Head Office: 

Bharat Unani Pharmacy,

plot no 20, Mailardevpally IDA, Hyderabad 500005

T.s , India 

Landline: +91 7416005355,

Cell: +91 9000333291

drnajeebuddinhyd@gmail.com

Mumbai Office:

Bharat Unani Pharmacy

Shop no 11, Lala cottage,

Opp King Bakery, Pipe road

Kurla (WEST) Mumbai 400070

Maharashtra, India

Cell: 9892773132 / 7738574700

Bangaluru office:​

Bharat Unani Pharmacy

Sho no 6, 10th cross, 1st main

Tank garden, Jayanagar 1st block, Bangaluru 560011

Cell: 7892166973 / 9632217106

 

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Bharat honey offers different floral types of natural honey. We came across people asking what are the types of honey?. As most of the commercial honey is sold just as honey.

Let me add to your knowledge that the colour, taste and aroma of natural honey vary according to the floral source. Each area honey is unique because each area has a specific set of flowers. Bharat Honey gives value to this variation in nature and hence bottle as different types of honey.  Like multiflora honey, jamun honey, Kashmir honey, Sidr honey etc.

 

If you are wondering where Can I Get Raw Honey, then again it is Bharat honey. We value the nutritional benefits of honey. And we know that nutritional value will be lost if we heat or process honey. We always make sure that honey we are packing is raw. We neither heat it nor ultrafilter it. Bharat Honey has all the goodness of natural honey. It has highly beneficial bee pollen and active enzymes which are responsible for honey’s medicinal property.

 

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From where does so much honey comes from?

People living in urban India believe that natural honey is so rare that it can’t be available.

 

Honey bees are present everywhere in the world. They are a compulsory need of the plant and tree world for pollination. It is nature's process to transfer pollen grain from one flower to another flower. Without pollination, plants or trees can not grow. That is why honey bees are present, wherever plants and trees are present like the forest, agriculture lands, gardens and even in urban areas.

During pollination, honey bees collect nectar from flowers. This is like a sweet treat from flower to honey bees in return. Honey bees convert this nectar into honey by a unique process and store it in honeycomb as food for the bad days. they can store up to 50 times more honey than they actually need. The excess of which is extracted or taken away by human beings.

That is how we get this sweet healing food from nature.

 

In India, 7,94,200 sq km area (ie 24.16% of total geographical area) is covered with forest or trees. India produces around 70,000 tonnes of natural honey per year. Out of which 25000 tonnes is exported.

 

“If honey bees disappear from the earth, man will have not more than 4 years to live “ Albert Einstein

Myths & facts about natural honey

 

Myth: Natural Honey is so rare that It can’t be available in the market

Fact: production of natural honey in India is more than 70,000 tonnes per year out of which around 25000 tonnes is exported. Though the demand for honey is a lot more than production and there is adulteration practice. But still many small brands like Bharat Honey is packing natural honey.

 

Myth: Honey can be easily tested for its purity using old conventional methods.

Fact: All conventional tests only analyze the physical nature of honey. Most of the new age adulterants pass all these tests. Hence they are misleading.

Only advanced laboratory tests can differentiate between pure & fake honey.

 

Myth: Pure honey does not crystallize.

Fact: Within a few weeks or months after extraction. Most types of natural honey crystallise, especially in a cold atmosphere. The speed of crystallisation mainly depends on the flower source.( Mustard flower honey crystallises within days, whereas acacia and jamun flower honey may take years to crystallise). Proper filtration can slow down the crystallisation process but can’t be stopped, unless high heat is given to honey and chemicals are added. Which is done by many big brands because of a strong myth against crystallisation.

 

Myth: Light coloured honey is of superior quality.

Fact: Colour of the natural honey ranges from light watery colour to dark amber colour. It mainly depends on the source of the flower. Irrespective of colour all types of natural honey have nutritional and medicinal benefits.

 

Myth: Thick & Non-flowing honey is of superior quality.

