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Learn all about the sweet world of honey with our list of frequently asked questions below! If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, please feel free to submit your question using our contact us form.

Learn all about the sweet world of honey with our list of frequently asked questions below! If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, please feel free to submit your question using our contact us form.

Are your honeys kosher?2019-10-23T15:00:12-07:00

Yes, all of our honeys are COR Certified.

COR is the kosher certification trademark used by the Kashruth Council of Canada, the largest kosher certification agency in Canada. The COR team works in conjunction with food manufacturers and food service establishments to ensure that food which is COR certified complies with the highest kosher dietary standards.

How do you eat bee pollen?2019-10-23T15:00:11-07:00

While bee pollen seems to be safe for most people, it is best to consult with your family doctor before consuming bee pollen, especially if you have seasonal allergies, or are allergic to pollen. 

People have enjoyed eating bee pollen in many ways due to its crunchy, semi-sweet and dry taste. You can eat it straight up, by the spoonful, as a topping on oatmeal or a yogurt parfait, mixed in with honey, or shaken up in a smoothie.

Are your honeys gluten free?2019-10-23T15:00:11-07:00

Honey is naturally free of gluten and does not contain wheat or any wheat by-products.

Is honey safe for diabetics?2019-10-23T15:00:11-07:00

If you have diabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes, it is best to consult with your family doctor before consuming honey, or using honey as a substitute for sugar. 

There is some emerging research suggesting that honey can be effective at managing diabetes and its complications when used as part of an overall and comprehensive strategy for managing a diabetic lifestyle.

Is honey paleo friendly?2020-08-04T16:34:18-07:00

Before starting on a paleo diet or lifestyle, consult with your family doctor.

A paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. Unlike granulated sugar, processed sweeteners and high-fructose corn syrup, honey is generally seen as paleo friendly – so long as it is consumed in small quantities!

What are some of the health benefits of honey?

For much of human history, honey has been used for various ailments – ranging from external applications to heal or soothe skin conditions and burns, to being used as a natural cough suppressant. Recent studies have also shown that honey may have nootropic (memory and cognitive enhancing) properties. .

In addition, different honeys also exhibit different health properties. For example:

Note that this information does not constitute should not be taken as medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.

Is bee pollen healthy or good for you?2020-08-04T16:36:11-07:00

While bee pollen seems to be safe for most people, it is best to consult with your family doctor before consuming bee pollen, especially if you have seasonal allergies or are allergic to pollen.
There has been an increasing number of scientific studies about bee pollen published in the last 20 years.

Generally speaking, bee pollen is full of vitamins (especially vitamin B), minerals, carotenoids, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, sterols and terpenes. It is a “complete food” that consists of a range of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, nucleic acids, and other macromolecules.

Various studies have shown that bee pollen may have antioxidant properties, may help alleviate allergic reactions, and may support gut health or have pro-biotic properties.
While previous studies vary in nature and scope, and there is more research to be done on subject, pollen has been shown to carry some positive health benefits!

Bee Pollen: Chemical Composition and Therapeutic Application

Biological and therapeutic properties of bee pollen: a review.

Antioxidant Potential of Propolis, Bee Pollen, and Royal Jelly: Possible Medical Application.

Is unpasteurized honey safe to eat?2019-10-23T15:00:11-07:00

Honey is naturally antimicrobial, and generally speaking, safe to eat in a raw or unpasteurized state.

Although there may be trace amounts of yeast or other naturally occurring micro-organisms in the product, as adults, our digestive systems easily neutralize these entities and pose no significant threat.

Honey is not recommended for babies less than 1 year old because their digestive systems are not mature enough to neutralize the same entities.

Is raw honey or organic honey healthier than regular honey?2019-10-23T15:00:11-07:00

Raw honey is as it exists in the beehive – unpasteurized and as unprocessed as possible. After being removed from the hive, the fresh honeycombs are pressed on a cloth filter to remove any beeswax or solids. The resulting honey goes straight into the bottle. This ensures all the subtle aromas, flavours and nutritional benefits of the honey are maintained. Most of the health benefits of raw honey can be attributed to its antioxidants and enzymes. Because many regular honeys are processed, they may have lower levels of antioxidants and enzymes.

Is honey antibacterial?2020-08-04T16:37:07-07:00

Honey generally has low water content and is a concentrated solution consisting of sugars, vitamins, trace minerals and a variety of different macromolecules and enzymes. Taken together, honey is naturally antimicrobial and has antibacterial (bacteriostatic and bactericidal) properties thanks to a naturally occurring enzyme called glucose oxidase

Is honey good for digestive health?2020-08-04T16:37:31-07:00

Studies have shown that eating honey can promote and enhance gut health. Fresh honey also contains both prebiotic compounds (elements that enhance the naturally occurring intestinal microflora) and probiotic cultures which inhibit the growth of unhealthy gut bacteria.

