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FAQs - Hédène Honey

FAQs - Hédène Honey

1.  There are a variety of honey in the market. What makes Hédène my choice?

     

  • Hédène is a symbol of French traditional beekeeping and know-how. Each beehive (colony) is developed in a 3km-radius densely mono-floral wild forest in order to guarantee a specific aroma of each honey.
  • Each Hédène honey is unique, representing a region of France and its symbolic flower.
  • Hédène is distinctive for its beekeeping in wildflower parcels, compared with the others in cultivated flower plants. Wildflowers in different regions grow in the natural environment. Blossoming and harvesting depend on the weather, soil and water of the region that year. Sometimes there is a good harvest, sometimes the harvest is absent. The honey we sell this year might not be available next year. That makes Hédène honey particularly precious.

2.  The flavour of Hédène honey is added after the production? How could you make lavender, blackberry or buckwheat flavour into the honey?

  • Hédène honey varies in colour, appearance and taste. The variety of taste is made possible out of the French know-how of the two traditional beekeeping families. Unlike some honey you may find in the market, it is added with berry jams, mocha and other taste for fusion.

3  There are so many choices here. Which one should I choose?

  • Primarily you could choose the honey in terms of taste, texture and intensity.
  • If you normally drink Acacia honey/multi-flower honey, you would probably fall in love with the Acacia honey from Burgundy, lightly floral and fruity, with a texture like maltose. If you prefer creamy, a thicker texture, you may consider Blackberry Honey, relatively sweeter, or Heather Honey.
  • If you would like to try something special, a woody taste from France could be your choice. If you could stand the strong taste, you may try the Buckwheat Honey. Otherwise, you may consider Fir honey in a lighter taste and a smoother texture.
  • If you are interested in the function of propolis, you could try the perfect mixture of French propolis and chestnut honey in 125g jar. Each jar contains 2,500mg of fresh propolis.

4.  Could honey or propolis be eaten every day?

  • We believe everyone could eat natural food daily based on their needs. However, it is always true that nothing should be taken excessively.
  • Every jar honey contains 80g natural sugar per 100g. Every teaspoon holds 4-5g honey. World Health Organization suggests an adult of healthy body weight consumes about 2000 calories per day, Less than 10% of total energy intake from free sugars, which is equivalent to 50 g (or about 12 level teaspoons). Therefore, the amount of honey intakes should depend on one's eating habits. Compared with the added sugar in food, natural honey is more beneficial. Generally speaking, one to two teaspoons of honey a day would be fine.  
  • For chronic patients, young children or elder people should consult doctors or professionals before consuming honey.

5. How long could Hédène honey be preserved, before and after the jar is opened? 

  • JMC Wild Forest sells honey harvested last season, freshly imported from France by air. According to the standard suggested by the French authority, the preservation period is in 3 years. Please note the date printed on the package or at the bottom is "Best Before". Even though the date has passed, the honey is still fine to be consumed.
  • After open, it is recommended to finish it within one year. When time passes, honey may start crystallising. Colour may change darker or lighter. This does not suggest the honey has gone off or become unsuitable for consumption. However, there might be a slight change in taste or aroma.

6.  Why does honey crystallise? I heard only honey which is not pure or raw would crystallise.

  • The answer is a definite NO. Hédène honey might crystallise over time. This is a natural phenomenon which testifies the honey quality and proves it was not pasteurised or added with flavour. Hédène various honey may crystallise more or less quickly, depending on the flower’s nectar because it depends on natural sugars' density (the composition of fructose and glucose). The more fructose it contains relative to glucose, the more liquid the honey appears to be. On the opposite, the honey would more easily crystallise.

7.  What honey is composed of?

  • Honey is a composition of 80% sugar, ~18% water and less than 2% minerals, vitamins, pollen, protein and etc. Nutritional information of Hédène is as follows:

  • The sugar in honey is in the form of glucose and fructose, which are fast-absorbing sugars that raise your blood glucose level. Just beware of the quantity you take. For those concerned with blood sugar or mild Diabetes, it is suggested to consider the Acacia honey from Burgundyfor which the glycemic index is at 20 (the highest value is 100). Compared with other food added with sugar (usually at 56 to 100), it is relatively quite low, with a light floral aroma and fruity taste, aiding on digestion.

