its raw form has a wealth of antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Our honey is never pasteurized, filtered or altered. Doing so would destroy the very essence of what makes honey magical.

What is crystallized honey and can I eat it?

Raw, unfiltered, unheated honey will crystallize. Crystallized honey is not honey that has gone “bad” or become “rotten” or spoiled. It’s a perfectly natural process and a sign that your honey is the real deal. Some people even prefer the crunch of crystallized honey as opposed to liquid honey!

Some types of honey seem to crystallize more quickly than others. Gallberry and Orange Blossom are in this category. Moisture content in the honey, pollen, temperature and sunlight can all affect the crystallization process.

Many countries do not sell liquid honey and only carry crystallized honey. Not all honeys crystallize in the same manner. Some honey crystals are very small and have a very fine consistency. Clover crystallizes in this fashion. Other honey crystals are somewhat larger and more course. Crystallized honey has long been accepted and preferred in parts of Europe and the U.S. marketplace is quickly embracing crystallized honey.

What are some benefits of crystallized honey?

Some benefits of crystallized honey include:

  1. It's the spoonable "no mess" honey solution
  2. You can spread it on bread or crackers easily
  3. It’s easy to cook with and a wonderful spread glaze. Put it where you want it. It won't run off and slide to the bottom of the pan
  4. Easier to "measure" out how much you want in your tea or coffee
  5. No need to pour or squeeze from the bottle
  6. Crystallized honey melts in your mouth

Is it possible to un-crystallize honey?

If you don't like the appearance or benefits of crystallized honey you can remove the lid (or loosen it) and put the jar in warm water. On the label, we recommend not going over 100° F. This will help to retain the flavor, nutrition and all of the beneficial health properties of your honey. It is a rather low temperature. You may choose to go higher and liquefy the honey more quickly but never, never take it to boiling.

How do I store raw honey?

We believe the best way to store honey is at 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The crystallization process speeds up at 56 degrees and below. Try to store your honey at "normal" room temperature around 72 degrees. Store honey out of direct sunlight to help retain the beneficial enzymes.

What does "Single-Source Honey" mean?

Single source means that the honey bees are gathering pollen and nectar from predominantly the same plant source.

For example, our Orange Blossom honey is from Florida where our orange groves are huge in size. Our beehives are surrounded for miles by the orange blossoms. A similar situation occurs with our Clover honey from South Dakota and Blueberry honey from New Jersey. It is thought that honey bees fly from 2-6 miles. A slightly divergent answer is as far "as they have to fly to find their preferred nectar source".

Plants and trees bloom at different times every year and are affected by rain or cold. Your honey might not be 100% from the stated source, but it is possible that it is very close. It depends on when different nectar sources are blooming. Single source also depends on when the honey is harvested which should be immediately after the stated source is done blooming.

Where does Geddes Farms honey come from?

We've handpicked honey from the very best beekeepers across the United States who share our ideals and commitment to spreading the message about raw honey. Our honey is not blended with honey from other countries. It's 100% USA honey. Please check the individual product pages to see each one's state of origin.