where’s the pollen? another good reason to buy local honey

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We heard some troubling news last week. A study from Food Safety News found that most of the stuff sold as honey on our grocery store shelves has been filtered so much that it no longer contains pollen. What?! Honey without pollen? Isn’t that why we buy honey in the first place, for all those antioxidants, nutrients and unique flavors. Also, as we read on ivillage.com, “without pollen, it is impossible to trace where honey comes from and guarantee its purity.”

Ever since our foray into beekeeping (that’s one of ours, above), we’ve have made a point of always buying honey at local markets. It’s also a great souvenir to bring back from travels. We’ve stocked up in the golden stuff from Martha’s Vinyard, Maine and California. During our recent visit down South, we stopped into a Savannah Bee Company store. After taste tasting their current offerings, we settled on a bottle of Sourwood, which has a rich, nutty flavor.

The good news from Food Safety News, is that honey from Trader Joe’s contained proper amounts of pollen. Just be sure to read those labels carefully when shopping elsewhere! — Angela M.

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Yes, that disturbed me too–there was also an earlier article about how many big brand honeys don’t have much honey in them, or have contaminated Chinese product in it. I’ve been buying local honey for a few years, it tastes so much better. I got honey from Block Island honey a few years ago (while on Block Island) and it was a revelation. I just bought Brooklyn honey at the Union Square Greenmarket yesterday! Mmmm…got the standard wildflower, and also a spreadable honey with cinnamon in it. Yum yum yum…now I just need to perfect baking challah bread and we have possibly the perfect snack. ;) I highly recommend Block Island blackberry blossom honey, but some types are seasonal.