8.  Should honey be stored in a fridge? Will honey go off?

  • It is not necessary to store the honey in a fridge. The cold temperature could quicken the crystallisation. Although crystallised honey is still fine to be consumed, the taste and aroma may slightly change and affect your enjoyment of the original taste
  • It is recommended to put honey in room temperature, cool and dry environment, in avoidance of direct sunlight. High temperatures could damage the complex structure of honey, the taste and the nutrients. Thus, Hédène would never conduct pasteurisation on honey.
  • Honey has high sugar and low moisture content. It is acidic at a pH value of 3.9 on average,  containing the antibacterial substance. These three features are what allow properly stored honey to keep for so long.
  • But some external factors by human beings may lower the antimicrobial properties of honey. For example, honey must be stored and properly sealed in an appropriate container, such as the delicate Hédène glass, deterring the microbes and moisture from the surroundings. More importantly, a clean and dry spoon or honey dipper shall be used, preventing water from dropping into the honey jar. Asa result, honey could be well preserved.

9.  Why should we avoid metal spoon or container for honey?

  • Honey tastes sweet and refreshing but it is acidic in nature. When the metal touches with the acid, honey might be damaged out of the chemical reaction. Honey dipper is thus ideal for pulling out the honey from the jar.

10.  Could honey be put into hot water/drinks?

  • We would only recommend warm water below 40 degrees Celsius. High temperatures could turn the honey sour and damage the properties of honey. You may wait to put your honey until your hot drink or bowl of oats have cooled down.



Hédène uses the most precious element of the hive - Royal Jelly to bring out the aroma of the Acacia honey. Through the traditional French know-how, you will be presented with the French royal jelly that combines deliciousness and efficacy.Inside the little jar, it contains 1,000mg royal jelly mixed with the delicious Acacia honey which moderates the sournes..

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Hédène uses the most precious element of the hive - Royal Jelly to bring out the aroma of the Acacia honey. Through the traditional French know-how, you will be presented with the French royal jelly that combines deliciousness and efficacy.Inside the little jar, it contains 1,000mg royal jelly mixed with the delicious Acacia honey which moderates the sournes..
HK$138.00

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Note: Acacia, MaltoseWith its unique crystal clear color, Hédène acacia honey has very refined aromas and an unprecedented sweetness. Without any acidity and bitterness, it almost fits everyone's taste.It is a great digestive regulator*. Its glycemic index is low (20).Harvested in Burgundy, with purely traditional beekeeping methods, Hédène acacia honey is p..

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Note: Acacia, MaltoseWith its unique crystal clear color, Hédène acacia honey has very refined aromas and an unprecedented sweetness. Without any acidity and bitterness, it almost fits everyone's taste.It is a great digestive regulator*. Its glycemic index is low (20).Harvested in Burgundy, with purely traditional beekeeping methods, Hédène acacia honey is p..
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Hédène French buckwheat honey comes in brown colour with a creamy texture and beery buckwheat aromas. It remains lightly sweet and ends with unobtrusive sourness. Hédène French buckwheat harvested in France in the heart of the forest of Orléans, Loiret. Blossoming is staggered between mid-June and the beginning of September. The harvest happens bet..

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Hédène French buckwheat honey comes in brown colour with a creamy texture and beery buckwheat aromas. It remains lightly sweet and ends with unobtrusive sourness. Hédène French buckwheat harvested in France in the heart of the forest of Orléans, Loiret. Blossoming is staggered between mid-June and the beginning of September. The harvest happens bet..
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Core product of the beehive, French pollen bee is harvested during the bee’s foraging.Its range of colors comes from diverse foraged flowers. Naturally rich in proteins, pollen is essential in the bees’ alimentation as it is their unique protein intake.100% RawNo preservatives/ added flavouringNon-GMONo sugar addedBee pollen is rich in amino acids with ..

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Core product of the beehive, French pollen bee is harvested during the bee’s foraging.Its range of colors comes from diverse foraged flowers. Naturally rich in proteins, pollen is essential in the bees’ alimentation as it is their unique protein intake.100% RawNo preservatives/ added flavouringNon-GMONo sugar addedBee pollen is rich in amino acids with ..
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Notes: Blackberry, Raisin, HeatherWith a warm color, this refined honey has fruity and caramelized overtones. It is an authentic honey with intense and long-lasting scents and a light aftertaste of bitterness. Its flavor is very nice, fruity but also caramelized, for a genuine journey through the senses.Heather contains arbutin, the flavonoids quercitri..

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Notes: Blackberry, Raisin, HeatherWith a warm color, this refined honey has fruity and caramelized overtones. It is an authentic honey with intense and long-lasting scents and a light aftertaste of bitterness. Its flavor is very nice, fruity but also caramelized, for a genuine journey through the senses.Heather contains arbutin, the flavonoids quercitri..
HK$178.00

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Hédène lavender honey has embodies subtle lavender note. With lightly fruity flavours. It dissolves softly in the mouth. Connoisseurs might feel sweet and delicate almond aftertaste. Creating a refreshing sweetness and then leaving a delicate almond aftertaste.Is a good anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It can also cure infections and significant inflammatio..

