What is Mawsynram Honey?
Natural honey that is directly collected from the dense forests of Mawsynram where the flora is in abundance. Our Mawsynram honey is provided to us by our partnered beekeeper, Kong Elvira who hails from Thieddieng village in Mawsynram.
How Are the Bees Reared?
The people in the village use traditional beehives to rear the bees. They make use of wooden logs called ‘Ksing’ where the bees reside. The bees are collected from the dense forests and are kept inside the ‘Ksing’ for a few months.
The beehives are checked from time to time to ensure that they are busy and working and that the surrounding area is clean and healthy.
Besides the traditional beehive or ‘Ksing’, boxes that are provided by the government are also used but they are not that durable so, Kong Elvira have constructed cement covers for the boxes that last them for many years.
Where Do Bees Collect Their Nectar From?
There are a variety of flowers that grows in the forests that the bees love as they provide enough nectar to them. There is a flower known as “syntiew ngap” that the bees love to feed on during the summers. Apart from these flowers, there are also plenty of orange trees and chestnut trees around the forest that the bees love to collect their nectar from.
Why Does the Texture of the Honey Differ With Every Batch?
The colour and texture of the honey depend on different seasons, the pollen and different flowers that the bees collect the honey from and also on the age of the honeycomb. Usually, the honey collected during the month of May is lighter in colour while the honey collected in November is thicker and has a more brownish-orange colour.
Why Does Pure Raw Honey Undergo Crystallization Process?
If your honey bottle is solidified or has a creamy texture. It means you are witnessing a natural process called “Crystallization” which is perfectly normal for raw and pure honey.
It is a natural and uncontrolled process that happens when the glucose (or sugar content) in honey loses water and takes the form of crystals which is due to change in temperature. Other kinds of honey that are available in the market undergo a heating process known as pasteurization to maintain the consistency of the honey. This method can make it stay liquified for a long period, but it reduces the nutrients in it. So, observing a sign of crystallization in your honey indicates that it is not processed and is raw.
Phases of crystallization:
The different phases of crystallization of raw and pure honey at room temperature (20° C -22° C) are as follows.
Just after its filling- The honey has a warm, smooth and drippy consistency with a clear golden-brown colour.
After a week- The colour of the honey gets a little darker and its consistency becomes thick and sticky.
After two weeks- During the second week, the honey tends to attain a dull brown colour and becomes thick and this is when it starts crystallizing.
After 3 weeks- During the third week, you can actually see the signs of crystallization in your bottle. The colour of the honey becomes a lighter shade of brown with some white formation on it. The honey gets really thick with a semisolid texture.
After 4 weeks- You will really observe the difference during this week. The honey attains a light brown colour with some white tints. The texture becomes very thick, but you will still see some liquid in it.
After 6 weeks- During this phase, the honey turns into a creamy texture with an off-white colour. The consistency becomes extremely thick and it will not have a flow.
After 7 weeks- The honey becomes completely crystallized and will be buff coloured with a solid creamy texture. You will observe crystals like the formation of the natural sugars in it. A spoon will be needed to scoop it as this crystallized honey will not easily flow.
How to decrystallize honey?
To turn your crystallized honey into liquid again, a gentle heat technique is followed.
- Boil water in a container and remove it from heat.
- Place the jar of honey in it making sure the water does not reach the top of the jar.
- The honey slowly liquefies. Repeat the process if the honey is still solidified.
- The jar can also be kept under the sun until it liquefies.
Note: It is not recommended to microwave raw honey or to put it in direct heat as this may destroy some of its essential nutrients.
What Is the Shelf-life of Mawsynram Honey?
Mawsynram raw honey does not expire but the crystallization process can change the colour and taste of the honey which is a natural process that can easily be resolved.
Our Mawsynram Honey has a beautiful golden-brown colour with a smooth and thick consistency. It is extremely flavorful with a mild citrus flavour filled with a refreshing aroma.
What’s Special About Mawsynram Honey?
- Zizira’s Mawsynram Honey is pure, natural, raw and unprocessed. It has been tested free of artificial additives, colouring agents or preservative. Its colour & flavour depends directly on the source (various flowers) of the nectar.
- Obtained from the traditional beekeepers of Meghalaya with years of indigenous knowledge, Zizira's pure Mawsynram Honey is obtained from sun-soaked pollens and nectar collected by bees during summers and winters.
- The beekeepers plant the flowers that the bees love or place the hive in a habitat filled with a variety of flowers and trees. Hence the flavour of this honey comes from these flowers that grow naturally around the bee's nest.
