The answer is yes! In fact, honey is the only food that does not spoil.
FUN FACT: In 2015, archaeologists have found pots of honey in an ancient tomb while excavating the pyramids in Egypt. The honey, dating back approximately 3,000 years, is the world’s oldest sample – and still perfectly edible!
What makes them so special?
- Raw honey is very high in sugar and low in moisture. The sweetness comes from the sugary secretions of plants which makes it easier to be digested by our metabolism.
- Raw honey contains antibacterial properties that prevent bacterial growth. It is so effective that honey is often used to treat infection, burns or wounds.
- During the production, bees secrete enzymes that help preserve the honey and retain its natural compound, which makes raw honey last for thousands of years.
So raw honey really doesn’t expire?
Yes, raw honey does not expire, but it may crystallise. If you store raw honey in the fridge, you would probably notice that they quickly become grainy. Even when stored properly, raw honey may change colour and becomes less clear, especially in the winter. This process, however, does not mean it has gone bad and does not affect the quality of the honey.
To liquidise, simply put your jar of honey in warm water (ideally 35-43 °C) and stir it until the grainy bits dissolved. Do not put crystallised honey in a microwave or boiling water as it may degrade its colour and flavour.
Lastly, despite its antimicrobial properties, honey can go bad when it’s contaminated, not stored properly or adultered with additive.