Should I eat honeycomb? Yes. Explained
Yes, you can eat honeycomb without worrying about the wax.
The rich and sweet flavor will leave you wanting more. It will actually enhance your experience of consuming honey because of its chewy texture. Sometimes, I even chew it like gum.
In fact, honeycomb is the healthiest way to consume honey. It is rich in pollen and enzymes and usually unprocessed.
Raw honeycomb straight from the hive is also perfectly safe to eat. The key is to not overdo it. Read this article till the end to learn about how to eat honeycomb, its benefits and potential risks.
How do you eat honeycomb?
Now that you know honeycomb is edible, you might be wondering, ‘how do you eat it?’ Here are a few ways to enjoy this unique experience.
1. Have it raw
If you’re lazy like me, these are the perfect no work methods to consume honeycomb.
- Take a fresh loaf of bread and spread a spoonful like butter. Don’t stop just yet. If you like the taste, use it as a healthier substitute for your maple syrup on pancakes and waffles.
- Feel fancy? Take out your charcuterie board. Pair it with whatever you want, bread, cheese or meat. You can’t go wrong.
- Nothing beats overnight oats. Liven things up by adding some honeycomb in the mix.
- Craving something sweet? Honeycomb is your guilt-free solution. Take a spoon and just eat it. The fresh, decadent honey from the honeycomb is as healthy as it gets.
- Take a slice of honeycomb and put it in your tea. This will make your tea richer and naturally sweeter.
2. Combine honeycomb and chocolate
Once you try this, you can never go back. Forget the old combination of hot chocolate and marshmallows. A slice of honeycomb dipped in the delicious goodness of your hot chocolate is a game changer.
3. Revamp your salads
Are you still stuck with the same caesar or vinaigrette salad dressing? This is your chance to experiment. Take your buddha bowl or vegetable salad and add chunks of honeycomb in it. Add feta cheese to make the bowl even yummier.
4. Try new breakfast ideas
We’ve tried chocolate chips, walnuts, and berries. The morning pancakes and waffles are still boring. Start your day with mixing honeycomb into your batter and viola, you have a new recipe.
Note: Always store honeycomb at room temperature. This ensures that the honeycomb remains tender.
The making of a honeycomb
We all know honey is honeybee’s vomit, but how exactly is honeycomb made?
Young female worker bees excrete slivers of wax. Other worker bees will harvest these slivers, and position them such that they form a vertical comb of hexagonal cells.
The process is very intricate. The bees form larger groups to ensure that the temperature of the hive is optimum, 35℃, which keeps the wax firm but malleable enough to mold.
The honeycomb is used to store the queen bee’s eggs. Depending on the size of the cell, the queen bee either puts a female egg or a male egg into the comb. The honeycomb also stores honey and can be reused.
This honeycomb has two main components — raw honey and beeswax. Raw honey is made up of enzymes and antioxidants and beeswax has long-chain fatty acids and alcohol.
Is Honeycomb Nutritious? What are the benefits?
Honeycomb is extremely nutritious. If it’s not already a part of your diet, you are missing out.
Natural food is always better. Consumption of honey from the honeycomb is the most natural way to eat honey. The honey in your grocery store is pasteurized, filtered, and has additives like ammonium, sulphite, and phosphate.
Nutritional value of one honeycomb
Benefits of eating honeycomb
- An easy source of natural sugar.
- It is not only rich in carbohydrates but also antioxidants. This can help reduce inflammation and enhance immunity.
- Because honeycomb is unprocessed, you get enzymes like glucose oxidase, which have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
- The beeswax in honeycomb promotes cardiac health by lowering cholesterol levels.
- Half a teaspoon of buckwheat honey 30 minutes before bedtime is more effective than cough syrup. In curing cough among children
- Honeycomb can improve liver function.
- Raw honeycomb also has Vitamin C, B6, B12, A, E and D and pollen. Additionally, it is also a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
- A chunk of honeycomb will help you achieve better sleep due to its proper balance of sugars.
How much honeycomb is safe to eat?
Although it has been scientifically proven that honeycomb is great for the human body, too much of any substance is not good and can cause stomach problems.
There is no standard number I can assign as the correct amount of honeycomb to consume in a day. This is because everyone’s body is different, and has different needs. So, you need to find your own balance.
Think about how much sugar and calories you want to consume in a day and what part of it can come from honeycomb without sacrificing on other essential nutrients like protein.
One teaspoon of honeycomb is 40% sugar. It is also higher in calories than sugar; one teaspoon of honey has 21 kcal while sugar has only 18.
No amount of honeycomb or honey should be given to infants who are under 12 months. The product has spores of the C. botulinum bacteria which can cause infant botulism. Bacteria reaches and multiplies in the infant’s intestine and the condition can become life-threatening.
Where do they sell honeycomb? Where can I sell /buy from?
You can find a variety of choices on Amazon. Go through the reviews and description to check if the product seems right for you. The best thing about Amazon is that you can score a great deal.
You can also sell honeycomb on Amazon. You can either use your customer account or create an Amazon seller account. To sell you need a chargeable credit card, government ID proof, tax information and a bank account. You also need a selling plan.
Note- while purchasing, make sure that the product is 100% raw. If you can, buy local. Research on the company to ensure that the honeycomb is of high-quality, small businesses that produce in small batches, generally have good quality product.
2. BlackBonnetAmishFarm on Etsy
The store has been rated with 5 stars and has had over 7,000 sales. They give you 100% raw honeycomb in a box, 14-18 oz.
The box is sealed in a plastic casing to avoid leakage. You can also purchase it in a half size.
You can also set up your own store on Etsy and sell honeycomb. All you need is an Esty account and a shop. Set your location and currency, create a listing, update a payment method and billing method, and you’re done. The billing method is the fee that Etsy charges to sell your products.
3. Orange Raw Honeycombs by BZ Bodies on Etsy
This company is owned by a small family in California. The honeycomb is freshly harvested humanely from locally owned beehives in orange orchards.
Their first priority is bee’s health. So, this company is definitely a more ethical option.
The creamy and smooth Antioxidant Raw Honey is a hit. It’s an unprocessed whole food that’s never been heated and has all of the pollen, propolis, vitamins, enzymes, and trace elements that bees put into it.
Before you go…
Honeycomb is nature’s gift. The mass of hexagonal prismatic wax cells has fascinated biologists for centuries. While we may not all be biologists, however, honeycomb has great things to offer to all of us. It is your first step to a healthier life.
The easy to obtain and consume product has been famous for its medicinal properties for centuries. Its taste can vary depending on the hive and the pollinated flower. So, just because you tried it once, and didn’t like it, don’t give up. It’s all about trial and error till you find a perfect match.