February 08, 2014

How to Verify the Purity Of Honey

Fake and impure honeys have become commonplace in the market today, despite many people's preference for 100% bees' honey. The problem with this is, unfortunately, fake and impure honey can be passed off as pure very easily. When viewed on the shelf, it is very hard to pick out what is pure, and what is not. There are, however, a few ways to figure this out. Generally honey is adulterated by adding a syrup of jiggery.

Here are a few tests to check whether the honey is pure.

  • Honey does not dissolve in water. Drop a teaspoon of honey in a cup of water and mix it gently, wait for a few minutes. Pure honey should remain as a solid lump at the bottom of the cup.
  • Honey should not get absorbed when dropped on blotting paper.
  • Pour honey on a piece of white cloth and wash it off. Pure honey does not leave any stains behind
  • Ants don't get attracted to honey. Due to its viscocity, ants must be able to walk over honey without any trouble
  • Dip a cotton ear bud in honey and light it with a match stick. Pure honey will burn while honey adulterated with water will not

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