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Raw honey is
honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling
or straining, without adding heat (although some honey that
has been "minimally processed" is often labeled as raw honey). Raw
honey contains some pollen and may contain small particles of wax.
Some allergy sufferers
try using raw, local honey to build up a tolerance to the pollen in the
air. However, hay
typically caused by pollen in
which is mostly from trees, weeds, and grass, rather than flowers.
Crystallized honey is
honey in which some of the glucose content has spontaneously crystallized
from solution as the monohydrate.
Also called "granulated honey" or "candied honey."
Honey that has crystallized
(or commercially purchased crystallized) can
be returned to a liquid state by warming.
Strained honey has
been passed through a mesh material to remove particulate material (pieces
of wax, propolis,
other defects) without removing pollen, minerals or enzymes.
Comb honey is
honey still in the honeybees' wax comb. It traditionally is collected by
using standard wooden frames in honey
The frames are collected and the comb
is cut out in chunks before packaging. As an alternative to this
labor-intensive method, plastic
rings or cartridges can be used
that do not require manual cutting of the comb, and speed packaging. Comb
honey harvested in the
traditional manner is also
referred to as "cut-comb honey". In
India, honey is harvested from forests in bee's natural habitat. It is said that
honey will be
consumed by the bees on the new
so it is cultivated the day before
Filtered honey is
honey of any type that has been filtered to the extent that all or most of the
fine particles, pollen grains, air bubbles, or
other materials normally found
in suspension, have been removed. The process typically heats honey to
150–170 °F (66–77 °C)
to more easily pass through the
filter. Filtered honey is very clear and will not crystallize as quickly, making
preferred by the supermarket
Pasteurized honey is
honey that has been heated in a pasteurization process
which requires temperatures of 161 °F (72 °C) or higher.
Pasteurization destroys yeast
cells. It also liquefies any microcrystals in the honey, which delays the onset
of visible crystallization. However,
excessive heat exposure also
results in product deterioration, as it increases the level of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF)
and reduces enzyme
(e.g. diastase) activity.