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Hédène lavender honey has embodies subtle lavender note. With lightly fruity flavours. It dissolves softly in the mouth. Connoisseurs might feel sweet and delicate almond aftertaste. Creating a refreshing sweetness and then leaving a delicate almond aftertaste.Is a good anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It can also cure infections and significant inflammatio..
HK$178.00

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Notes: Mint, Citrus, PruneHédène linden honey comes from linden flowers with menthol overtones. Like acacia honey, it has an aromatic fineness that perfectly dissolves into drinks and mouth. It has a unique aroma, minty sweetness without sourness.The linden’s blossoming period is unpredictable. It generally happens from mid-May to July,  then the honey ..

HK$168.00

Notes: Mint, Citrus, PruneHédène linden honey comes from linden flowers with menthol overtones. Like acacia honey, it has an aromatic fineness that perfectly dissolves into drinks and mouth. It has a unique aroma, minty sweetness without sourness.The linden’s blossoming period is unpredictable. It generally happens from mid-May to July,  then the honey ..
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Notes: Grass, PruneWhen you think of Rosemary, you would immediately think of preparing food such as lamb steaks and chicken legs. In fact, rosemary is a perennial herb that could flower. Through pollination, the bees produce a unique very sweet and refreshing honey of rosemary. With its creamy texture and a light crystallized grain in the mouth, it is ..

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Notes: Grass, PruneWhen you think of Rosemary, you would immediately think of preparing food such as lamb steaks and chicken legs. In fact, rosemary is a perennial herb that could flower. Through pollination, the bees produce a unique very sweet and refreshing honey of rosemary. With its creamy texture and a light crystallized grain in the mouth, it is ..
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Made of 100% French Buxus and is the nest utensil for tasting the genuine French honey.Its grooved saddle is especially made to hold the honey to the last drop at ease and makes you enjoy it to the fullest.Suggested Usage:Place the wooden honey dipper directly into the honey and keep turning it through the handle until the honey is not dripping.Take it ..

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Made of 100% French Buxus and is the nest utensil for tasting the genuine French honey.Its grooved saddle is especially made to hold the honey to the last drop at ease and makes you enjoy it to the fullest.Suggested Usage:Place the wooden honey dipper directly into the honey and keep turning it through the handle until the honey is not dripping.Take it ..
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Note:Resin, OakOthers: Cane, Syrup, Cut Green Grass, EarthyLike Acacia Honey, Hédène Fir Honey is harvested in the Joux Forest, in South Jura, at the heart of one of the most beautiful pinewoods of France. Fir Honey is rich in natural trace elements, which has the following characteristics:- Help to promote red blood cell formation*;- Antibacterial..

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Note:Resin, OakOthers: Cane, Syrup, Cut Green Grass, EarthyLike Acacia Honey, Hédène Fir Honey is harvested in the Joux Forest, in South Jura, at the heart of one of the most beautiful pinewoods of France. Fir Honey is rich in natural trace elements, which has the following characteristics:- Help to promote red blood cell formation*;- Antibacterial..
HK$178.00

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Taste ReferenceNotes: Blackberry, Melon, RaisinOthers: Cut Green Grass, Pepper With a meltingly soft creamy texture, Blackberry honey tastes like rosemary honey but has a fruity red berry note, stronger flavour and aromatic persistence.Harvested in Limousin, Blackberry honey is extremely rare and symbolizes the wilderness of nature. The h..

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Taste ReferenceNotes: Blackberry, Melon, RaisinOthers: Cut Green Grass, Pepper With a meltingly soft creamy texture, Blackberry honey tastes like rosemary honey but has a fruity red berry note, stronger flavour and aromatic persistence.Harvested in Limousin, Blackberry honey is extremely rare and symbolizes the wilderness of nature. The h..
HK$168.00

Hédène French honey and propolis is a preparation allying the aromatic power of Hédène monofloral chestnut honey and the unique taste of French propolis. Its liquid texture and its woody flavor make it more pleasant to swallow, compared with other propolis products in general.Propolis is the treasure of nature -- thousands of years ago, the ancient civili..

HK$128.00

Hédène French honey and propolis is a preparation allying the aromatic power of Hédène monofloral chestnut honey and the unique taste of French propolis. Its liquid texture and its woody flavor make it more pleasant to swallow, compared with other propolis products in general.Propolis is the treasure of nature -- thousands of years ago, the ancient civili..
HK$128.00

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