WHY LOCAL ?
If the theory behind honey’s ability to help a person reduce or eliminate pollen allergies is correct, then the honey must contain pollen. Most honey sold in shops has been heated and ultra-filtered. Most honey sold in grocery stores has absolutely no pollen content, so it is reasonable to assume that it would not be helpful as an aid to immune system strengthening. Thus, it is important to find honey that has been minimally filtered. Minimal filtering is needed to remove parts of insect bodies and lumps of wax, but the filtering should not remove any of the pollen.
Further the honey should not be heated beyond normal beehive temperatures. The goal is to preserve all the pollen, enzymes, live yeast, and other nutrients that are found in
raw honey. Thus, it is important to ask about the use of heat and filtration when purchasing honey. Typically, heated and ultra-filtered honey will have a clear golden colour.
WHY RAW ?
Characterised by fine textured crystals, it looks cloudier and contains particles and flecks made of bee pollen, honeycomb bits, propolis, and even broken bee wing fragments. Raw and unfiltered honey and has a high antioxidant level and will usually granulate and crystallize to a thick consistency after a few months. It is usually preferred as a spread on bread and waffles, or dissolved in hot coffee or tea. However, as most consumers are naturally attracted to buying and eating crystal clear and clean honey, unfiltered honey which looks cloudy and unappealing, is often not available on many supermarket shelves.