Fact: The only difference between thin and thick honey is its moisture content other nutritional content will be the same. Natural honey contains a moisture level ranging from 18-35%, lesser the moisture thicker will be the honey. Few brands deliberately thicken honey(by processing it) to make honey more appealing in the market.

 

Myth: Only small bee honey has medicinal value.

Fact: There are mainly 5 varieties of honey bee found in India.

  1. Apis Dorsata (Rock bee)

  2. Apis florea (small hives on the tree)

  3. Apis cerena indica (Indian honey bee which can be domesticated)

  4. Apis trigona (smallest bee which has no commercial production of honey)

All the honey bees have almost the same process of making honey. They collect nectar from the flower (except honeydew) and by the process of regurgitation converts them into honey and store them in their hives. Basically, there is no qualitative difference in honey. All types of honey have almost the same nutritional and medicinal value. The only difference is of quality of production.

 

Myth: Honey will not spoil in any condition.

Fact: Honey will not spoil only if properly harvested, handled and stored (only in glass or steel container) otherwise honey tends to ferment and produce an acidic smell. Honey also darkens with age.

 

Myth: Apiary honey or beekeepers honey has no medicinal value.

Fact: Apiary honey is the advanced and hygienic method of honey extraction. Bees boxes are man-made hives or houses of the honey bee which is handled by beekeepers.they migrate their bee boxes to the flower-rich area when the flowering season of one area ends. They migrate around 4-5 places in a year to get natural honey. Contrary to the popular myth apiary honey is more hygienic and as natural as wild bee honey. Though they have to feed sugar syrup when there are no flowers, honey bees will not store sugar as honey. If there is any trace of sugar present in the honey it can easily be determined by a laboratory test called C4 carbon isotope test.

How to check the purity of honey?

 

how to check the purity of honey? (English)

how to check the purity of honey? (hindi)

''How to test the purity of honey ?'' is the most frequently asked question, whenever natural honey is discussed.

This article has everything you need to know about checking the purity of honey.

 

This article focuses on five topics:

1) Different types of fake honey or ‘adulterants’.

2) The wrong/ misleading and outdated methods of testing the purity of honey.

3) Present-day laboratory parameters for ''checking the purity of honey'' set by the regulatory authorities.

4) Advanced laboratory tests which can identify the adulterations.

5) Things to remember when buying honey.

1) Different types of fake honey or ‘adulterants’.

 

Molasses: In earlier days, molasses was the common adulterant. But it is no longer in use because it readily dissolves in water and smells like jaggery.

 

Liquid glucose: which is a thick and shiny solution made in factories, and frequently used in the baking and confectionery industries.

 

Invert sugar:  which is manufactured by processing refined sugars. This thick, shiny liquid is usually sold as honey grade invert sugar.

 

High Fructose corn syrup: As the name suggests, it is made from sweetcorn.

 

Rice Syrup:  This sophisticated adulterant is used worldwide nowadays. It is getting manufactured through the unique processing of rice. It is also imported in India on a large scale.

 

Most of these adulterants are harmful to our health and have been linked with diabetes and cardiac problems, which is why we should always choose natural honey.

 

2) The wrong/ misleading and outdated methods of testing honey.

 

 Now, let's discuss a few conventional tests which people have been using for ages to identify the purity of honey.

 

Solubility test: This is the most popular test, in which honey is made to fall slowly in a glass of water. If honey reaches to the bottom of the glass and dissolves lately, then that honey is considered pure.

 

However, not many know that, except molasses, all other adulterants behave in the same manner as pure honey, as the solubility depends on the thickness of the given product. The adulterants are made deliberately thicker to appear like pure honey. Hence this test is misleading.

 

Flame test:  burning cotton, paper, or sometimes a currency note wetted with honey. Some people believe that if honey is pure, it will not catch fire, while some others believe the exact opposite. This is again a baseless and misleading test, as the burning tendency depends on the moisture level or thickness of the given product.

