Honey Frequently Asked Questions

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What is RAW  honey?

You may have heard the term before, and it generally sounds like it should be a good thing. But what does “raw honey” actually mean? And how is raw honey different from regular honey?

You are asking great questions! The answers to these questions can help you become a more savvy honey shopper and honey consumer, which, in turn, will help you make better choices for you and your family.


Raw honey is honey in its most natural form. The federal government has not created a legal definition of raw honey. However, the National Honey Board of America and a number of states, such as Utah, essentially agreed on the fact that raw honey is “honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling or straining, without heat."

Raw honey has never been pasteurized or heated to high temperatures, and thus it maintains all its antioxidants, nutrients and health benefits, along with unique, pronounced flavor and aroma. And so, in the case of honey – raw is a very good thing!

It’s important to keep in mind that most of the honey that is sold at supermarkets is NOT raw, so make sure you read the labels. Or better yet – opt for premium Armenian honey from HoneyRiver. All five varieties of our honey are raw.