Natural Cell Honey

The Importance of Natural Cell when eating Cut Comb Honey 

What is Cut Comb Honey?

Most honey we buy today comes in some sort of container – usually a jar. This means the honey has been processed – something has happened to the honey to get it out of the wax cells (honeycomb) the bees put it in to get it into that a jar.

There are a few different ways to process the honey, but I’ll talk about that in a different post.

Cut Comb Honey is unprocessed honey. It is a section of honey filled wax cells cut directly from the honeycomb. The honey has not been spun or squeezed out of the comb and put in jars.

The wax is consumed along with the honey. In an age of convenience, most people only know honey in a jar.

This is probably the most important aspect when consuming honey in the comb because when we eat cut comb honey, we eat both the honey AND the wax.

This means that it’s very important that the wax is pure and not contaminated.

Almost all honey is produced using a wax or plastic foundation. These are flat sheets of wax or plastic embossed with a honeycomb pattern that beekeepers put inside the hive. The bees are then forced to build the cells in which they store their honey on these flat sheets.

Conversely, with natural cell honey, no foundation is used and the bees build their own natural honeycomb entirely out of their own wax.

Wax foundation is made from recycled commercial beekeeper’s beeswax. There are many studies (though the ones I have found are all from overseas) that have shown the beeswax used to make foundation is heavily contaminated with agricultural pesticides and miticides. Pesticides bond easily to the oils in beeswax and can build up over time.

Some cheap foundation “wax” often imported from China is not even made from beeswax. It’s made from paraffin!

And so it follows that if we eat cut comb honey produced using foundation wax, we eat the foundation wax along with any contaminates it contains. For this reason, in my opinion, only natural cell honey should ever be consumed as cut comb.

bees on honeycomb

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