TV Tuesday #44 – 3 Benefits Of Raw Organic Honey & A Giveaway!

Raw honey? What the heck is raw honey?

With the word “raw” floating out there in the blogosphere, you might be wondering what everyone is talking about.

Raw milk. Raw cacao. Raw honey. What does it all mean. I know I was not thinking in those terms 5 years ago. I would have heard that and thought it was some hippy lingo for over priced food.

But there is something to it. There are benefits of raw honey and reasons that it’s more expensive and harder to find. Let’s just say it’s kind of a premium product.

Raw essentially means that the product in question is not heated past the point of killing any of the nutrients and enzymes – the part that makes that food so good for us. The problems with that is that heat also kills all the unwanted stuff too. Germs, bugs and bacteria are killed off at high temperatures. So the only way to have a raw product is to start with a very healthy natural product, including good handling of said product, from start to finish. That’s why it’s more expensive. There’s no cutting corners. I’ll go into details about the benefits of raw unfiltered honey in the video.

 

We requested a jar of Organic Raw Honey to review from Tropical Traditions. I guess I was curious to see what it was like. We currently have access to fabulous local honey, but their fireweed honey is not certified organic, even though it is essentially just that. The bee hives are brought out high up the mountains in clear cut areas where Fireweed likes to grow. So like Tropical Traditions’ Raw Organic Honey, it’s bees are isolated from industrial factors such as pesticides and chemicals. The Tropical Traditions website doesn’t say what kinds of flowers are growing in the area (because there would be probably too many to list). My guess is that fireweed is a big contributor to the delicate flavor and the larger than life fragrance.

Have you had raw organic honey before? Where do you source yours from? I’d love to hear what you thought of it. Were you as impressed as me?

If you haven’t tried Tropical Traditions Raw Organic Honey, you can order it here.

Tropical Traditions Organic Raw Honey

Tropical Traditions Organic Raw Honey Giveaway

Also, one lucky person is going to win a jar of Tropical Traditions Organic Raw Honey! To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. The mandatory requirement for entry is to sign up for the Tropical Traditions Newsletter. You can do that right here. You can also get additional entries by signing up for Beyond The Peel email updates right here (or on the sidebar) and for “Liking” Beyond The Peel on Facebook.

The giveaway ends on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 and the winner will be announced next Friday, April 5, 2013. This giveaway is only available for U.S. and Canadian residents.

Enter right here…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To find out more about Tropical Traditions, check out their website, or learn about one of our favorite products from them, Virgin Coconut Oil.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

14 Responses to TV Tuesday #44 – 3 Benefits Of Raw Organic Honey & A Giveaway!

  1. Crystal March 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    I have a wonderful beeman-neighbor who also happens to be a NASA engineer! We’ve been getting honey from his farm for about three years now and it is A-mazing! It’s our go-to sweetener for almost any recipe. It’s not certified organic, but we are pleased with the quality and flavor. Since we are supplied his honey year round I can agree with you that the flavor is more complex at varying times of the year. It is kinda pricey at $12/quart so we decided to use it only when most needed (like baking and topping clean pancakes). Liquid gold!

    • beyondthepeel March 27, 2013 at 12:04 am #

      It is pricey….without a doubt. Liquid gold is a good description. hahaha

  2. Koko March 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I love raw honey! I get mine from a local farm in a little area about 20 minutes from Vancouver. You literally drive to his door and honk, and he’ll come out and give you all the samples you want from his wonderful bees. I’ve tried pumpkin honey, dandelion honey, melon honey, and more and the flavours are unbelievable. The area is full of organic farms where all the bees pollinate on the lovely plants and veg that are growing. He does have one certified organic type of honey from a different area, but he carefully explained just how hard it is to certify honey organic. Apparently you need everything in a like 100km radius to be certified organic, although bees don’t generally even travel that far to pollinate. I was actually happy enough with his explanation that I went with his local uncertified honeys rather than the certified organic from the interior. I love honey!!

    • beyondthepeel March 27, 2013 at 12:01 am #

      Wow that’s great. We are really fortunate on Vancouver Island too. I’d love to check him out sometime. Sounds wonderful.

  3. kayleigh March 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    I never tried raw honey before I will have to see if I can find a source in the uk!

  4. Mary@One Perfect Bite March 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    I really learned something new here today. I’ve never tried raw honey, but there is a first time for everything. I hope your week is off to a good start. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. Sandy March 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    What has been done to this honey to give it that white, creamy, milky look? That is not the way it comes from the hives.

  6. Jeanette Chen March 28, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    That honey looks so creamy – raw honey is supposed to be so much better for you!

  7. Amanda Kate March 28, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Hi guys. I am a fourth generation Beekeeper. There really is no such thing as organic honey….no beekeeper can tell bees where to fly and they do have a fairly substantial radius around there hives. They do not know which fields to avoid. To get organic certification it has to have a pesticide residue less than a certain percent so it may still contain pesticides. For how expensive organic honey is your best bet is to source honey from the farmers markets or local honey producer where you can ask about the bees location and be certain they have not heated the honey during extraction and at a much more reasonable price. The price to pay for organic certification is outrageous so many beekeepers sell their own locally. Also when you buy it from the beekeeper it usually has not been blended and has the unique flavours or the flowers that the bees were pollinating so changes with the seasons..We are blessed in our house to have an on tap supply and we use it for everything. We are a sugar free household and we go though about 3 kg (6 pounds) of honey every month for a family of 5……I am glad we don’t have to pay for it at the price of organic honey. Greetings from Australia Love your blog France….

  8. Joanne (eats well with others) March 28, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    I LOVE raw honey!! So much better tasting.

  9. Doreen March 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    I’ve been using raw honey for about a year. I get it from my local farmers market and it is from an area about an hour from my residence. They call it Holistic Honey with cappings, from “The Family Cow”. Expensive but worth it. Everyone should try it.

  10. Karen (Back Road Journal) March 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Our neighbor has bee hives and always gives us honey. We are thankful for his bees as they pollinate our apple orchard where we use absolutely no spray on our apples.

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