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Health Benefits of Local Raw (Unpasteurized) Honey

  • Carries Antibacterial Properties
  • Anti microbial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-fungal
  • It Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
  • Helps Improve Cholesterol
  • Can Lower Triglycerides
  • Promotes Burn and Wound Healing
  • Can Help Suppress Coughs in Children
  • Immune Boosting
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Help digestive issues
  • Prebiotic
  • Soothe a sore throat

 

Fireweed Honey - why is it so good for us?

It is considered to be the 'Champagne of Honey'! 5 reasons why:

1. It is a very difficult honey retrieve

2. It is wild, making it the same, or some would argue, better than organic

2. It is highly medicinal

3. It takes much longer to crystallize (Crystallization explained below)

4. And of course the taste. It is some of the best honey you'll ever try!

It is the first plant to grow after there's been a forest fire or clear cutting. It helps to replenish the earth so the forest can regenerate. The fireweed plant it self carries many medicinal properties and these transfer to the honey. 

Blueberry Honey

Taken from the tiny white flowers of the blueberry bush, the nectar makes a honey which is typically light amber in colour and with a full, well-rounded flavour. According to the Brock University, Blueberry Honey has one of the highest levels of Anti-oxidants.

Why does honey crystallize? 

You know when honey gets hard and granular tasting? It has not gone bad. It is actually the natural preservation process of honey. Honey will never expire. It was found in tombs in Egypt and was still edible. Crystallization happens over time or if honey is cooled (so don't store your honey in the fridge). Honey should be stored at room temperature. It is possible to get honey back to liquid form... no not the microwave, as this will pasteurize it (killing all of the good things). You can place it in a pot of hot water up to 100 degrees. I usually use a turkey thermometer to keep track. It is a slower process, but it ensures you maintain all of honey's health benefits.

Buyer Beware

When buying honey from the grocery store, most times it has been altered and only just resembles honey. It is usually pasteurized (good for some things, but definitely not honey) This means it has been heated past 120 degrees. This process kills everything including all of the health benefits listed above. Another thing that is very common, is it can also have rice or corn syrup added to 'water it down' and make it stretch further. I recommend watching a great series on Netflix called Rotten. Episode 1 is all about the honey industry.

We recommend knowing where your honey comes from. Your local beekeeper. Golden Meadows Honey Farm is our family apiary. All of our honey in our store comes from our bees. We harvest our Blueberry honey in June and in July we go out to get Fireweed Honey which we harvest August. 

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace medical advice, nor is it recommended for people to stop their prescribed medication(s). The information written on this page is intended for general purposes

 

Resources For Beekeepers

Everything you'll need!

Bee Clubs

 

North Fraser Bee Club

Date: 4th Monday of each Month (Note: next meeting is Sept 30th)

Time: 7:30-9pm

Location: Grow & Gather Garden Center

24565 Dewdney Trunk Road

Maple Ridge

Website: www.northfraserhoneybeeclub.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthFraserBeeClub/

 

Langley Bee Club

Date: 1st Tuesday of each month Sept - June

Time: 7:30pm

Location: OAP Hall

3015 273 St

Aldergrove BC

Website: www.langleybeeclub.org

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/langleybeeclub/

This club also has Beers & Bees Meetups

 

Burnaby Bee Club

Date: 2nd Monday of each month

Time: 7-9pm

Location: Burnaby Neighbourhood House

4460 Beresford St

Burnaby

Email: jbobic@telus.net

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BurnabyBeekeepersAssociation/

 

Surrey Beekeepers Association

Date: 3rd Wednesday of each Month Sept - July

Time: 7:00pm

Location: The Honeybee Centre

7480 176 St

Surrey

Email: bees@surreybeeclub.ca 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SurreyBee/

 

Richmond Beekeepers Association

Date: 2nd Tuesday of each month Sept - June

Time: 7:30

Location: Kinsmen Nature Pavilion

11851 Westminster Hwy

Richmond

Website: www.richmondbeekeepers.ca

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/richmondbees/

This club also has Beers & Bees Meet-ups monthly

 

Chilliwack Bee Club

Date: 4th Wednesday of each Month

Time: 7-8:30pm

Meeting Location: The Chilliwack Library

45860 First Ave

Chilliwack

Email: chilliwackbeekeepers@gmail.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/117662245086717/

 

North Shore Bee Club

Website: http://northshorebeekeepingclub.weebly.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthShoreBeeClub/

 

Squamish Beekeepers

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/946974365362202/