What is “raw honey?”
Raw honey is minimally filtered and unpasteurized (not heated above 105 degrees Fahrenheit). It is as close to the state in which it existed while in the beehive.

Is honey sweeter than table sugar?
Yes, honey is sweeter than table sugar, so you actually use less of it.

Does hot water affect the taste of honey?
Avoid adding boiling water to honey, as this not only reduces the aroma and flavor of the honey, but also destroys the natural enzymes present in it.

Does honey have an expiration date, can it spoil?
Raw honey has an indefinite shelf life. Stored in sealed containers raw honey can remain stable for decades—even centuries! Raw honey was discovered in a 4000-year-old Egyptian tomb and amazingly it was still edible. Honey absorbs moisture from the air when left opened, and this can lead to fermentation—so be sure to store your honey in an airtight container. Raw honey will naturally crystallize—this is perfectly normal.

Does crystallization affect the quality of honey?
Crystallization does not affect the quality and nutritional value of honey.

Is honey a healthier choice than artificial sweeteners?
Yes, for all the obvious reasons.

Is Honey cholesterol and fat free?

Other than its amazing flavor, what makes Imperial Yucatan Honey unique?
It is never been mixed with other honeys, it is treatment free, contains no chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics or GMOs.

What is honey’s nutritional content?
Honey is composed primarily of carbohydrates and water, and also contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Of recent interest is the antioxidant content of honey. Honey contains a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids which act as antioxidants. Generally, darker honeys have higher antioxidant content than lighter honeys.

Why can’t I feed honey to my baby less than 1 year of age?
Honey may contain clostridium botulinum spores that can cause infant botulism – a rare but serious disease that affects the nervous system of young babies (under one year of age). Clostridium botulinum spores are present throughout the environment and may be found in dust, soil and improperly canned foods. Adults and children over one year of age are routinely exposed to, but not normally affected by, clostridium botulinum spores.

Honey is safe to consume during pregnancy and lactation. While infants are susceptible to the disease, adults, including pregnant women, are not.

How do I re-liquefy crystallized honey?
All natural, raw honey contains enzymes. Consuming products with enzymes have many health benefits. However, enzymes are fragile; and therefore we recommend the following method to re-liquefy crystallized honey.

1) Place saucepan filled halfway with water on low heat, no warmer than 95 degrees.
2) Place jar of crystallized honey (without lid) in saucepan, careful to not overflow water into jar.
3) Allow warm water to gently warm honey back to liquid state. Stir honey occasionally to distribute warmth. Be sure to monitor the temperature of the water.

Note: Raw Honey does not spoil, therefore it can be stored anywhere. However, storing liquefied honey in a freezer slows the crystallizing process. Raw Honey will not freeze. Do not microwave raw honey as the temperature of the honey is hard to control in the microwave & you may risk killing the natural enzymes found in Raw Honey.