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Ambrosia Pure Honey vs. Common Grocery Store Honey
Why does pure honey taste better than grocery store honey?
There is a lot of confusion out there about honey. It seems the term "honey" is slapped on all sorts of products and there isn't much regulation on what can be called honey. The worst of them all is the products that look like honey and come in the little plastic bear containers, and then if you read closely it says something like "honey flavored" or "honey imitation" corn syrup.
Fake honey used to be rather rare. Back in the 1970's, I don't think I can remember buying honey that wasn't real. Nowadays real honey is getting rarer and rarer, and I think that's a big problem. For one thing, do we really need another flavored corn syrup in our diet? I'm pretty sure half of what Americans eat is already corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is probably ok in moderation, but we've taken things way overboard.
I believe that real honey should come from bees. They also make some honey from clover plants, which isn't terrible. Honey should not be blended with corn syrup or other products before it is sold. There are different "flavors" of pure honey, but that comes naturally from bees that pollinate on certain types of plants. The fragrances from these plants is vaguely detectable in the honey.
Some pure honey is sold as pure raw honey. This means that it has not been pasteurized, filtered, or heated. This honey is usually not clear when you look at it in the container, but it is delicious. You can make it clear by running warm water over the container.
So how do you know if you're eating real honey without examining the package? The first hint should be the smell. Real honey smells similar to bees wax. Gee, I wonder why. Fake honey smells like sweet candy. Once you taste the two, you'll never forget if you're eating real honey or not.
Some people, like myself, are lucky to have beekeepers in abundance in their area, even with the supposed bee die-off. My grocery store sells real, pure raw honey from just down the road right next to the blended corn syrup crap. The funny thing is, they both come in a plastic bear and they're about the same price!
That's one thing you should be aware of. Just because it comes in a plastic bear doesn't mean it's fake. The company that makes those plastic bear containers sells to various companies, big and small. Some pure honey producers package their product in the bear because it's a container the consumers are used to already, even though it's the same container as the junk honey. You can usually tell the difference between the two at a distance, because one looks like spiced rum (the fake one), while the other is kind of cloudy, like honey comb (the real thing).
You can actually by pure honey online for rather cheap, which surprises me because of the whole thing with the bees dying. I guess some places haven't been affected yet. Ambrosia Pure Honey from Colorado is really good, and you can get close to 6 pounds of it for under $25 on Amazon. It's even cheaper if you subscribe to it and get the 15% discount. 6 pounds goes a long way, even when I put it on my Total cereal almost every morning.