No pesticides or herbicides are used in, near or around our bee hives.
Raw honey from Ginkgo Farms has not been heated, filtered, blended or processed. All of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and aromatics are in the same condition as they were in the hive.
The rawest honey available is comb honey cut from the hive, packaged and offered for sale. Comb honey contains all of the enzymes and some pollen from its production. Comb honey is more expensive than either raw or liquid bottled honey which is extracted from the beeswax comb.
Despite the benefits of pure comb honey most people prefer bottled honey. There are two distinct types of bottled honey. Raw honey is as close to comb honey as you can get. When the comb is removed from the hive the wax cappings covering the honey are scrapped off and the frames are loaded into an extractor. The extractor spins the frames and the honey is removed via centrifugal forces. The honey is then strained to remove large pieces of wax, propolis and bee fragments. Our honey is never heated.
Raw honey is known for crystallizing. The granulation occurs after bottling with the rate dependent on the nectar composition of the honey. If granulation is a problem honey can be returned to its liquid state by placing the jar in warm water. Crystallized honey is thick and opaque and does not run off ofF a spoon.
Raw honey advocates prefer unpasteurized honey because the pasteurization process destroys delicate flavors and enzymes. It is assumed that raw honey is healthier because it contains pollen, phytochemicals and active enzymes. People with allergies often find consuming local honey provides a remedy.
Propolis has been used for eons by many cultures for its health benefits and as a traditional, natural or homeopathic medicine to treat wounds and for problems ranging from itching to cancer. Propolis has been shown to have antibiotic, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and is effective against streptococcus bacteria.
Other studies have found propolis effective in treating minor burns, minor infections, minor wounds, dental pain, inflammatory diseases and genital herpes. Today it is marketed as a healthy dietary supplement and is available as chunks, capsules, tablets, powder and tinctures. It can be found in some chewing gums, ointments, personal care products and is being investigated as a tooth enamel hardener and a dental sealant.
Raw honey is often used by pollen allergy sufferers to lessen their sensitivity to pollen by eating 1 to 2 tsp. of it each day. The idea is that by introducing small amounts of pollen into their system by eating raw honey, a tolerance to pollen allergens is built up.
Due to the higher amount of propolis and pollen, raw honey with cappings is usually sought after by those looking to maximize their health benefits.