Is It Really Honey?

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There has been a lot of attention lately to the issue of adulteration among imported honeys.  Here are two articles that shed some light on the subject:

Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey – Ultra-filtering Removes Pollen, Hides Honey Origins

National Honey Board: Honey is Made from Nectar, Not Pollen

The best advice for many consumers is “know your beekeeper”. Developing a personal relationship with the producer of one of the most valued foods in our pantry is the best way to understand the purity of the product and its origin. The same advice holds for those wishing to buy local honey – the address on the label doesn’t necessarily indicate the origin of the honey.

In Tennessee, consumers can contact their local beekeepers association to find honey produced in their area.  Nationwide, the National Honey Board offers a resource in the Honey Locator.