- How to choose honey. Secrets of the choice of the honey
How to choose honey. Secrets of the choice of the honey
When choosing honey, pay attention not only to its color, aroma and viscosity, also ask about the origin, degree of maturity and the feedstock to product.
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Monofloral (odnocletocnami) – honey made by bees from the nectar of a single or dominant plants. For example: Linden, buckwheat, maple, acacia, chestnut, willow, and many others.
Poliflerny (mixed) – the honey, the nectar for which the industrious insects collected from different plants. Mixed honeys are steppe, meadow and garden.
Floral honey made from the nectar of flowers.
Honeydew honey, produced by bees from honey dew, sweet juice, which is extracted leaves as well as from honeydew (excretions in the form of drops of liquid sweet herbaceous aphids, scale insects and customlasik). Honeydew honey is dark in color, viscous, has an unpleasant taste, and bad scent.
Gravity – honey freely flowing from the honeycomb.
Centrifugal honey is separated from the honeycomb using a centrifuge. The most common way of obtaining a useful and healthful product. Centrifugal honey is the most pure and transparent.
Immature – honey drained during the harvest. Water content sometimes twice as much as normal, besides it is a little enriched with enzymes and sucrose and quickly turns sour.
Mature – honey, in the preparation of which the bees have made the whole complex "technological work": evaporating water from the honey, enriched with enzymes that split complex sugars into simple and sealed honey and sealed honey cells with wax.
To determine the maturity of honey, heat it up to 200C, stirring constantly. Then take a spoon and start to rotate. Mature honey will "retract" on a spoon.
Honey, having in its composition additives (sugar, starch, and other impurities), is unclear, but if you look closely, it is possible to detect the residue.
Pure natural honey, no matter what color he was (light yellow, amber, brown sludge), would still be transparent.
Aroma and viscosity
The smell of this honey is incomparable to anything else. Natural honey has a fragrant aroma, but the honey with impurities of sugar does not smell anything. And the taste is like sweetened water.
Drop into a bowl of honey thin stick. It is taken out. Real honey will stretch after the long wand continuous filament, and when this thread is interrupted, she entirely drops forming on the surface of the honey in the tower, which then slowly disperse.
If the honey is fake it will behave like glue, liberally to drain and drip from the stick down, forming a spray.
There are many ways to distinguish a fake from real honey.