The honey is just a storehouse of useful substances, it is widely used in folk medicine and apitherapy (treatment with bee products). But only useful high-quality natural honey, so very it is important when buying to determine the quality of honey.

Before talking about the quality of honey, let's talk about the types of honey often mistakenly considered substandard due to the characteristics of specific type of honey. So, origin distinguish between floral and honeydew honey. Flower honey bees produce from the nectar of plants and honeydew — honeydew (a sweet liquid secreted by some plants and insects feeding on plant SAP). Honeydew honey{!LANG-1ffb80ef4343b33dd41d2a96487b75a9!}

The quality of honey can be identified by its taste, smell and color, but you need to keep in mind that these figures may vary depending on what plants were produced honey. The color of honey, for example, can range from almost white from lime and acacia honey to brown from the buckwheat honey. Each type of honey has its characteristic aroma and taste .

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How to determine the quality of honey?

Unscrupulous sellers may try to slip you immature, melted (the honey, which is heated after crystallization again to make it liquid) or artificial (made from sucrose) honey. This honey is not harmful to health, but no benefit from it there. How to determine the quality of honey and to make sure you have not slipped a fake?

In General, there are special standards to assess the quality of honey. But you're not going in the store or in the market to consider the honey under a microscope and do chemical analysis? When you buy honey you need to use techniques that allow to determine the quality of honey on the eyes{!LANG-e50fd819dc3e83303ab769fb0da320b7!}

In the unripe honey a lot of water and a little sucrose and enzymes. Due to the high water content of this honey quickly turns sour. Below to determine the maturity of honey. it is heated to 20°C and try to reel in the spoon. Mature honey is wound on it, and immature or counterfeit — flows.

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The quality of honey help to determine color, smell and taste. Each type of honey is characterized by its own flavor and fragrant (though sometimes slight, subtle). Adulterated honey usually does not smell{!LANG-1b042ea67c731fa618bfb3982ddb0ea9!}

Too dark or too light the color of honey should alert you. But it is not necessary to forget that for some types of honey characteristic dark or light color. For example, a dark buckwheat honey — not necessarily poor quality, but good lime honey dark can not be.

If the honey has a caramel taste — it melted. Burnt, sour or alcoholic taste characteristic of fermented honey. Bland bland taste — a sign of counterfeit honey from the sucrose. The bitter taste does not always mean low quality honey{!LANG-ba925e4c1bcd2a43c67116abba2c1ca7!}

Note that it is impossible to buy honey, which is stored in a metal pot: the honey reacts with the metal, and formation of harmful substances. Dangerous to buy honey harvested in ecologically disadvantaged areas{!LANG-728978e96850faaf9773fa9ebf67059b!}