Sourced from Antonio Simon’s apiaries in Northern Spain, the bees that create this honey gather nectar from areas free of pollutants. To preserve its health giving properties, and the unique flavour of this unadulterated natural honey, Antonio spins the honeycomb with a centrifugal extractor and then strains it into containers.
By contrast, most commercial grade liquid honey is ultra-filtered, processed and heated. This slows crystallisation and allows the honey to remain liquid for longer. This ultra-filtering/heating process allows for ease of packaging and give the honey a more glistening appearance. Supermarkets prefer processed honey because it does not easily solidify, granulate or become cloudy.
Antonio’s delicious raw honey retains the natural enzymes and pollens that are lost in processed honey, making it a true superfood. His honey is:
- unheated – heating degrades enzymes, minerals and vitamins
- not ultra-filtered – which removes pollen and its benefits
- not a blend of different honeys from several countries, which is the case with almost all supermarket honey
- from bees that are not subject to antibiotics
- from bees that are fed honey instead of sugar during wintertime.
Why raw honey?
Ayurveda, the natural health practice of India, values honey as one of the highest of foods and it is a key ingredient in a large number of preparations. Yet it states that, when heated, honey can create a form of toxin that is very hard for the body to remove.
honey filtering after extraction by centrifugeAlways select raw unheated honey, as it contains all the health promoting enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and antibacterial properties. To preserve its health benefits, and avoid it becoming toxic, never cook with honey, or add it to hot drinks.
The health promoting values of honey
Prized for its anti-bacterial properties, honey has been used medicinally for thousands of years, both in the East and the West. The healing effects of honey have been valued not only by Ayurveda in India and but also by the ancient Egyptians.
Honey has long been used in veterinary medicine as a wound dressing. Now it is also being used in human medicine and has helped save patient’s limbs on hospital wards.
Clinical trials have found that certain types of honey (including Manuka) can eradicate more than 250 strains of bacteria, including antibiotic resistant varieties (MRSA, MSSA and VRE). Unprocessed honey helps in the healing of wounds and ulcers. In one study, 58 of 59 wounds have shown a “remarkable improvement following topical application of honey”.
Locally grown honey has been shown as beneficial to those who suffer allergies when the pollen count is high.
Honey is excellent for coughs. The WHO (World Health Organization) sites honey as a demulcent – a substance that forms a protective film to relieve irritation in your mouth or throat.