Pure honey comes directly from honey bees and not factories. By examining the physical qualities of honey, it is easy to know whether it is pure or not.
To relish the taste and enjoy all the benefits derived from honey, one must consider consuming only the purest honey. Here are a few simple test and experiments that you can perform at home to verify the purity of honey.
Before you carry out any test you must make sure to read the labels on the container. It is the first and the most basic step to check the purity of honey. It is mandatory for manufacturers to mention the additions of flavors, coloring, artificial sweeteners etc. So you can scrutinize the label for checking the purity of the honey.
If you are buying honey directly from bee-keepers, then you are buying raw, unprocessed and quality driven honey. We recommend you learn the difference between fake and pure honey.
Here Is a Few Test You Can Do at Home to Check the Purity of Honey:
- The Thumb Test: A simple test to check the purity of honey, put a small drop of the honey on your thumb. Check if it spills or spread around on your thumb. If it spreads then the honey is impure since pure honey will stay intact on your thumb.
- The Water Test: This is a test using water to spot impure honey. Simply fill a glass of water and add a teaspoon of honey into the glass. Adulterated or impure honey will easily dissolve in water and you will see it around the glass. On the other hand, pure honey will settle right at the bottom of the glass.
- The Flame Test: Pure honey is flammable and to check if the honey is 100 % pure, try this test! Start by taking a matchstick and dip the tip of the matchstick with honey. Strike the matchstick on the matchbox to see its lights. If the honey is pure then the matchstick will easily light up and the honey will keep burning. But if the honey is impure it will not light up as it contains moisture.
- The Blot test: A test to see if the honey is diluted with water using a blotting paper. Put a few drops of honey on a blotting paper. It may be absorbed or leave a wet mark on the paper. Both pure and impure honey will not be absorbed but impure honey will leave a wet mark.
Note: Know that these tests are not 100% accurate. Although these tests are based on true principles, the results may be inconclusive.
Here is an info-graphic to further determine the pure and impure honey. These are simple ways by which an average day to day consumer can quickly tell if the honey he/she is buying is pure or impure.
Interesting, don’t you think? What method did you try in order to check the purity of honey? Or do you know of any other test to check purity of honey.