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THE ORIGINS OF OUR ORGANIC HONEY

Our organic honey is produced by a beekeeper located in Provence, a beautiful region, between gorges du Verdon and Côte d’Azur. Our beekeeper is located in CORRENS, a Provence village where everything 100% organic is produced.

ARNAUD places his hives on the Valensole plateau in the Alpes de Haute Provence in  Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region. They are surrounded by lavenderfields, above the Verdon. Arnaud only uses organic products and no chemicals. Unlike some beekeepers who do not hesitate to use chemicals to eradicate diseases for better profitability!

In order for  honey to be labeled “organic”, bees must forage in an area known as “non pollution”. This zone is characterized by the assurance of a minimum of 50% without pollution within a radius of three kilometers around the hives. This is the radius of movement of the bees.

Arnaud’s organic honey benefits from the IGP “Miel de Provence” (Protected Geographical Indication) designation. This European certification is strict, carried out by an independent body.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE AN AUTHENTIC HONEY OF A FALSE HONEY

What we call fake honey is an artificial honey that has been altered by chemicals. It is added invert sugar, starch, flour, glucose, corn syrup, dextrose or other. We are far from the nectar of flowers harvested, processed and stored by our friends bees to preserve absolutely. You want to know how to recognize a true honey of a fake?  “Learn more”

Some tips to detect a true organic honey of a false organic honey

  • Light a cotton swab with fire and dip it in your organic honey. If your organic honey is authentic, it will burn.
  • Place your organic honey in a bowl in the microwave for 40 seconds. If your organic honey is authentic, it will turn into caramel. On the other hand, if your organic honey is a fake, it will become sparkling.
  • Dilute your organic honey in water. If your organic honey sinks to the bottom of your glass, your organic honey is authentic. On the other hand, the false organic honey will dissolve very easily.
  • Put some of your organic honey on a sheet of paper and see if your organic honey keeps the same shape without wetting the paper. If it does not wet your sheet of paper, is your organic honey authentic! In contrast, a false organic honey wets the paper
  • Pure organic honey is filled with enzymes including glucose oxidase that removes water from your organic honey. Your organic honey will crystallize and become thicker after a period of storage. On the contrary, a false organic honey will always keep the same aspect regardless of the storage period.

HOW DO BEES MANUFACTURE ORGANIC HONEY?

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First, the workerbees will harvest nectar which is a sweet liquid found in the flowers. They bring it back to the hive and give it to other workers by trophallaxia, that is by passing it from mouth to mouth. These then make it pass several times between their mouths and their jabot. Then they pass it on to other workers and so on. After being mixed with the saliva of many bees, the nectar, which is already transformed, is deposited in the cells. These are the kinds of wax boxes that make up the rays of the hive. There, with the heat, the organic honey dries a little (the water evaporates) and when it is just right the bees close the alveolus. They will come for this honey when they need it to feed their larvae, to feed in the winter or when the weather prevents them from going out.

WHAT IS A ORGANIC HONEY?

Organic honey is a sweet substance made by bees using the nectar of flowers. Made with more than 80% carbohydrates, organic honey is a food rich in energy and relatively pure. In fact, there are mainly two sugars: fructose and glucose, two simple sugars that require no digestion before absorption and are easily and directly assimilated by the body.

THE BENEFITS OF ORGANIC HONEY FOR OUR HEALTH

Probiotic effect

Probiotics are carbohydrates that can not be assimilated by our body. They play a role in the balance of intestinal microflora. Organic honey may have a pro-biotic effect on the human body. It would improve the growth, activity and viability of the bifidobacteria and lactobacilli of the intestinal microflora. These bacteria are important for good health.

Antioxidant effect

Organic honey is a important source of antioxidants. The majority of these antioxidants are flavonoids. These interact in the neutralization of free radicals in the body. They thus prevent the appearance of cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers and certain neurodegenerative diseases. The amount and type of flavonoids found in organic honey vary by flower source. In general, darker organic honeys, such as sunflower and buckwheat, contain higher amounts of flavonoids than lighter organic honeys. They therefore have a greater antioxidant capacity. Moreover, for the same quantity, organic honey has an antioxidant power equivalent to that of most fruits and vegetables. But it is rare that we consume the same amount of vegetables / fruits and organic honey . However, the assimilation of these flavonoids by the human body having been very little studied and further research is necessary.

Antibacterial effect

An important antibacterial effect is given by Some characteristics of organic honey. This is for example its low pH, its high viscosity which limits the dissolution of oxygen and its low protein concentration. You can prevent and treat minor gastrointestinal conditions such as inflammation or gastric ulcer by using organic honey. In fact, the latter would reduce the adhesion of bacterial cells to the epithelial cells of the intestine, which would prevent bacteria from becoming fixed and proliferating. In addition, it makes use of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Better sweetener

Organic honey contains substantially the same amount of sugar or calories as other sweetening agents (white sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup). But because of its higher sweetening power, organic honey is an interesting choice because it is consumed in smaller quantities. Also, organic honey has a lower glycemic index. In fact, organic honey remains a better choice for people with diabetes.