Eating Raw Honey

Sometimes the hubby and I like to splurge on an "odd" food purchase. Once, we almost bought a 4-foot long piece of raw sugar cane. But, we decided the dogs would think it's a toy and chew on it before we could learn how to use it.
Honeycomb. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Last week we ventured into the world of raw honey. In the realm of health foods, I know raw honey isn't too strange, but it was a first for us. First of all, it's expensive! I think it was about $12 for a square the size of an everyday, lunch bag sandwich.

But, we love to try new things, so we splurged. Plus, honey is one of nature's perfect whole foods!

Raw honey is delicious. I commented the flavor reminded me of smelling flowers; This was clover honey, so I wasn't too far off. Chewing on the honeycomb is a little strange. It was chewy like gum, but waxy at the same time. I love beeswax in cosmetics, so maybe I should save the comb instead of eating it.

What else did we learn? Raw honey (including the honeycomb) melts in a cup of hot tea. It forms a weird waxy ring around the perimeter of your cup making the tea difficult to drink.

Have you ever eaten raw honey with the honeycomb? I'd love to learn some new ways to eat this sweet treat! Please share your tips in the comments below! Otherwise, I'm just going to keep nibbling on that square bit by bit...

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

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25 comments:

  1. I love honey, but I'm not too fond of the comb.

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  2. It's been many years since I've had raw honey. I do remember how neat the comb felt when chewing it...just as you described. Wish I could give you some suggestions, but I was a little girl when i had it...so no help there. Enjoy it! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Raw honey is a tasty and awkward little treat! LOL!

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  3. Glad I found your blog through the A-Z Challenge! I'll be following you! :) I've been more intentional lately about healthy eating. Wheat free, staying away from white sugar,eating lots of veggies, etc. I was wondering what the difference is between unpasteurized and unprocessed/raw honey?

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    1. Good for you! I'm always glad to hear when someone decides to make healthy changes. After all, what's the drawback? Nothing!

      Raw honey hasn't been treated with heat to kill off bacteria, etc. It's not safe for pregnant women or mothers-to-be -- much like unpasteurized eggs or milk. BUT, since the honey isn't treated with heat, it retains all of its natural vitamins and "good stuff". Nothing is killed by the heat. I'm not a dietician or a doctor, so you might ask a professional for more information. ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

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  4. I have never seen it in the whole food stores. I do know a blogger who raises bees and I find the whole process fascinating.
    Honey is wonderful, there is nothing better than a good cup of herbal tea with some delicious honey in it :)

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    1. Hi Jen! Thanks for dropping by! We actually picked up the raw honey at a local grocery store chain called Hy-Vee. Maybe you can check your farmer's markets or small indie grocery stores? We don't have a Whole Foods in my neck of the woods, so I'm not familiar with their offerings. But, I'll bet I'd love it!! :) ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

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  5. Great blog! I do have a large garden (half acre), so I am trying to have a healthier lifestyle.
    Thanks for the post.
    Roxanne

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    1. Fantastic! Keep it up! And, thanks for stopping by! ~Angela

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  6. I've seen honeycomb but haven't tasted it. Do you just chew the honeycomb like gum or do you consume it? I'll have to give it a try!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I do a little of both. If I have a spoonful, I tend to chew it until I just have a little ball of wax left, then toss that out. But if I'm just taking a small taste, I swallow all of it. I've read that actually consuming the waxy comb isn't harmful. But, for some reason I think it might not be good to eat lots of it at once. I don't want to goof up my digestion! ~Angela

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  7. I've never tried raw honey. Thanks for the tip!

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  8. Just got some organic raw honey yesterday. It came in a jar. No honeycomb. I've tried raw honey with the honeycomb before. It was fun to chew the wax until it got down to a small wax ball. Great post!

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    1. Isn't it so yummy? The flavor is amazing and rich. It makes it hard to go back to "regular" honey! ~Angela

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  9. I tried buckwheat blossoms honey, but never honey comb. I use to work on a small farm where a guy raised African bees for the purpose but never saw him gather it or would I venture near as I'm allergic to their stings. I ride my bike near a small comb, just a stack enough to keep them in honey for a while I guess. It seems pretty easy to raise them from what I've seen and would love to do it someday.

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    1. Hi Dana! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, my own personal honey hive would be amazing. But, I too am allergic to bee stings, so no bee-keeping for me! I'll stick to indulging at the farmer's markets! ~Angela

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  10. I tried buckwheat blossoms honey, but never honey comb. I use to work on a small farm where a guy raised African bees for the purpose but never saw him gather it or would I venture near as I'm allergic to their stings. I ride my bike near a small comb, just a stack enough to keep them in honey for a while I guess. It seems pretty easy to raise them from what I've seen and would love to do it someday.

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  11. I eat raw honey but have never eaten the honeycomb. I buy local honey and I'm not sure what pollen it was made from.

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    1. Hi Sherri! I'm glad to hear you support your local honey producers! If you're buying at a farmer's market, strike up a conversation and see how they pollenate their hives. Some farmers in my area just do honey on the side and their flower gardens, fruit orchards or vegetable gardens are the pollen source. ~Angela

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  12. I only buy raw honey for the health benefits and often use honey instead of sugar/stevia for sweeteners. Consuming raw honey that is LOCALLY grown is the best way to avoid seasonal allergies. If you can't find honeycomb, I saw some in the hispanic ethnic food section of the grocery store. I used to buy mine at the farmer's market but lucky for me, my cousin now is keeping bees. My favorite flavor is orange blossom which helps because I am in FL and that's the only pollen that seems to bother me.

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  13. I recommend eating the honeycomb spread on a slice of apple with a slice of aged cheddar. It is pretty amazing.

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    1. That sounds delicious! Thanks for the idea! ~ Angela

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  14. i love raw honey and the honeycomb. great health benefits. i like to smear it on a piece of toast for breakfast for a snack.

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  15. smeared onto a piping hot piece of toast is awesome, and just by the spoonfuls!!

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