Organic foods have steadily been gaining in popularity over the last few years. The green movement and other health-conscious ideologies, including the raw food diet, have certainly done much to promote the consumption of organic foods. Now, Wedderspoon has launched two new organic honey products: organic Rata honey and organic dandelion honey. It is common knowledge that organic foods are free of pesticides and other harmful ingredients, but it is the process by which organic honey is produced that makes it very special—and worth its higher price tag.
The Process of Making Organic Honey
To be certified as an organic product, items meant for consumption must be produced under very strict regulations. First and foremost, no chemicals, including pesticides, can be used during the process of growing or creating the food items. Second, the actual processing of these items much be completed without using temperatures that are too high or inadvertently exposing the food to chemicals.
When it comes to making organic honey, manufacturers must abide by very strong guidelines that literally dictate the process, step by step.
The source of the nectar collected by bees must be free of chemicals.
The entire foraging area of the bees must also be free of chemicals.
The bees must be managed in a manner that does not cause their natural honey producing behaviors to change.
The honey must be extracted without using any chemicals or altering the honey in any way.
The honey must not be exposed to chemicals or high temperatures when processed, packaged, and shipped.
Because these guidelines are so strict, finding great organic honey is important to many health food, organic, and raw diet enthusiasts.
Wedderspoon's Organic Honey
The two new kinds of organic honey offered by Wedderspoon are wonderful assets to the organic market. The first, Wild Dandelion Honey, comes from New Zealand's South Island. This honey is thick and has been made with uncultivated, wild dandelions. The second, Wild Rata Honey, is also from New Zealand. Created in the country's national forests, this honey is made from nectar from the Rata tree—a protected tree that only flowers every other year. The honey is very thick, creamy, and nearly white in color. A rare form of honey, this is a real organic treat.
Creating organic honey is a very complicated process that must be managed perfectly. Honey is tested for chemicals before being certified as organic, so even the slightest mistake can cause a batch of honey to be denied the label of an organic item. As organic products, Wedderspoon's new honeys will prove to be a wonderful addition to any pantry.