- Rainfall and micro-climate affect the flowers growing every season which gives the honey a unique identity.
- Local folks from Meghalaya love this honey for its delightful taste and for its multiple all-around uses.
Health Benefits of Mawsynram Honey
A good source of antioxidants- It contains many plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. These antioxidants help in protecting the cells of the body from getting damaged. Consuming antioxidant-rich foods may help in reducing the risk of rare diseases.
Antibacterial and antifungal properties- These properties in it helps in killing unwanted bacteria that enters the body. It contains a substance in it that acts as an antiseptic.
Helps in healing wounds- Raw honey is effective in killing germs and aid in repairing tissues. It will enhance the healing time and lower risk of infections.
Soothes sore throat- It is an old remedy that helps in relieving sore throat. It also helps in suppressing cough.
Treating diarrhoea- Raw honey helps in reducing the symptoms of diarrhoea as it soothes the effect of digestions. It will help in treating mild diarrhoea in both children and adults. It helps in nourishing the good bacteria that are present in the intestines which are not only beneficial for digestion but our overall health.
Useful in weight management- Honey may help in burning out body fats even while sleeping. It will help in increasing the metabolism which in turn helps in reducing weight.
Protecting the brain- Honey has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory activities in it that is beneficial for the brain. It protects it from damage caused by exposure to lead and some of the constituents in it also helps in fighting inflammation in the brain.
Nutritious- Honey contains various nutrients in it that makes it a healthy addition to your diet. The nutrition in it varies with the environments and depends on the types of flowers the bees collect their nectar from. But it still contains healthy compounds such as amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins in it. Honey also contains natural sugars which makes it a healthier option than sugar.
Increase athletic performance- Honey is good or is even better than glucose, sugar or water in boosting the energy of athletes. It helps in maintaining glycogen (helps in storing energy) levels and helps in improving recovery time as compared to other sweeteners.
Honey is better than sugar for diabetics- Honey increases blood sugar levels less as compared to sugar and it may also lower inflammation, fat levels and bad cholesterol, it is possibly a healthier option for people with diabetes but it should still be consumed with caution.
Health benefits of Honey
Risks of consuming Raw Honey
Raw honey sometimes contains bacterial spores in it which can cause botulism poisoning that can lead to paralysis. But this condition is rare among older children and adults.
Due to this particular reason, raw honey should be avoided by infants below the age of 2, expecting and lactating mothers as well as elderly people.
How to Use Mawsynram Honey?
Whether you are preparing a garnish or topping a cheesecake, Zizira’s Mawsynram honey is a seamless compliment. Whichever way you use this honey, it will tingle your taste buds.
Here are 10 ways you can use Mawsynram Honey
Honey citrus syrups for soothing sore throat and cold- Mix a tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of lemon juice together and consume it daily for soothing sore throat and cold.
Ginger honey for stomach issues- Mix a tablespoon of honey with half a teaspoon of ginger powder or ginger juice together. You can add this to your teas or consume it directly to get relief from stomach issues.
Honey as a moisturizer for cracked heels- Warm two tablespoons of honey and add one tablespoon of milk to it. Gently mix it and add 1 teaspoon of orange juice/lemon juice to it. Mix it properly and apply it on the affected area massaging it for a few minutes and leaving it for 45 minutes and rinse. Do this twice a day for better results.
Honey and brown sugar for dry skin- The texture of brown sugar makes it ideal for the removal of dead skin. Mix 1 teaspoon of brown sugar with a tablespoon of honey along with a few drops of olive oil/coconut oil to it. Apply this mixture on your skin and gently massage for a few minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.
Honey and coconut water for sore muscles- Coconut water helps in dehydration which is the main reason for sore muscles. Adding a teaspoon of honey to it with a few drops of lemon juice will increase the effect of coconut juice and helps in overcoming dehydration.
Honey and turmeric for oral ulcers- Mixing a teaspoon of honey and ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder together and applying this mixture to sore gums may help in relieving it from pain.
Honey mask for oily hair- This mask incorporates an egg yolk and a tablespoon of honey. Mix them together and apply this all over your hair from roots to tips. Leave it for 1 hour and rinse it with warm water.
Honey spread- Snack it from the jar and use it as a spread on bread, buns or slices of cakes.
Honey drizzle- Drizzle the honey over your favourite desserts and fruits.
Honey as a sweetener- Add a teaspoon of honey as a natural sweetener in your favourite drinks such as juices, golden milk, coffee or teas.