***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
But did you know that Raw Honey has plenty of other uses and benefits, too? It's true! Raw honey, which hasn't been heat-processed, contains antiseptic properties and can be used in a myriad of ways. It can even be used to make you look and feel more naturally beautiful.
Here are 12 uses for raw honey that you may not have been aware of... Until now! You're welcome!
When it comes to raw honey, there are plenty of varieties available, all with varying colors and flavors. Some of my absolute favorite products are from Mohawk Valley Trading Co. This company offers only the highest quality unprocessed natural products. They have Pure Maple Syrup, Maple Sugar, Honey, Raw Honey, Beeswax, Beeswax Candles, Handmade Soap and Natural Skin Care Products.
ABout Mohawk Valley Trading Co :
Their warehouse is located in the city of Utica and is neither a walk-in retail store nor open to the public. They sell online only.
Our Honey Review:
Raw Buckwheat Honey
The Raw Buckwheat Honey is a variety I hadn't tried before. This honey has a very complex, almost earthy quality to it. It reminds me of molasses, only much, much better. Did you know that Dr. Oz recommends 1-2 teaspoons of buckwheat honey daily during cold and flu season? It's true!
Mohawk Valley Trading Co. offers raw buckwheat honey has not been heated, filtered, blended or processed. All of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and aromatics are in the same condition as they were in the hive.
From about July through thru October, they strategically place hives in buckwheat fields on both slopes and the surrounding area of the Central Mohawk Valley and Finger Lakes region of New York.
Tulip Poplar-Black Locust Honey
From about the last week of October (after they harvest the Autumn Wildflower and Buckwheat Honey) thru April some of the hives are trucked to The Delmarva Peninsula to winter over in a milder climate and to get an earlier start in the spring than they would in Upstate NY. Tulip Poplar and Black Locust trees bloom about the same time and this honey is derived form the nectar of their blossoms. Its dark color is due to the high mineral content. Mohawk Valley Trading Co. offers raw Tulip Poplar-Black Locust honey that is unheated, unpasteurized, unfiltered, unprocessed unblended and in the same condition as it was in the hive.
This honey was amazing...It has a nice, sweet flavor, which is slightly less pungent and earthy than the Buckwheat Honey. This variety is well-loved by all 3 of my kids for it's pleasant taste and aroma.
Sunflower-Summer Wildflower Honey
Sunflowers are in bloom at the same time summer wildflowers are and since honey bees are free-roaming, wild insects that fly; it is impossible to control where they forage. In some areas where there are miles and miles of sunflower fields it is possible to produce honey where the dominant source of nectar is sunflower; However, that is not the case here. Hence the name Sunflower-Summer Wildflower Honey.
I would have to say, this honey was my personal favorite. It has a creamy, thick consistency and I honestly enjoy it the most right from a spoon! The kids loved this one, too, and enjoy it on toast or on a peanut butter sandwich!
Mohawk Valley Trading Co. also carries Summer Wildflower Comb Honey . This becomes available about Mid-July and about 90 percent of it is pre-sold since they take orders year round on a first come, first served basis.
Comb honey is sections of the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells of the honeycomb that contain raw honey that have been cut from the wooden frames of a beehive.
It is the rawest honey available and contains all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics that the honey had in the hive.
Comb honey is more expensive than either raw or liquid bottled honey. Bottled honey is extracted from the beeswax comb and the comb is able to be used again. Since the comb is completely removed to produce comb honey, the bees and beekeeper must work harder to produce it.
Prior to the invention of honey extractors, a good majority of honey consumed was comb honey and currently it is in great demand among health enthusiast, honey aficionados, gourmands, connoisseurs and chefs.
***Due to poor conditions in the hive, comb honey is not currently available***
Overall, I couldn't be any more delighted with my honey from Mohawk Valley Trading Company. These products are nothing short of amazing....They're delicious, and I love experiencing all the different flavors from different hives. Oh, and the fact that raw honey has known health benefits and even beauty uses? Even better! So if you've ever been curious about Raw Honey, definitely check out Mohawk Valley Trading Co. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised! Oh, and their prices are very low, especially considering what raw honey usually costs at health food stores!
How to COnnect :
Mohawk Valley Trading Co. products are carried by Denver Urban Homesteading, Healthy Living Market, The Naturalist’s Notebook, West Elm, Steven Alan Home Shop, Brooklyn Kitchen, Brooklyn Homebrew (to name a few) and are used at some of the top restaurants and hotels in the USA.
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