 

Flow test: This test says you have to allow the honey to fall on a cloth: if it flows without wetting the cloth, it is considered pure.

This is also a misleading test, as any thick solution behaves in the same manner as pure honey.

 

Honeycomb shape in the bottom: This test is popular on the internet: take a little honey in an open mouth container, add water to it and shaking it clockwise. The general belief is that pure honey forms a hexagonal shape or honeycomb-like pattern on the bottom of the container.

This is a baseless and unscientific test because all thick adulterants behave in the same manner.

 

Ant test: There is also a myth that ants do not get attracted to pure honey.

Again this is a baseless myth, as there is no reason why ants will not get attracted towards such a sweet substance.

In fact, honey bees form a sticky lining of propolis to protect its hive from the attack of ants and insects, because they are attracted to the honey.

 

Dog test: This is another popular myth that says that dogs will not eat pure honey. It is again a baseless myth as there is no reason why a hungry dog will not eat pure honey. Of course, if the dog isn’t hungry, it’s not going to eat anything, whether it’s honey or not!

 

Many more tests like these exist in different cultures.

But the truth is that no conventional test can identify the purity of honey.

Because all these tests judge only the physical nature of honey. And all new age adulterants are manufactured to mimic the physical nature of honey.

 

If testing the purity of honey would have been that easy, then the market would not have been flooded with this amount of adulterated honey.

Just consider this….

According to a recent report, 70% of honey sold in the market is adulterated – that’s 7 out of 10 jars of honey is adulterated!

 

 

3) Present-day laboratory parameters for ''checking the purity of honey'' set by the regulatory authorities.

 

To really check the purity of honey, you need to go to the laboratory and get the advanced tests done. Yes, only laboratory tests can tell you which honey is pure.  

But the irony is that our laboratory parameters are still outdated and advanced testing parameters are not yet implemented.

 

Here we will discuss both the present-day parameters and also the advanced tests which are not yet implemented.

 

Please note that the procedure of each test is not in the scope of this article, as it may be very long and irrelevant to non-technical persons.

 

following is the List of tests for checking the purity of honey.

 

•     Fiehe’s Test: A negative result indicates the absence of adulteration.

•     Aniline chloride tests: A negative test indicates the absence of adulterations.

•     Specific gravity: To identify the thickness of honey

•     Moisture content: To identify the moisture content or thickness of honey.

•     Total reducing sugar: Value less than 65% indicates adulteration

•     Presence of sucrose: Value less than 5% indicates adulteration

•     Fructose-glucose ratio : Normal range is .95-1.2 - any deviation indicates adulteration.

•     Total ash: More than 0.5% indicates the presence of impurities.

•     Hydroxymethylfurfural content: Max limit is 80mm/kg

•     Water-insoluble matters: More than 0.1% indicates external impurities

•     Bee pollen count: Should be at least 50,000 per gm

•     Acidity (as formic acid): 0.2% and free acidity less than 50milliequelant per kg

 

All these tests for checking the purity of honey were designed decades back to check the purity and quality of honey. These testing parameters were sufficient to counter adulterants like molasses, liquid glucose and invert sugar. But these tests were not designed to identify high fructose corn syrup and rice syrup.

This significant flaw in the testing parameters for ''checking the purity of honey'' has encouraged many brands to sell these adulterants as pure honey.

 

4) Advanced laboratory tests which can identify the adulterations.

(These advanced tests for checking the purity of honey are not present in the parameters set by regulatory authorities) 

 

-      Carbon isotope test (For C4 sugars): More than 7% indicates adulteration with sugar, either fed to honey bees or added externally.

 

-      Proline quantity: less than 200mg/kg indicates adulteration in honey

-      Electrical conductivity: more than 0.8 millisiemens /s indicates adulteration

-      Diastase activity: should be at least 80 scade unit

-      Foreign oligosaccharides: the presence of foreign oligosaccharides indicates the presence of rice syrup.

