Here are 5 basic tips on how to identify a pure and unadulterated honey as per my awful experience and the mini test that I’ve carried out over the years.
1: THE LOOK TEST: the first thing to observe about real or fake honey is the way it looks. A real honey is often darker in colour; looks darker brown compared to the fake one.
2. THE FEEL TEST: Apart from how it looks, a real honey is thicker and not sticky at all. If you rub some on your palm or thumbs and press it, if it spills or spreads on your thumb immediately, then it’s not pure.
A pure honey will stay intact. In fact, you can test further by placing a few drops of honey on a paper, a cloth or even on sand.
Because pure honey does not contain water, it will not absorb instantly or leave any wet stain on the surface.
3. TASTE TEST! Before you buy that next honey, taste it! Fake honey tastes extremely sweet but lacks the natural richness and flavours of the real honey.
Also, fake honey can never give you that “tingling” feel that the pure one can give just before swallowing behind your mouth.
There’s this burning sweet sensation you’ll feel immediately you taste it unlike the other one that feels like ordinary sugar water.
4. WATER TEST: I’m sure a lot of you are already familiar with this test because this is one of the simplest pure honey tests out there.
All you have to do is to get an empty glass, drop one or two tablespoon of the honey and add some water. Now, wait for some few seconds to check for reaction.
If your honey is pure, it will never dissolve easily. Instead, it will form a pattern and stick together at the bottom of the glass. On the hand, if it’s adulterated, it will instantly start dissolving in water
5. THE FLAME TEST: this is also one of the most popular method to check for authenticity. In this technique, take your honey and try to burn with a match sticks or better still, just dip the match stick in a bit of the honey and strike the stick against the box.
Fake honey will never light because it contains some moisture substance. But if it burns instantly, then be rest assured that you have the good one.
Lastly, keep your honey in the refrigerator and it would never freeze if it’s pure.