Is honey bad for cholesterol, blood pressure, or weight gain?2020-08-04T16:38:22-07:00

Studies have actually shown that honey may lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol! Additionally, due to its natural antioxidant properties, honey may reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease

Because honey also tastes sweeter than sugar, due to the mix of glucose and fructose, substituting honey for sugar in baking or other recipes may also lead to weight loss as you can achieve the same “sweetness level” by using less calories.

Are all of your honeys 100% pure Canadian? / Do you use any offshore honeys?2019-09-11T18:30:12-07:00

All of our household honeys are 100% pure Canadian honey. In fact all of our Elias Gourmet honeys are 100% pure Canadian honey as well, except for our buckwheat honey which is a blend of American and Canadian honeys from the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Northwest produces some of the highest-quality buckwheat honey in the world and our great relationship with our US suppliers means we can ensure the Canadian quality standards are met, every step of the way.

How do I know Elias Honey is safe to eat and 100% pure honey?2019-09-09T19:15:11-07:00

All of our honeys are 100% Pure Canadian and meet Canadian CFIA standards for honey production and safety. The only exceptions are our Elias Gourmet Buckwheat honey, which is a blend of American and Canadian honeys, and our Cinnamon honey spread, where we add a dash of pure cinnamon to our pure Canadian honey. Our buckwheat honey still meets all the same CFIA standards, and we never use any fillers, syrups or offshore honeys in any of our products.

How do you ensure your honey is organic?2019-09-11T17:14:10-07:00

When hives are placed in blossom rich locations, honeybees will fly up to a seven-kilometer radius to collect nectar. 

Our Pro-Cert Certified Elias Organic Honey comes from hives placed in areas where there is zero pesticide use within a seven-kilometer radius. This honey is regularly tested to ensure that there are no pesticide residues or environmental pollutants.

Is your honey organic, unfiltered, or unheated?2019-09-09T19:15:11-07:00

Our Elias Organic honey is certified organic by Pro-Cert in Canada. 

Both our Elias Organic creamed honey and Elias Raw creamed honey are unfiltered, and minimally heated in order to extract the honey from the frames and pack into jars. 

Our household and gourmet liquid honeys require slightly more heating to properly filter out beeswax and pack into bottles. Our bottling and packaging methods maintain all of the natural subtle flavours and aromas of each and every one of our honeys. 

Does your honey come from flowers or trees that have been sprayed with pesticides?2019-09-09T19:15:11-07:00

All of our beekeeper partners try their very best to keep hives away from areas with pesticide use and keep their honey production as close to organic as possible. Bees are wild however and will fly anywhere in a seven-kilometer radius to collect nectar, so it is sometimes impossible to find an area that’s guaranteed to have zero human activity. 

Our Pro-Cert Certified Elias Organic honey comes from hives placed in areas where there is zero pesticide use within a seven-kilometer radius. This honey is regularly tested to ensure that there are no pesticide residues or environmental pollutants.

Is your packaging recyclable?2019-09-09T19:15:11-07:00

Yes! All of our packaging is made from recyclable plastic or glass. Please look for the recycling codes embedded on all our containers and lids We encourage you to rinse and recycle, or reuse our containers once empty.

Does your honey include any fillers or additives? / Do you add corn syrup to your honeys?2019-09-11T17:14:24-07:00

No! We never use any fillers, sugar, corn syrup or offshore honey blends in any of our products. 

We do make a cinnamon honey spread which contains 100% pure Canadian honey with a dash of pure cinnamon added in. It’s delicious to spread on toast, rice cakes or for any on-the-go snack!

Why does honey crystallize? Can I prevent honey from crystallizing?2019-09-11T17:14:31-07:00

Crystallization, or granulation, is a natural process. All liquid honeys will crystallize over time. 

Honey contains two types of sugars in a concentrated solution: glucose and fructose. Generally speaking, glucose is what your everyday granulated sugar is made of, and fructose is the naturally occurring sugar found in fruits. Depending on the season and blossom, the ratio of these two sugars in honey can differ. Fructose is more soluble in water, so if the honey has a high concentration of fructose, it will crystallize more slowly than a honey with a high concentration of glucose. 

If you find that your honey crystallizes, don’t throw it away! You can easily liquefy it again.  

Creamed honey, on the other hand, does not crystallize so you can enjoy it just the way it is from the first spoonful until it’s all gone!

