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Our Quality Assurance

Our pure raw honey is 100% natural, fresh and ready to be enjoyed. We are so pleased to supply our vendors as soon as we extract our small batches of Eden's Honey from our hives. To learn more about our apiary growth and practices, please read below.

Eden's Honey Quality - It Begins with Sustainability (photo: apple orchard)

It Begins with Sustainability

We believe in the preservation of pollinators. This begins with healthy bees and protecting the natural resources around them on our Lake Chelan, Washington location.


This is the apple orchard above Eden’s Honey apiary (photos). Our happy bees collect from surrounding wildflowers and apple blossoms. Washington State receives adequate rain fall to keep Lake Chelan's environment flourishing.


Beekeeper Deb understands sound nutrition practices and feeds her bees probiotics, nutrition patties and even mushroom extract. In return, her bees not only pollinate the numerous apple orchards and area ornamental flowers, but they produce a beautiful and delicious light golden honey for all to enjoy.

Eden's Honey Quality - Flow® Hives

Flow® Hives

Our hives are Flow® Hives. Beekeeper Deb inspects the Flow boxes at certain points throughout the month/year. She nurtures the hives with organic farming practices all year long.  Here are our thriving  "Adam" and "Eve" hives (photos). To learn more about our hives, watch our videos.


Higher Quality 

The Flow method of harvesting allows for the honey to be removed directly from the comb without processing - no heating, no centrifuging, no blending, no filtering...it’s totally raw. With just the turn of the Flow Key and pure, fresh honey flows right out of the hive and into our larger jars. We usually do this method for special requests of a larger batch.


To learn more about Flow® Hives, please click here.

Eden's Honey Quality - Purity

Purity

Eden's Honey is 100% natural and pure. We do not add or extract anything from the honey itself. We do gently strain our raw honey to remove larger honeycomb components. A majority of small scale beekeepers need to strain out those huge pieces of wax. Letting the honey drip through a sieve under no pressure does no harm.  

Eden's Honey Quality - Extracting Small Batches

Extracting Small Batches

We supply our vendors as soon as we extract our small batches of Eden's Honey from our hives. Our honey seasons are short in Chelan, Washington. So, we craft our raw honey in small batches to accommodate the season and guarantee freshness. Our general peak season runs between April to September depending on the weather.


Raw honey is unique. Because each season different flowers may or may not produce that same amount of nectar as in previous year.  

It is not unusual to have one batch of honey that is very light in color and another very dark. Flavor and color will vary.


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Unfiltered vs. Filtered

What is the difference?

According to the National Honey Board, raw honey is "as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction." Also known as unfiltered. Although, as the least processed honey available, raw, unfiltered honey is only treated minimally. There is no current regulation for the label, so some raw honey may be more processed than others. All honey extracted from a hive undergoes some type of basic filtration by the beekeeper to remove larger solids.


According to USDA Grading Standards for extracted honey, filtered honey is honey that has been filtered to the extent that all or most of the fine particles, pollen grains, air bubbles and other materials normally found in suspension have been removed.  

 

Honey is filtered to remove extraneous solids that remain after the initial raw processing by the beekeeper. This may involve extreme heat. This creates clear and brilliantly transparent honey. 


* References/Resources for this page: https://www.honey.com/faq,   

https://www.livestrong.com/article/324328-what-is-raw-unfiltered-honey/

Storing Raw Honey

Helpful Tips

  • No refrigeration is needed – store at room temperature
  • Honey does not spoil – bacteria cannot live in honey due to its low moisture content
  • Store in a dry dark covered place to preserve its color and flavor
  • Keep the lid tightly sealed on the jar/container


Pure honey will last a long time. Although, it may become gritty (granulated/crystallized) over time but that is completely natural and it is still okay to eat.

This usually happens six months to a year after bottling (depending on the variety of the honey).


If you want to re-liquify gritty honey, simply place the jar in a pan of hot water and stir while gently heating it. Although, do not overheat it. Excessive heat may alter the flavor and color if the sugars begin to caramelize. Also, avoid the microwave as this can get too hot too quickly.


Everyone wants that perfect jar of golden honey and good storing goes a long way. 

"Adam" & "Eve" Hives

This is an early video of Beekeeper Deb's observations on "Adam" and "Eve" hives' progress. Our hives sit within our Lake Chelan garden. The bee colonies are happy here!

Healthy Apiary Practices

Beekeeper Deb caring for her bees with special nutrition to keep them thriving.

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