Honey, this sweet-smelling drink proved to be very beneficial to human health. All genres of medical science such as western, eastern and Arab medicine strongly recommend honey to maintain health or help cure the disease. In fact, not infrequently even traditional medicine recommends beverages collected by these bees.
That’s why honey is now a commodity that sold well in the market. Almost everyone needs it. Whereas the total production of honey may be relatively limited. Because of this lucrative market, some entrepreneurs or sellers are attracted to misbehavior by faking it.
Before discussing how to distinguish real or fake honey. It is better to know in advance the characteristics of each type of honey.
What is the Criterion of Real and Fake Honey?
Obviously, if you ask about real honey, everyone will answer the pure honey from the flower nectar fermentation without any mixture. Are you asking how the honey criteria? The explanation may be a bit longer because of this falsification of so many variations. The honey forgery is more or less like this:
Done by adding the volume of the original honey with fake honey. Fake honey can be produced from a mixture of water and sugar Java which will be mixed with the original honey so that will increase the volume.
Usually done by changing the water content of honey that was high, then lowered by heating so that the water content decreases. If it has decreased the viscosity of honey will increase so it will look like the original
What makes this type of honey can be said is a real fraud, because the honey actually comes from artificial sweeteners or sugar Java so there is no element of the bee flower nectar.
How to Distinguish Real and Fake Honey?
Well, once you know the mode of forgery, now it’s time you know how to distinguish honey that you buy is original or just fake. I differentiate it into three stages. Stage before purchase, after purchase and advanced inspection
Before buying make sure you pay attention to the top of the honey. Does it look clear or there are brown deposits? If you find the precipitate, it is likely that the honey is not pure anymore. This condition can be detected if the honey has been silenced for some time.
After that Beat the honey-filled bottle, if there is a little froth means honey is genuine. The original honey has gone through the process of fermentation in the house of the bees, so if the shake will produce gas, this gas that causes froth, therefore gas will press the bottle cap up, so that if the opening will cause sound.
See there expiry no? It is said that the original honey has no expiration, so if you find honey with an expired date label even with a short expiry date the possibility of honey is false because it has been mixed with preservatives.
Real and fake honey can be distinguished by feeling it. Original honey has a distinctive flavor that can not be imitated by fake honey. Original honey has a naturally sweet taste and does not feel sour throat. Sometimes fake honey creates itching and discomfort in the throat, it is caused by mixed ingredients that are mixed into the fake honey. The weakness of this method is very difficult to distinguish for those who do not yet know the characteristics of honey. Because for beginner fans, all the flavor of honey is the same, that is sweet
Pouring Honey in Water
Pour the honey into a glass of water. If the honey is the original honey will soon fall into the glass, while if fake honey tends to spread and make the water turbid, Honey has a strong coagulation power/attraction is not a fake. Because the same cause when poured the original honey is not interrupted while false honey fall falls.
To be sure, you can stir up a mixture of honey and water. Let stand for 20 minutes then see the result. If at the bottom of the glass there is a fine grain deposit of yellowish honey is genuine. The sediment is a pollen bee or flower pollen, while if the color of the sediment is brown, it is possible that the honey is genuine because the brown precipitate is the dregs of sugar.
Forming a Hexagonal Pattern
Maybe this is a magical way to distinguish real or fake honey. Because it is scientifically provable. To see it, drop a few drops of honey into the dish. After that pour a few spoons of water, then shake a few times. If the honey is genuine, it will appear to form a hexagonal pattern or bee house pattern. If the honey is a fake will not form a similar pattern.
Dripping on Paper
Put honey on the paper surface, can use HVS paper or newsprint. Original honey will be long through the paper, it takes a few minutes to penetrate. If the honey is fake for a few seconds it will pierce the paper. The reason is the moisture content in the honey. Fake honey has a lot of water content, then the honey will be easily absorbed into the pores of the paper. Need to know the original honey has only the largest water content of 20% because it is difficult to penetrate the paper pores.
Pouring Over the Egg Yolks
If you want a little capital, you can use chicken eggs or raw duck eggs. Pour honey over the egg yolks, then the eggs will be coagulated and look like cooked. The process of maturation is caused because honey contains acid, and eggs contain proteins that when mixed will clot and look like cooked. If you feel the egg is like it was in cooking. I was reminded of the STMJ drink. Maybe it was mad that made the egg in the drink not smell fishy anymore.
Heat the honey you will check into the furnace with a fire that is not too big. When it will boil the original honey will bubble bubbling air. Distinguish from fake honey, not bubbles that an in arbitrage, but the foam as characteristic of sugar water when in cooking.