As we celebrate National Winnie the Pooh day on the 18th January, Pooh bear, who just loves honey, would be horrified to learn that ‘fake’ honey has been flooding the market in recent years.
Much has been written about the declining bee population, beehives and productivity over recent years and yet, all the while, honey production has been increasing. The rise of ‘fake’ honey, where sugar and corn syrups have been added to the product, was highlighted recently in the Netflix documentary series Rotten, exploring corruption in the food world. According to the Journal of Food Science, honey is the third most faked food in the world.
So, how can you ensure that the honey you are consuming is 100% genuine honey?
Go to a trusted retailer such as French producer St. Dalfour, which has been producing 100% pure honey for many years. St. Dalfour orange blossom honey is 100% honey with an amber glow and a fine scent of orange blossom. It is available in jars and squeezy bottles and can be found in health food stores across the UK and online.
Did you know?
- Honey never spoils -it’s naturally acidic and low in moisture, making it inhospitable to bacteria
- Eating honey can make you smarter – it’s the only food to contain ‘pinocembrin’ that is an antioxidant that improves brain function
- A typical beehive makes up to 100lbs of honey a year
- There are different flavours of honey – the flavour is determined by the nectar it is made from
- A colony of bees can have more than 20,000 bees but only ever one queen
- A queen bee lays around 1,500 eggs a day
When you buy St. Dalfour honey, you can be confident that you are buying a pure and natural product that is 100% honey. Use it as a substitute for sugar in all your baking, stir into your breakfast porridge or yoghurt, drizzle it on ice cream, or use as a base for salad dressings and marinades.
When Winnie the Pooh said, “I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,”, Piglet replied, “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.” If, like Winnie the Pooh, you are not feeling quite yourself, nothing beats a cup of hot water laced with lemon and St. Dalfour honey. A pure and natural product and 100% honey.