 

-      special marker for rice syrup (SMR): Liquid chromatography test to identify rice syrup

-      Trace marker for rice syrup (TMR):  Liquid chromatography test to identify rice syrup

-      Nuclear Magnetic resonance test (NMR): Most advanced test to identify all types of adulterants.

 

 

Proper implementation of these testing parameters is expected to decrease the adulteration practice, at least in the organised sector or in big brands. Once implemented, we may find a marked decrease in the quantity of honey sold on the shelves of the supermarket.

 

 5) Things to remember when buying honey.

Everyone wants the best honey brands. But the reality is ''Raw honey'' is usually not available freely in the supermarket. 

Meanwhile, we have a few suggestions for you to choose real honey.

 

 -   Look for the local source of honey: Be it a wild bee's honey or beekeepers or apiary honey.

 

When buying wild bee honey, keep in mind that wild bee honey will always be cloudy, and not shiny or transparent, as it is extracted by squeezing honeycombs.

When choosing beekeepers’ or apiary honey, you should make sure that the honey has a taste and aroma specific to that area.

 

If it is difficult to find local honey, then do the following …

 

 -    Search for a brand which has direct access to the source of honey and can provide you varieties of honey. It is always wise to demand varieties because synthetic or adulterated brands cannot offer you varieties of honey.

 

 -     Another instruction to keep in mind is “Don't fall prey to ultra-clear shiny honey”. Always remember, natural honey has bee pollen content.

 

 -    Another small technique which I use personally is to smell the honey immediately after opening the lid. Natural honey has a smell which gives a hint of the source of flowers. Whereas the fake honey usually has a plain sugary smell unless some honey flavour is added. Of course, a little experience may help, but as the different area honey has a distinct aroma, you need to be familiar with each area’s honey.

 

 -    One more thing to keep in mind that, sometimes you may procure the real natural honey, but when it crystallises you may reject it, considering it to be fake or adulterated.

The fact is that natural honey, especially in raw form, crystallises sooner or later, depending on the source of flowers. Never reject crystallised honey.

 

 

Armed with this knowledge, when you go out to buy honey, you are now more likely to select pure honey.

Crystallisation of honey

 

The crystallisation of honey (Hindi)

The crystallisation of honey (English)

Dr wakhle explaining crystallization of honey

What comes to mind when you see a crystallized, granulated or semisolid honey?

There is a good chance that you might dismiss it as fake or adulterated honey, due to the popular myth that “pure honey doesn’t crystallize," but the reality is far from it.

 

Contrary to the popular myth, crystallization of honey is a natural phenomenon. Natural honey after extraction from the comb tends to crystallise sooner or later.

The speed of crystallization depends on the source of the flower from which honey bees collect nectar.

 

For example, if honey bees collect nectar majorly from mustard flowers, the honey is likely to crystallize faster, whereas acacia and Jamun flower honey take several months or longer to crystallize.

 

Crystallization is a process by which natural honey preserves itself, and will not rot for ages.

In fact, honey which was found in Egyptian pyramids was suitable for human consumption even after 3000 long years.

And yes, that honey was in the crystallized form!

 

The irony is that in India even the educated class of consumers live with this myth. They perceive crystallized honey as fake and adulterated, in spite of clear instructions on the honey label.

 

This myth has done so much damage that, the availability of natural honey in the market has become scarce.

People selling genuine honey feel discouraged while the people selling synthetic honey and denatured honey are flourishing.

 

Most commercial brands avoid packing natural honey.

They either “denature’’ honey through high heat, ultrafiltration and by adding anti granulating chemicals.

OR, they simply pack synthetic honey-like high fructose corn syrup or rice syrup, which does not crystallize at all.

 

According to recent data, more than 90% of mustard honey produced in India is exported. The beekeepers who extract this highly beneficial honey, find it hard to sell it to the consumers, because of the prevailing myth about the crystallization.

