1. Natural honey becomes thick over time, crystallizes, and fake honey mixed with syrup remains liquid. When buying honey, you can make a quick analysis: dissolve a tablespoon of honey in a glass of water. If the honey is good and natural, without the addition of sugar, starch, and syrup, the solution should be matt, but without sludge. If a precipitate is formed, it means that it is a fake honey.
2. If the honey is not natural, the bees are fed with sugar, the honey will smell of wax or there will be no odor. It is also white or light yellow, it does not taste good, or tastes too sweet.
3. If the bees are fed with sugar syrup, the honey will be bright.
4. The presence of starch in honey can be determined if in the honey we add a drop of liquid iodine. The fake honey will turn bluish.
When buying honey, be sure to follow the following instructions:
- Does the honey have a specific smell and taste, or does it fit into that variety?
- The color must also correspond to the sorts of natural honey.
- If it is too white, should it be doubted that it is not a honey with sugar additives? If the color is dark, and the honey is with a poor aroma or taste of caramel, means it is fake.
- Consistency must be dense, but not very much. At a temperature of 20 degrees centigrade or more, the honey must be wrapped in a spoon. If it is too liquid in the winter, it means it is fake.
- Be sure to look at the label that lists the standard, the variety, the type of honey, the time and place of collection. And also the name and address of the beekeeper. It is wise to ask the seller where and when the honey is collected, and from which plants.
- You should also look at the quality control card provided by the sanitary inspection.
- You should be aware that if you buy honey that is sold near a dense road, there may be an increased amount of leaded compounds and other substances that fall on the flowers and plants from the exhaust gases of the cars. With nectar and pollen, the lead comes in honey, which is dangerous to health.
- Do not buy honey on the street from strangers, however good the price is.