How to Verify the Purity of Honey
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Fake and impure honeys have become commonplace in the market today, despite many people’s preference for 100% bee-produced honey. Unfortunately, unless you live in the European Union or Florida, you may not be able to trust “pure honey” labels. Because of the wide variety of honeys and the large number of sugar syrups or other ingredients that unscrupulous manufacturers dilute it with, no single home test is completely successful. Use several of these tests if possible to obtain a good guess about whether or not your honey is pure.
Set fire to a cotton pad or candle wick dipped in honey. This test only checks for added water in the honey, which may prevent the honey from burning. Dip a cotton pad or the cotton wick of a candle into a bit of the honey, and shake off the excess. Attempt to light the cotton pad or wick. If it burns easily, then it probably has no added water, but may or may not have other substances added. If it refuses to burn or makes a cracking sound instead, water may have been added.
Drop honey on blotting paper or a paper towel. If honey has been diluted with water, it may be absorbed or leave a wet mark on an absorbent material such as blotting paper. Pure honey should not be absorbed, but unfortunately neither will honey diluted with most sugar syrups.
Here are another three more tests:
#1 The Thumb Test.
Pour a little dab of honey on your thumb and see if it sticks. If it does, that’s real honey — fake honey will run.
#2 The Water Test.
You can also test honey using a glass of water. Add a tablespoon of honey to the glass and see if it dissolves or sinks to the bottom. If it sinks, it’s real honey!
#3 The Fire Test.
Real honey is also flammable — stick a dry match in it and then try to light it. If it’s fake, it won’t spark thanks to the amount of moisture in it.