Frequently Asked Questions
What is Royal Bee Brothers?
Royal Bee Brothers is a 100% family run sustainable artisan family business, got hooked on the magical world of the honey bee and the incredible product that comes from it and surrounding. We are into harvesting of multiple type of forest honey and many more natural products. We focus on producing honey straight from the hive as natural as it comes, nothing added just filtered through a fine gauze cotton cloths. We do not use any mechanical plant and machinery, our all product are handmade and handcrafted.
Who all are your helping hand?
We have dedicated team of honey harvester who use to visit forests across India to harvest the forest honey. We are also working with tribes and local cooperative societies to harvest the regional and local flora forest honey. Women specially from urban areas of India have long been underestimated and underutilized in many societies. These women are masters in making ethnic Indian traditional pickles, Jams, Vinegar, Ayurvedic Kadha, Gulkand, Handicraft items, Sweets and have good understanding of locally grown herbs and medicinal plants.
Now, through hard work, commitments, and localized training initiatives, Royal Bee Brothers is taking help of these women entrepreneurs for procurement, manufacturing and packaging of the products. We support local charities and communities and recently funded a women cooperative society-based start-up to bring the traditional India Pickles, Vinegar and many more items in the market.
Where do you get your honey from?
We harvest our all type of honey from forest and mountain foothills region. We are working with locals who are staying within and nearby areas of forests, traditional honey hunters and local cooperative societies. Our resources with the help of these associations use to harvest the forest honey.
What is difference between honey of Royal Bee Brothers and other branded/supermarket honey ?
Royal Bee Brothers honey are produce of non-captive wild honey bees such as Apis Dorsata, Apis Laboriosa, Apis Cerana etc. Most of these honey bees are very aggressive in nature and they use to naturally build their nests high on the trees and cliffs of rocks etc.
Wild Honeybees use to roam nearby areas, collects the nectar of forest flower and produces honey. This type of honey is having very high nutritional value. Taste and color of honey use to get change in every 2-4 months' time due to change in seasonal flower of the region. Our honey is harvested from pollution free and pesticide from areas and its raw, unprocessed without deep filtration.
Other branded/supermarket honey
Almost all the branded honey in India is produce of captive honeybees (Apis Mellifera) which is also known as Italian honeybee. Beekeepers use to domesticate them in bee boxes as shown in below given images. Beekeepers keeps these bee box near crop field such as mustard etc. These honeybees use to collects the nectar from the flower of these field crops and produces honey. As we are aware that farmers use to spray pesticide etc in the field crops time to time so honey produces from the nectar of these field crops are not good for health.
Also, most of the branded honey are processed in factory and plants which use to go through multiple layer of heating and deep filtration. Heating destroys the nutritional values of honey and deep filtration remove the traces of the natural pollen and wax.
Are you regulated by any official bodies ?
We have been certified by FSSAI and our all products have been tested in NABL accredited (Govt. of India) certified lab. Most of our honey are organic certified from PQC and they are marked "organic" in the product name.
What is Raw honey?
Raw honey is honey that has not been processed or pasteurized in any way. It is cold extracted straight from the hive. Most importantly it is free from antibiotics and has not been infused with any additional flavorings or sweeteners.
Commercially available honey is usually heavily processed, pasteurized and heated to make it more appealing for the customer. Commercially bought honey may also be blended with other low quality honey. These processes destroy all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes that the honey contains. Pasteurization also reduces honey’s nutritional value, benefits and quality.
Therefore, we test all of our honey in certified laboratory to meet the high quality standards of raw honey. This way we can ensure the honey is real and preserves all of its natural beneficial qualities.
Is raw honey safe to eat?
Yes, raw honey is safe to eat for everyone except infants under the age of 12 months and those with honey allergies.
Why is raw honey not suitable for children under 1 year of age?
Raw honey is full of different minerals, nutrients and vitamins that have natural healing properties. In addition, honey may also carry non-toxic and friendly bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. However, as children under 1 year of age are more sensitive to whole environment there is a risk of this bacteria surviving in infant’s stomach. Once there is no risk, raw honey is fully recommended to be used by children. Scientific researches has shown that children had better blood system and skin color. Additionally, the research has showed that children were less prone to illnesses due to stronger immune system. Fun fact is that babies on raw honey diet cried less too.
Is raw honey considered as antiseptic?
Medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world's oldest medical literature. being a natural antiseptic, it is one of the greatest properties of Honey. It naturally contains H2O2 which has been considered as mild antiseptic and used on skin to prevent minor infection, cuts and burn. H2O2 kills yeasts, fungi, bacteria, virus and mold spores. The acidic property of honey comes from this natural H2O2, the lower pH balances the oxygen and healing compounds to a wound. When H2O2 comes in contact with heat, it releases its extra oxygen molecule and converted into H2O (water). This is one of the main reason why unheated and unprocessed has been considered as best for health.
I bought the same honey twice, but it does not taste the same, why is it?
Honey is a 100% pure and natural product. Some harvests may be different from year to year depending on the weather conditions. This means that honey will have slightly different organic properties (it may be sweeter or have a stronger taste). Honey is a product offered by nature and bees. Human naturally cannot modify its taste.
Which is your best honey?
