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 Burgundy, for 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.