Therefore, the only choice left for them is to sell this honey to the exporters at low prices.

 

However, in developed countries like America and Europe, they don’t have this kind of myth. They sell crystallized honey by labelling it as ‘set’ honey and that too at a respectable price.

 

Now we come to the science of the crystallization process.

 

Honey is a highly concentrated solution of basic monosaccharides called dextrose and levulose that constitute more than 70% of honey.

When honey is present in the clean waxy comb, it is in the liquid form, because honey bees maintain around 35-40 degree of temperature.

 

Once the honey is extracted from the comb, the dextrose which is less soluble tries to separate from the solution and form an anhydrous crystal, which is pale or white in colour.

 

The speed of this separation or the crystallization process depends on four factors:

 -  The major one is the source of the flower - as each flower has a different ratio of dextrose and levulose in their nectar. If the quantity of dextrose is more, honey is likely to crystallize much faster. If it is less, then the crystallization process may take several months or longer.

 

 -  Another major factor is the presence of dust, pollen, and wax particles in honey. They can act as nuclei of crystallization and therefore, help crystallize honey faster.

 

 -  Temperature also plays an important role, as the colder temperature speeds up the crystallization process.  That is why every label of honey around the world reads: “Do not refrigerate honey.”  This is because refrigeration hastens the process of crystallization.

It also reads, “If honey is crystallized, keep in warm water or sunlight”, because the honey comes back to liquid form when it reaches 40-degree centigrade.

 

 -  Another factor is the period of immobility. Normally, if you’re using honey daily, it will not crystallize, because daily movement prevents crystals from settling down. But when it is left untouched, there is a very high chance that it will crystallize faster.

 

The speed of crystallization affects the texture of crystallized honey.

 -  If the process of crystallization is faster, then there will be many tiny crystals resulting in a smooth texture.

 -  If the process is slower, then the crystals will be larger and fewer resulting in a grainy texture.

 

The good thing is that any kind of crystallized honey can be easily converted into liquid honey by immersing it in hot water or by keeping it in sunlight.

However, care should be taken not to heat beyond 45 degrees, otherwise honey will start losing its nutritional value.

 

So next time you come across the crystallized honey, never perceive it as fake or adulterated, instead educate people about it.

We believe that people will start getting genuine honey once they come out of this evil myth…

What are the Benefits of Raw honey?

 

Natural Honey is a premier superfood, containing over 300 active substances and providing several health benefits.

 

It contains a host of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, plant antibiotics, biogenic stimulators, alkaloids, hormonal substances, anticancer agents and many other compounds that are extremely useful for our body.

 

Natural honey assists in the physical and mental growth in children and it has a repairing and regenerative effect in adults.

 

Natural honey can improve your body’s immune system and helps you combat various diseases.

 

It is a well-known fact that Honey has been a favourite health care food throughout history. It has always been an essential part of many ancient systems of medicines.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the popular remedies of raw honey. 

 

Raw honey benefits for weight loss :

Add two spoonfuls of honey to a glass of water with or without a squeeze of lemon. Drink a glass in the morning and also during the daytime, whenever you feel tired or hungry. It will suppress hunger & keep you energetic. It will also detox your body.

 

Raw honey benefits for Cough:

Several studies have established that honey can treat the symptoms and discomfort caused by coughing. One tablespoon of honey with a pinch of black pepper or ginger before bed can cure your cough symptoms and give you a good night’s sleep.

 

The raw honey remedy to clear your heart blockage :

Take one cup of garlic juice, one cup of ginger juice, one cup of lemon juice and one cup of apple cider vinegar, boil this mixture for a few minutes. Allow it to cool. Then add 3 cups of natural honey. Take 5-10 ml of this mixture without water, on an empty stomach, in the mornings & evenings. Combine this with walking or jogging for better results. You will be surprised by the results. Within a few days, excess cholesterol & unwanted fat will be reduced. Angina symptoms will stop. The digestive system also improves. All these will contribute to an active and healthy lifestyle.