The taste of honey directly depends on the flower foraged by the honeybee. Just like wine, there is an incredible and huge variety of flavors and colors in honey, depending on its origin. There is a forest honey suitable for each and every taste and use, as all the flavors of nature are found among the great palette of honeys. For example, Raktbeej Honey is very thick and near to black color with its woody and slightly medium sweet taste will be perfect with milk, bread and fruit salad. Tribal forest honey, which is mild and mellow, goes naturally and softly well with lemon and lukewarm water or taken directly. We wish you to come and discover all this spectrum of tastes, and thus offer a wide range of honeys in order to satisfy each palate: Multi Flora, Deep Forest, Tribal Forest, Raktbeej, Essence of Seven Sisters, Ban Phula and Tropical Forest honey! You will definitely find the honey that suits you!
High price honey means better quality honey?
Price is not a quality criterion, but it reflects the scarcity of the product, as well as potential harvesting difficulties.
Why does my herbal tea change color when adding honey?
Forest honey contains microscopic humus particles in varying quantities that the wind carries and blows onto the nectar of flowers. These particles entail a more or less significant coloring reaction when in contact with the tannin of the plants contained in certain herbal teas. This reaction is absolutely harmless and is totally natural.
Does honey contain fewer calories than sugar?
Yes, honey contains much fewer calories than sugar. On the one hand, it is mainly made of fructose and glucose (natural sugars) whereas sugar is made of sucrose. On the other, honey has a higher sweetening power than sugar, allowing you to use less honey in your tea, herbal tea or milk.
Why are certain honeys sweeter than others?
There is a honey to suit every taste as in the whole range of honeys lie all the flavors of nature. Certain honeys are sweeter than others because the flowers foraged were not the same. Others will not be as sweet because their bitterness somewhat ‘conceals’ their sweetness.
What is your other product derived from the Honey Hive?
We have Honey Gulkand, Honey Cider Vinegar, Honey Jamun Vinegar, Honey Soap, Candle, Honey Chocolate, Honey Sauces, Honey Jam, Pollen, Honey Face-Mask etc.
Why does honey keep changing in taste, colour, thickness etc ?
It depends on the type of tree & flower the bees gather the nectar from. Every different species of tree will produce nectar with different characteristics to another species.
What is Honeydew or Tree Honey ?
Honeydew Honey is known as India's own Manuka Honey. Honeydew honey is known to be one of the most unique, most intriguingly exotic honeys in the world. In India, when we think of honey, most of us assume that honey made from floral sources (blosson nectar). Generally, honey bee collects the various type of flower nectar, mixed with "bee enzyme" which is secreted from the bee's glands and produces honey. So when we are saying it is Mustard Honey, Jamun Honey, eucalyptus honey or litchi honey so here we are saying that honey bees has collected the nectar of mustard flower and produces mustard honey similarly nectar of Jamun flower has been collected by honey bees to produce Jamun honey etc.
However, some of the Indian forest in Himanchal and Jammu & Kashmir has been considered as a good source of non-floral honey which is known as "Honeydew Honey" or also known as "Tree Honey". Honey bees harvest the Tree Honey or Honeydew from the leaves, bark of trees, leaves and sap producing trees. There are some tiny insects eat the tree’s sap, and then poo this liquid that we can see on leaves or barks. Honeybees collects these liquid from trees to produce honey.
Some of the most common sap producing trees are Pine, Oak, Poplar, Peach, Beech etc. Honeydew is lesser known is India, however, it is very popular in U.S. and Europe. Honeydew is a sticky liquid, high in sugar content, high viscosity, dark brown in color, rich in amino acid, high in both peroxide and non-peroxide types of antibacterial effects and more effective antibacterial activity than both Kanuka and Manuka honey, which are used as medical-grade honeys. Contact us for more details.
Why is your honey more expensive than other branded honey?
Because our honey is not producing of captive Italian honeybees and it is raw, unprocessed and unheated honey full of beneficial nutrients.
Why has my liquid honey turned into set/ crystallizes?
Some honey crystallizes with time, it depends on the climate temperature and nectar of the flower used by honeybees to produce honey. Also, some raw honeys crystallize faster than other raw honeys because of the ratio of natural sugars (fructose and glucose) present in the honey. To turn your crystallized honey into liquid honey again, simply store it in a warm place or place on top of a sealed container of hot water until it softens.
What is shelf life of honey?
Honey never really goes off as it contains a high amount of glucose and fructose. We print best before dates on all our packaging and recommend that the honey is consumed before this date. The best before or expiry date on a honey package is a legal requirement. In India, consumer law requires honey to have a best before date having said this if honey is stored in airtight food grade container it can last indefinitely. That is why the honey found in the pyramids was still edible!
What type of packaging do you use?
We use virgin glass bottles that are 100% recyclable.
Is it fine to use raw honey for cosmetic purpose such face mask etc?
Produce of bee honey hive such as honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis and wax has used for cosmetic and medicinal purpose since ancient days. Raw honey which contains natural wax and pollen is incredible for skin, it opens and unclogs skin pores and hydrates even the driest of skin. Raw honey not only retain the moisture but also helps balance the good bacteria on your skin, prevent early signs of aging, improve radiance and leaves skin very smooth. Unheated & unprocessed raw honey naturally contains H2O2 which is a great antiseptic and helps in skin cell's healing processes and reduces inflammation. It has been considered that dark and high viscosity (thick honey such as our Raktbeej forest honey) is great for skin in comparison to light color and low viscosity (thin) honey. Read More
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