Honey is one of my pantry staples. I drizzle it on my son’s french toast and pancakes; I mix it with my warm lemon water on mornings; I pour it on my husband’s milk kefir to make sweet lassi. I even use it as a replacement for sugar in most of my recipes. And since cough medicines are not my option, this is the only thing I give my toddler whenever he’s down to colds and coughing– a teaspoon before bedtime and he sleeps peacefully.
Honey is certainly an old product that has won over my heart since time immemorial.
Now, I don’t know about you but I’m aware that most store honey isn’t really honey. I first learned this from my dad-in-law. He’s done bee farming and as a result, he’s able to check the purity of our honey at his own “home laboratory”. But Dad can’t be around every time. So I rely on my own gut when I choose a bottle from array of luring choices in the supermarket.
Unfortunately, I can’t look at a jar of honey and know that it is good or fake. Nor can I fully trust a label that says “pure honey”.
So what I used to do is head to Healthy Options or choose an expensive bottle from Rustan’s Supermarket to get a bigger chance of getting an authentic, good quality honey to feed my family. But don’t trust me here. The pricey, premium, artisanal honey contained in those opulent and even bear bottles? You might want to think twice before choosing based on price.
One investigation of our honey market discovered that around 75% of all our grocery-store honey was adulterated. And that there’s only two, let me repeat that in numerals, only 2 in our supermarket shelves pass the European honey directive (the holy grail of honey standards and certification and an important way for us consumers to know what we are getting). Basically, what the report is saying is that honey laundering is rampant in mommy wonderland.
All of this honey-monkey-business is no laughing matter. It’s putting our families, either as a health benefit or simply as an alternative sweetener, at risk. So, how do we protect ourselves?
From a mom to mom, here’s my honest recommendation:
Ever heard of Langnese brand?
If you haven’t heard or seen it on the shelves yet, it’s because it’s just been launched last week in the Philippine market. Caveat, I was invited to their launch but let me tell you something: I don’t just recommend this brand for their lemonades and invitation.
My first encounter of this honey was in 2006, in Munich. I can still remember spreading it on a warm bagel that blessed morning. It was love at first taste. It stuck in my memory clearly because it was so different from the taste of our local honey, superior to any honey I’ve tasted in my life.
Words aren’t enough to tell you my taste bud’s experience but you just gotta try it. You’ll know why I’ve been hooked ever since that I used to stock bottles and bottles in my pantry when I was living in Dubai.
But since moving back to Philippines, I can no longer find this brand after checking dozens of Manila supermarkets. It was sad because Langnese is the best-known and most-loved natural honey in Germany. And Germany is one of the toughest countries to attempt importing honey. They have very high standards and testing protocols. With this honey, I know it doesn’t only surpass strict requirements, it’s name is a seal of guarantee that nothing is added nor removed from it.
But there’s no more guessing for me starting this week. I urge you to do the same. Don’t feed yourself or your loved ones the pre-packaged honey from McDonald’s or coffee shops, nor buy the “Winnie the Pooh” kind as 100% of these samples had no traces of pollen. Another fake brand to avoid is CEM’s Honey, which is widely available in our supermarkets and grocery stores, and they come in different brand names and labels such as Superior Honey, Prime Brand Finest Honey, Dark Amber Tropical and many more. Be really really careful.
If you can afford it, look for Langnese. You wont miss it from the shelves with its patented signature bottles. I would risk to assure you that they are leaders in their field and that for the most part, their intention is to provide a consistent, high quality honey product.
I hope I helped you in your honey purchasing decision with my own preference and recommendation. Langnese is 100% guaranteed legit and good for you on several levels. Trust me.