 

Raw honey benefits for Cold/Flu:

Mix finely-ground powder of black pepper, long pepper & dry ginger in natural honey. Take this mixture whenever the symptoms of cold/flu arise. It usually relieves the symptoms immediately.  If the symptoms persist, take more of the mixture as and when necessary.

 

Raw honey benefits for Nausea and travelling Sickness:

Mix 1/2 spoon of ginger powder in 1/2 cup of honey along with some lemon as per your taste preferences. Swallow a spoonful to decrease your nausea within minutes.

 

Raw honey benefits for Allergies:

Adding honey in your daily diet is a proven remedy for treating seasonal allergies. The use of local honey is recommended, as it has local bee pollen.

 

Raw honey benefits for athletes:

 Natural honey boosts energy and improves the performance of athletes.

 

Raw honey energy drink for everyone:

Natural honey can be used as an energy drink. Especially during summer days, it will give instant energy and keep you refreshed all day long.

 

Raw honey benefits for Healthy Heart:

Consuming pomegranate arils with honey will keep your heart healthy.

 

Raw honey benefits for Anaemia:

Adding pure natural honey to your regular diet can help you recover from Anemia. Natural honey builds haemoglobin which is essential for the circulation of iron in your body.

 

Raw honey benefits for Acidity and Heartburn:

Drinking milk sweetened with honey will reduce the symptoms of acidity or heartburn and keep your stomach healthy.

 

Raw honey benefits for Constipation:

Mix one spoonful of natural honey with the fresh juice of a lemon in lukewarm water. Take this on an empty stomach in the morning, to effectively fight constipation.

 

Raw honey benefits for Dental cavities and gum diseases: 

Honey is the only sweetener which prevents dental cavities and gum diseases by holding back the bacterial growth inside the mouth.

 

Raw honey benefits for Insomnia : 

Sweeten your milk with natural honey and take it half-an-hour before your bedtime. It produces melatonin, which calms your mind and results in a peaceful sleep.

 

Raw honey benefits for Sinus Infection:

Crush three cloves of garlic and add two spoonfuls of honey. Mix it well and take it when it's fresh. You can also add a few drops of lemon as per your taste. If you find it difficult to eat, just spread this mixture over bread and have it. It can be significantly helpful in treating a sinus infection.

 

Raw honey benefits for Arthritis: 

Make a paste of Natural Honey & cinnamon powder and apply it over the painful area. Wrap a cloth around it and leave it overnight. Prepare another mixture and take ½ spoonful 2-3 times a day.

It can significantly reduce the symptoms of arthritis, without causing any side effects. 

 

Raw honey benefits for Cancer patients:

For cancer patients, refined sugar is not recommended, but honey can be a great substitute. Natural honey can be selectively toxic to cancer cells, which is why natural honey should be included in the diet of cancer-recovering patients.

 

Raw honey benefits in Skincare:

Add one tablespoon of milk or buttermilk to two tablespoons of honey. Allow the mixture to cool and apply it to your skin in a small circular motion. Leave it for 10 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water. It naturally moisturises your skin. Repeat it twice a week to add a shiny texture to your skin. It really works.

That is why many skincare products today contain natural honey.

 

Raw honey benefits in Wound Healing:

Natural Honey is a trusted topical therapy for healing wounds. It reduces infection & assists in repair mechanism and cell growth. Many hospitals are using honey-infused bandages, for speedy healing of wounds.

 

Raw honey benefits in Eczema (Yeast Infection):

Apply a mixture of honey and cinnamon powder on to the affected area. It kills the infection and keeps your skin smooth.

 

Raw honey benefits in Burn Injury:

Topical application of honey on burn wounds is a better remedy than many antiseptics available in the market. Researchers have proven that natural honey not only controls infection but also assists in the repairing and healing processes. Other disinfectants only control the infection while having a retarding effect on the growth of the cells.

