Recently, we were asked about the white bubbles that sometimes appear on the surface of our honey jars.
Honey foam may be one of the most surprising things about the appearance of raw honey.
Raw honey will crystallize over time and will usually have a slight layer of white foam on the surface, marble-like swirling or white spots in the upper sides of the jar. This is caused by air bubbles that have risen to the top. It is a sign that the honey has been packed without heating.
White foam is often greeted with the words: “What’s that white stuff on top?” If you find the white foam in your honey jar, consider yourself lucky.
Honey foam is delicious. It is light, flavourful, and packed with air bubbles that have trapped some of the wondrous stuff that is in raw honey: pollen, propolis, wax, and, of course, raw honey.
What you’re looking at is ‘honey foam,’ which is a result of the tiny air bubbles in the honey escaping to the top. This is due to air bubbles trapped in the honey during processing and packaging. When the packaged honey rests, the air bubbles work their way up to the top of the container, creating the foam.
What are other ways to recognise a good quality honey?
- 🐝Honey consistency
Real raw honey is usually much thicker than processed or fake honey; it takes time for honey to move from one side of the jar to another. Fake honey is usually very runny.
- 🐝Read the label
Real honey’s ingredient list should only read 100% honey, no additives or added favours.
- 🐝Honey smell
Real honey’s aroma is usually quite strong; you can almost smell the flowers. Fake honey has no smell whatsoever.
- 🐝Use water to test it
Pour water into a glass, place a spoon of honey in the glass of water. Gently shake the glass. If the honey starts to dissolve and mix with the water, it’s not pure honey, if the honey forms a small lump and sinks to the bottom of the glass, it is a sign of a good quality honey.
Do you want to know more about the differences between raw honey and processed honey? Click here and read one of our dedicated blog posts.
Final thoughts? As with everything, always read the labels, focus on origin of honey and choose wisely ♥