Distinguishing Natural Honey From Fake
IS IT FROM BEES OR FROM A FACTORY
1. Honey aroma (exceptions: honey with rose tea)
2. Causes a mild burning sensation in the throat
3. Does not separate into layers
4. Has natural impurities (pollen, bee bread, microparticles of wax, propolis)
5. Has a soft texture (thin, filament-like trickle)
6. Quite thick, trickles in a thin stream
7. No foam.
1. Sour smell or no smell
2. Does not cause
3. Separates into layers
4. No impurities
5. Has a rough texture (forms clumps)
6. Runny (drips, immediately spreads along the surface)
7. Has foam
In order to boost profits, some producers dilute honey with sugar syrup and molasses. To increase thickness they add flour, starch, chalk, sand and even sawdust.
-Hold a lighted match to the honey. If it is natural honey it will melt and not begin to hiss straight away.
-Mix the honey in water. Natural honey will not dissolve. If you add 2-3 drops of iodine to the solution it will not turn blue.
-Put some honey onto a piece of paper. If a damp patch spreads around it then it is diluted.
-Dip a piece of stale bread into the honey. After 8-10 minutes it should still be firm and not soften.
-Mix some water into the honey and add 2-3 drops of vinegar essence. If the solution becomes foamy it is adulterated honey.
-Heat a stainless steel piece of wire and insert it into the honey. A good product will stick to the metal and not flow back into the jar.