Raw, Pure, or Natural Honey...How do I choose? | Rose Hill Farm - CT

Raw, Pure, or Natural Honey...How do I choose?

I must confess...I too was once confused about honey and what made one better than another and why the prices could be so high or so low.

When you grab honey from major supermarkets, you may be getting honey indistinguishable in color, and taste.  The question is, do you think it's real honey?

Let’s examine the differences among honey in a bottle and the next time you are standing in front of a shelf trying to select your honey, you will no longer be scratching your head when you see the labels— pure, raw, and natural and so on!

Mass-produced honey, or the honey that we commonly buy from large-scale manufacturers has undergone the heating process or pasteurization (which destroys naturally occurring enzymes) to lengthen the longevity of honey. Further, mass-produced honey has been filtered to remove the small natural components such as pollen, these processes render honey less beneficial. Not only that, the honey that you get from supermarkets is more likely packed with corn syrup and other artificial additives.

Honey from local beekeepers is less processed, keeping it wholesome and full of its naturally occurring properties. But, there are still some good, better, best ways to evaluate your choice!

Good = Pure or Natural Honey

Pure or natural honey does not contain any artificial additives or flavoring. However, pure or natural honey usually undergos a heating process or pasteurization and micro filtered to remove “impurities”, aid the bottling process, and ensure consistency. It’s lovely to look at, and always the same from bottle to bottle, but all of the unique components have been removed.

Better = Raw Honey

Raw honey is taken directly from beehives. Unlike pure honey, it has not been heated, however...raw honey may have gone through filtration, beekeepers filtrate the honey to get rid of small particles including small parts from dead bees, pollens, and beeswax. Raw honey may have a cloudy or transparent texture.

Aside from color and process, the taste will also set the difference between raw and pure honey. Raw honey is creamier and crystallizes more quickly, but no need to worry, a pot of hot water can turn your raw honey back to its liquid state.

THE BEST = Raw Unfiltered honey

Just like raw honey, unfiltered honey is straight from the hive. However, this Honey is only strained of wax cappings and any hive debris. All the naturally occurring pollen remains. Because it has not been heated in any way, all the enzymes also remain present. 


Honey is not all the same. The color, taste, and aroma of pure, raw, and unfiltered honeys differ.  Enjoy and revel in the variety of nature.

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