 

These are just a few benefits of raw natural honey. Many more remedies like these are in practice in different cultures throughout the ages.

 

All the benefits written here can be expected only from Raw, unaltered honey.

 

How to Add honey to the daily diet.

 

In fact, just by adding natural honey to your daily diet can improve your health significantly.

 

 

     1) Spread natural honey over bread, toast or chapati in your morning breakfast & also sweeten your tea with honey. This way you are replacing harmful refined sugar with a healthy natural sweetener.

     2) Replace sweets with Natural Honey.

Sweets typically contain refined sugar, preservative chemicals, artificial colours, and synthetic flavours. That can hurt the delicate stomach lining of your children, resulting in loss of appetite & malnutrition due to the less absorption of nutrients. Whereas natural honey helps in the absorption of many nutrients thus assisting the children in their physical and mental growth.

     3) Add a spoonful of honey during kneading of flour, cooking rice or making curry.

This tradition is present in many cultures as it makes cooked food better taste and the food stays longer without spoiling. 

     4) Add honey to your salad.

This will add taste to your salad. While honey is all good by itself, mixing it with your salad will aid in the absorption of various nutrients from other foods.

 

So next time you have to choose something sweet, pick natural honey.

Disclaimer:

All the information are compiled from various print and electronic media. Do not take any part of this website as doctors prescription. Consult a physician for any disease or symptoms.

Apiary Honey vs Wild bee Honey

 

Apis cerena indica beehive harvested for Bharat honey

Apis Dorsata (Wild bee) beehive harvested for Bharat honey

Apis florea beehive harvested for Bharat honey

a beekeeper's Informative interview

(Hindi)

 

     1) Name and size of honey bee

Apiary: Apis mellifera (12mm) Apis cerena indica(12mm)

Wild bees: Apis dorsata (20mm), Apis florea (8mm)

 

      2. Nature of hives

Apiary: Make hives in a close dark place as multiple plates, hence they can easily be domesticated.

Wild bees: Make hives in open as a single comb, hence they cannot be domesticated.

 

       3. Migration for flowers

Apiary: Beekeepers migrate their bee boxes (man-made home of honey bees) through trucks to flowering areas. They migrate 3-6 places in a yearly cycle.

Wild bees: When the flowering season of one area ends wild bees migrate their colony to another flowering area, where they make a new home, before starting to collect nectar for honey.

 

      4. Honey extraction method

Apiary: Honey is extracted through the extractor machine, by the centrifugal method. Honeycombs are not harmed in this process. Honeybees can start making honey soon after extraction. 

Wild bees: Honey is extracted by breaking and squeezing the whole hive: their home is destroyed by this process. For making further honey they have to make a new home  (hive) from scratch which may take very long. 

 

      5) Quantity of honey

Apiary: Production of honey will be more, because honey can be extracted from the same hive multiple times during the season.

Wild bees: Production of honey will be less, because every time the hive will be destroyed. Honey can be extracted only once.

 

      6) Quality of honey

Apiary honey: It will be as natural as wild bee honey. It is the rather more hygienic practice of extracting honey. Hence honey will be clear and less cloudy.

Wild bee honey: As this honey is extracted by squeezing the whole hive, it will be contaminated by many impurities like larvae and excess of pollen. Hence it will be cloudy.

      7) Year on Year honey production or population of bees

 

Apiary honey: increasing because beekeepers explore more and more areas to migrate and keep their bee boxes, whereas earlier only wild bees were present.

Wild bee honey: Decreasing drastically, because bee hives are destroyed each time during extraction. They have to make a new home every time which is not possible many times and they die out.

 

Myth: Beekeepers keep their bees boxes at one place, feed sugar and make honey.

Fact: Beekeepers migrate to 5-6 different places to keep bee boxes in flowering areas. They only feed sugar when there are no flowers and the bees are dying. Bees do not store sugar as honey, they just eat it for their survival. Any trace of sugar found in honey can be identified by laboratory testing.