Honey in India: Some basic myths and facts

Honey has been in usage since the ancient period. It has found an immense place in Ayurveda and the medicinal value of this product has been long recognized in India. Given the abundant existence of flowers and trees, procuring honey is an easy alternative to the beekeepers and thus apiculture has become a trending profession
in rural areas.
With more and more people becoming aware of this product, the industry has seen quite a steady growing demand. In India, an approximate value of 70000 tonnes of honey is produced and about 25000 tonnes of it is exported to other countries like USA, UAE, Libya and Morocco. Most of the honey comes from Maharashtra and the North East region of the country. Here are some facts that you must know before you purchase your bottle:

Pure honey also crystallises within few weeks or months of extraction. Even though crystallisation can be prevented by applying proper processing techniques it cannot be completely stopped. So if you see that the honey is crystallised do not assume that it is impure. It can also crystallise when it is kept in a refrigerator.
We generally think that the light colour honey is always the best. However, this is simply a myth. The colour of the honey ranges and comes in several varying shades. It all depends on the source of the nectar and pollen content.
Honey need not necessarily be thick always. The moisture level in honey varies depending on the season and the floral source. Thus the thickness of the honey will vary. It must not be assumed that thin honey is not of good quality.
Every type of honey is medicinal and comes with its own set of nutritional benefits. There are mainly 5 types of bees found in India. There is absolutely no qualitative difference between any of these varieties as all of them are made in the same way and processed in a similar fashion. So every kind of honey must be equally used.
It must also be noted that domesticated honey is equally good. Most of us assume that honey extracted and processed with apiculture methods are not medicinal and are artificial. In fact, honey procured by using these techniques are more hygienic and pure as they follow strict measures laid by the Government and have a set standard to meet.
Some of the popular honey exports include Mustard Honey, Eucalyptus Honey, Lychee Honey, Sunflower Honey, Karanj / Pongamea Honey, Multi-flora Himalayan Honey, Acacia Honey, Wild Flora Honey, Multi and Mono Floral Honey.

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