Why do you source buckwheat honey from the US?2019-09-09T19:15:11-07:00

Beekeepers in Washington State, USA produce some of the highest-quality and best-tasting buckwheat honey in the world. We work closely with our partners to ensure that our buckwheat honey meets all CFIA requirements and Canadian standards for purity and quality.

Is crystallized honey bad? Does crystallized honey taste different?2019-09-09T19:17:45-07:00

No, the texture will be different, and you can always re-liquefy it again. There is nothing “bad” about crystallized or granulated honey. It’s a natural process that occurs with time.

What can I do if my honey granulates or crystallizes?2019-09-09T19:18:27-07:00

Granulated honey is still edible and can easily be liquefied! 

For best results, liquefy the honey in a glass container.  

Carefully place the container in warm water until the honey softens and liquefies. If the honey doesn’t become runny, stir it vigorously and then place the container back in the warm water bath.  

What is the best way to store honey?2019-10-23T15:00:13-07:00

The best way to store honey is in a cool location away from direct light or heat sources, such as a cupboard or pantry in your kitchen.

How is organic honey different from regular honey?2019-10-23T15:00:13-07:00

Organic honey is produced when beekeepers place beehives in a location where no pesticides have been sprayed within a seven-kilometer radius. Look for organic honeys that are certified by a recognized body in Canada, such as our Pro-Cert Organic Certified honey.

What is raw honey? Is it healthier for you?2019-10-23T15:00:12-07:00

Raw honey is honey as it exists in the beehive – unpasteurized and as unprocessed as possible. After being removed from the hive, the fresh honeycombs are pressed on a cloth filter to remove the beeswax and anything solid. The resulting honey goes straight into the bottle. This ensures all the subtle aromas, flavours and nutritional benefits of the honey are maintained.

Is it good to have pollen in honey?2019-10-23T15:00:12-07:00

While bee pollen seems to be safe for most people, it is best to consult with your family doctor before consuming bee pollen, especially if you have seasonal allergies or are allergic to pollen. 

Bee pollen contains many vitamins, trace minerals and antioxidants – it is, after all, the primary food source for the beehive! Pollen can add a crunchy, textural element to honey, so it’s a great way to enhance your honey. You can also add it to a smoothie or as a topping on a snack!

What is creamed honey?2019-10-23T15:00:12-07:00

Despite its name, there is no cream or dairy in creamed honey.

Creamed honey is honey that has been “pre-crystallized” or undergone a natural process to control crystallization. It all starts by churning a small amount of crystallized honey with regular liquid honey and letting the mixture cool for a few days. The result is a spreadable honey with a velvety smooth “creamed” texture – perfectly delicious on toast, as a topping on tart fruits, or mixed with your favorite nut butter for a homemade energy gel snack!

What does “Canada No. 1 white” mean?2019-10-23T15:00:12-07:00

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires all honey to be graded on its source, moisture content and colour. 

There are three grades of honey produced in Canada with the grade names Canada No. 1, Canada No. 2 and Canada No. 3. 

There are four classes of colour designations for honey: White, Golden, Amber, and Dark, as measured by a device called a Pfund Colour Grader, which measures the colour intensity of honey across a colour spectrum.

“Canada No. 1 White” means that the honey is 100% Canadian, pure, free of debris and has a light, golden colour.

How do you produce different varieties of honey?2019-10-23T15:00:12-07:00

Our hardworking honeybees collect pollen and nectars from all different types of flowers within a 7km radius from their hive. The trick is to place the hive in an area that has a high concentration of the type of varietal honey you want to produce! For example, our blackberry, blueberry and raspberry honeys are made from beehives placed in the middle of expansive blackberry, blueberry and raspberry fields, respectively. 

Sure, there will be some pollen from other blossoms in the honey, but the dominant flavour will be from the dominant pollen in the area. This is what is cool and interesting about honey – while every bottle may look the same, the flavours and aromas can vary wildly from jar to jar!

What does blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, alfalfa-clover, buckwheat and wildflower honey taste like?2020-08-04T16:28:07-07:00

Different blossoms produce very different tasting honeys in a range of colours from light gold to amber and dark brown. Each jar will offer a surprising range of aromatics and flavours from fruity, floral and herbaceous, to woody and spicy. Check out our Products page for more details on how each varietal tastes. 

Where are your different varieties of honey produced?2019-10-23T15:00:12-07:00

British Columbia is known for producing some of the best blackberries, blueberries and raspberries in the world, so our bees don’t stray far from home. 

Our wildflower and alfalfa/clover blossom honeys come from both British Columbia and Alberta, depending on seasonal factors.

Our buckwheat honey comes from Washington State in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.