Raw vs Filtered Honey

Raw honey is minimally heated to reverse crystallization and strained to remove foreign materials such as honeycomb, beeswax, and larger particles of natural debris. Frequently, raw honey is described as “unfiltered.” If pollen is present in honey, it is more likely to be found in raw honey than filtered honey. For raw honey, look for minimally processed bulk and retail Moorland Apiaries offerings.

Filtered honey is heated to reverse crystallization and reduce bacterial growth. It is processed through a filter press to remove more foreign material than the straining process. Dutch Gold offerings are filtered to delay crystallization allowing for a longer liquid shelf life.


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  • kjh060672 Posted July 21, 2018 3:03 pm

    Would raw honey have a potential to release histamines during fermentation as a result of the increased levels of pollen present?

    • Dutch Gold Posted July 23, 2018 8:37 am

      To our knowledge, honey does not have the ability to release histamines

  • Timothy Posted August 2, 2018 4:00 pm

    Are Dutch Gold honeys raw? I’m surprised I didn’t see this in the FAQs.

    • Dutch Gold Posted August 3, 2018 6:59 am

      Hi there! We do offer a Raw Clover and a Raw Wildflower in 60 lb pails.

  • Mat Posted October 29, 2018 12:35 pm

    You say your filtered honey is heated minimally does this mean it is not pasteurized? I am looking for honey that hasn’t been pasteurized.

    • Dutch Gold Posted November 5, 2018 9:02 am

      Hi Mat! We heat our honey in order to filter our any foreign material, such as honeycomb, bee parts and to slow the rate of honey’s natural tendency to crystallize.

      If minimally heated honey is what you’re looking for, I’d point you to our Moorland Clover or Moorland Wildflower honeys.

  • Linnea Stouffer Posted November 29, 2018 11:24 pm

    Looking for 5 gallon bucket raw unpasteurized honey for making mead. Does your honey qualify as raw AND unpasteurized?

    • Dutch Gold Posted November 30, 2018 8:00 am

      Hi there! We offer 60 lb pails of our Moorland Raw Clover and Wildflower honeys. Our raw honey is minimally heated to 140 degrees and run through a strainer in order to remove any foreign material and helps slow down honey’s natural tendency to crystallize.

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