Saturday, 11 August 2012

Home tests for pure honey

Good Afternoon Bloggers,
Its been a while. Hope you tried the deep conditioning with Shea butter? I'm still awaiting your responses.
Ever since i was younger i have been fascinated with natural produts and their health benefits.
I began my romance with honey a long time ago, discovering and attesting to its benefits, the myths surrounding this natures gift to mankind, but the most overwhelming part of my romance is how to know which honey is pure. I'll like to share my experience and thoughts about this issue from a honey consumer and later, a seller perspective.
The term "adulterated" honey implies that glucose, dextrose, molasses, corn syrup, sugar syrup, invert sugar, flour, starch, water or any other similar product other than the floral nectar gathered, processed, and stored in the comb by the honey bees have been added.
Personally, when selecting honey in the shop, I think it's almost impossible to tell the bad from the good by just looking at the honey content through the bottle or studying its food and nutrition label. My take is always -- go for the trusted ones.
Home test for pure honey
The flame test:   
1. Dip the head of the match stick into honey allowing it to sock for some seconds, put it in the flame, only a pure honey will produce flame.
2.Take a very small amout (pea size) put it on a small size of news paper then put the fire on the border of the news paper, a pure honey will not burn with the piece of newspaper.
3. Put a spoonful of honey on a money note, then ignite a lighter under the note, the honey will be heating, but the money will not burn; if it's pure honey...

The translucent perimeter test :
Put a small drop of honey on a bond paper and observe how large the translucent perimeter goes. Honey is said to contain wax substance that retains the translucency on the paper, while if adulterated with water the perimeter spreads faster and at some time the circumference becomes smaller because the water had dried up.

The Taste test :
Take a tea spoon of honey into your mouth and swallow, and a few minutes later there should be this sensation of thirst in your throat (you'll feel like drinking water), if its pure honey.

The Comb test:
Put a spoon of honey on a plate with water, and swirl the plate such that after some time, you can see honeycomb shape formed by honey. Only pure honey will form the comb pattern.
Many have claimed the amazing formation of hexagonal patterns on a film of honey as a proof of purity. Too curious to dismiss it, I followed the instructions given:
1. Put a blob of honey onto a light colored round plate.
2. Pour in some cold water to cover the honey.
3. Swirl the plate several times.
4. If the honey is pure, you would see a honeycomb image/pattern on the honey.
And the outcome? Right before my very eyes, with a couple of swirls, I saw a honeycomb pattern consisting of big hexagonal shapes form on the surface of the honey patch, and with several more swirls, the hexagonal cells split into smaller ones, and here's a snapshot of what was observed: 
 However, there are other numerous scientific tests which are very reliable and can only be done in the laboratory, example is the spectroscopy, a method that uses the principle of interaction of light with mater to differentiate substances or carbon isotope ratios analysis to determine if sugars were added to the honey.
Whichever way you decide to test your honey make sure you buy it from a trusted supplier. At Olaa Naturale we pride ourselves with supplying you pure honey, just the way nature intends you to have it. contact us through email olaanaturale@gmail.com call us 08020924020. 

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