Honey in its Purest Form: Eating Raw Honeycomb
While you may know the many benefits of honey, you may not be aware of the sweetness that is raw honeycomb. Made of hexagonal cells that contain both beeswax and raw honey, honeycomb is produced by honeybees within the internal structure of their hives. Often referred to as “honey in its purest form,” honeycomb is golden, waxy, sticky, and delicious!
Similar in structure to other waxes, beeswax is full of long strands of lipids, or fats. The comb is completely safe to eat and contains small amounts of vitamin A. Because your body doesn’t breakdown beeswax, comb honey also provides good roughage for your system.
The honey contained in the comb may actually be more beneficial than regular honey, because it contains about 12% less water than liquid honey that’s been exposed to air, making it more concentrated. This “raw” honey is sealed in the wax cells of the honeycomb along with vitamins, enzymes, pollen, and antioxidants. Some studies even suggest that eating raw honeycomb can lower your bad cholesterol, raise your good cholesterol, and protect your liver.
And don’t worry, eating honeycomb is nothing like eating crayons or candles. The texture gives honey a pleasant body, producing a versatility its liquid form cannot provide on its own. While liquid honey is often absorbed by the other ingredients in a recipe, comb honey can hold its own. It can also be stored at room temperature for long periods of time, just like liquid honey.
Honeycomb honey doesn’t melt easily, but it does become soft and aromatic when gentle heat—like that of a fresh biscuit—is applied. Just be sure not to heat it above 115 degrees or the beneficial enzymes, antioxidants, and vitamins will be destroyed.
One of the most popular ways to eat comb honey is to spread a chunk of it over toast. It may need a little mashing, but it flattens easily. Restaurants often serve hors d’oeuvre consisting of a cracker covered with a piece of cheese—usually a cheddar or brie—topped with a small chunk of comb. There are numerous other ways to eat it—on a sandwich, over oatmeal, crumbled with goat cheese over a salad—but don’t take our word for it. Try out your favorite recipes with our Raw Wildflower Comb.
Our Raw Wildflower Comb is sure to be one of your favorites. Cut right out of the frame, our delicious honeycomb makes a great spread on fruit cheese or by itself. It’s certified kosher, non-GMO, and gluten free!
Georgia Honey Farm, located in the North Georgia Mountains, is committed to supplying you with the highest quality raw honey on the market for all your healthy-living needs. To find out more, explore our website or contact us at 470-268-7941.