This raw honey is an absolute favorite. Bottled directly into recycled coffee jars, raw as the bees that gathered it. We have an amazing couple from Cape Agulhas to thank for this, they bring it all the way to Cape Town. We are so pleased you decided to look after bees rather than retire!
So what is the difference between the raw honey and the nectar that the bees gathered? Worker bees collect the nectar and store it in their honey sac or honey stomach, where it mixes with acid secreted by the sac. This mixture is deposited into the wax cell in the hive. Here it is allowed to lose water by evaporation until the bees judge it ready when the close the honey cell.
Raw honey is more than a simple sweetener. The main constituents are of course glucose and fructose. You may be surprised by the micro-nutrients that are also packed in there: the B vitamin-complex, vitamins A, C, D, E, and K. There are minerals and trace elements such as magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, and manganese. The live enzyme content of honey is one of the highest of all foods. Honey also contains hormones, and antimicrobial and antibacterial factors and this is not a comprehensive list, there are still unidentified substances in raw honey!