In this second part of the Honey series, the Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA takes you into the home laboratories you can set up yourself to examine your honey and be able to ascertain whether it is natural or fake.
Having become conversant with all the great natural ingredients and healing effects that this ‘liquid gold’ offers, it becomes very important too that you should equally be equipped with the skills necessary for identifying your original pure and natural honey. This has become increasingly very important in that we know that many people have equally discovered that honey has a whole lot of economic as well as health importance; for this reason a lot of fakers and greedy quacks have also arisen in order to make inordinate profit from the lucrative business of the product of the bees.
Right in the comfort of your home there are many methods you can devise for testing the genuineness of honey; we will just deal with a few proven techniques. In looking at the various ways through which you can ascertain the purity or authenticity of any honey at all, you must also bear in mind that there are equally proven ways in which you are not to judge your honey, and we will start from that.
It is not by the ants
In as much as the scriptures have paid glowing tributes to the ways of the ants, this is not the time to tap into their ‘wisdom’. And so you are not to be misled by the ants when it comes to testing for the trueness of your honey because so many have erroneously been misled by this saying that ants do not go after genuine honey. But this is a great misconception; it is not from the experts. The truth is that whatever is sweet will forever attract insects especially ants for that matter.
Honey in water
If you drop a little quantity of natural honey into (a glass of) water it will not automatically dissolve; you will have to stir it vigorously first. Also, if you add say 2-3 drops of iodine to the mixture it will not turn blue either. These are both proven characteristics of original honey.
Honey has no moisture
Try dipping the head of a match stick into honey and keep it aside for some hours. After a few hours strike the match stick; if it lights up still, then you have an original honey, but if it does not it means your ‘honey’ has moisture in it and it is fake because natural honey contains no water in it.
Honey on paper
If you put some quantity of honey on a piece of paper and it forms some moisture around it, then it is adulterated. If it does not form moisture it is real honey.