"Organic honey isn’t impossible. It’s just beyond of the ability of most beekeepers. Bee yards situated in isolated spots deep in the Adirondacks, or mountain valleys in sparsely-populated New Mexico, can probably pull off honey free of agrochemicals. Most beekeepers operate within a bee’s flight of pesticides, however, making “organic” honey an illusory proposition." Read more here Scientific American.
"Government, academic and industry experts insist that U.S. organic honey is a myth. With rare exceptions, this country is too developed and uses too many agricultural and industrial chemicals to allow for the production of organic honey."
"Like other foods from free-roaming, wild creatures, it is difficult--and in some places impossible--to assure that honey bees have not come in contact with prohibited substances, like pesticides," said Chuck Benbrook, chief scientist for the Organic Center, a national advocacy group for the research and promotion of organic food." Read more here Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
No pesticides or herbicides are used in our apiaries and although we do not call it organic, our honey (especially our Adirondack Wildflower Honey) is about as organic as you can get from The United States.
Raw Adirondack Wildflower Honey With Light Cappings
We have a limited amount of Raw Adirondack Wildflower Honey with Light Cappings.
Raw Honey (L), Raw Honey With Light Cappings (R)
Cappings are small particles of propolis, flecks of honey comb and grains of pollen that pass through the sieve when raw honey is strained.
Propolis has used by humans for eons by many cultures for its health benefits and as a traditional, natural or homeopathic medicine to treat wounds and for problems ranging from itching to cancer. Propolis has been shown to have antibiotic, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and is effective against streptococcus bacteria.
Other studies have found propolis effective in treating minor burns, minor infections, minor wounds, dental pain, inflammatory diseases and genital herpes. Today it is marketed today as a healthy dietary supplement and is available as chunks, capsules, tablets, powder and tinctures. It can be found in some chewing gums, ointments, personal care products and is being investigated as a tooth enamel hardener and a dental sealant.
Raw honey is often used by pollen allergy sufferers to lessen their sensitivity to pollen by eating 1 to 2 tsp. of it each day. The idea is that by introducing small amounts of pollen into their system by eating raw honey, a tolerance to pollen allergens is built up.
Due to the higher amount of propolis and pollen, raw honey with cappings is sought after by those looking to maximize its health benefits.
Raw Adirondack Wildflower Honey - 1lb Glass Jar...$10.00
Raw Adirondack Wildflower Honey With Light Cappings - 1lb Glass Jar...$10.00
Mohawk Valley Trading Company raw honey has not been heated, filtered, blended or processed. All of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and aromatics are in the same condition as they were in the hive.
If you are planning to buy honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and aromatics. Honey that has been heated and filtered is called liquid, regular or commercial honey.
The reason honey is heated is that the majority of Americans prefer the convenience of being able to spoon, pour or squeeze honey from a bottle onto their cereal or into their tea.
In addition, liquid or regular honey is clearer, easier to measure or spread than raw honey and many people think that honey that has crystallized is spoiled so they discard it. Honey that has been heated and filtered will not crystallize as fast as raw honey.
Although we specialize in raw honey, we also offer regular honey for those who prefer it.
We offer raw Buckwheat Honey, Orange Blossom Honey, Wildflower Honey, Apple Blossom Honey, Blueberry Blossom Honey, Goldenrod Honey and Tulip Poplar-Black Locust Honey.
Wildflower honey, also known as polyfloral honey, is derived from the nectar of numerous species of flowers or blossoms. The taste, aroma and flavor will vary from season to season, depending on what flowers are dominant at the time the nectar is collected.
Raw wildflower honey or goldenrod honey is often used by pollen allergy sufferers to lessen their sensitivity to pollen by eating 1 to 2 tsp. of it each day. The idea is, that by introducing small amounts of pollen into their system by eating raw honey, a tolerance to pollen allergens is built up.
Raw honey will crystallize over time and will usually have a slight layer of white foam on the surface, marble-like swirling or white spots in the upper sides of the jar. This is caused by air bubbles that have risen to the top and a sign that the honey has been packed without heating.
To soften or liquefy crystallized raw honey, place the jar in warm water.