Buy Real Texas Honey From Real Texas Beekeepers
The Honey locator is a service provided for both consumers and beekeepers. Texas bees and beekeepers work hard to bring you quality Texas honey, so please support your local Texas beekeepers.
Real Texas Honey© is a Texas non-profit organization operating under the auspices of the Texas Beekeepers Association.
Why buy from a local beekeeper ?
- According to the USDA-ERS and USDA-AMS almost 70% of honey sold in the US is imported
- The USDA and FDA do not define nor regulate terms to describe honey like raw, local, natural, or unfiltered
- According to a Food Safety News project in 2011, much of the honey sold in grocery stores and drug stores is processed (Heated and/or Filtered)
- Real Local Raw honey contains local pollens
- Support your local agricultural community
- Help keep Texas honey bees alive
- Keep your hard-earned money local
- Be confident you are consuming real Texas honey
The Real Texas Beekeepers listed below have agreed to market their honey using the following definitions:
Honey – A sweet substance produced by Honey Bees strictly from plant nectar.
Raw – Raw honey has not been pasteurized or even heated significantly because excessive heat can weaken or destroy natural enzymes and some of the benefits of honey. Honey should be only slightly warmed to re-liquefy for packaging.
Unfiltered – Unfiltered honey naturally contains small particles like bits of wax, while leaving most all pollen grains in the liquid honey. Some honey packers ultra-filter honey, which extends shelf life before crystallization, but removes all pollen. Some course straining can be used to remove large particles, but not the extent that it removes nutrients.
Pure– 100% Honey, with no additives.
Natural– 100% Honey, with no additives.
Local– Honey that is produced and consumed in the same geographical area and contains the same pollens as local flowers and plants. Please see the Texas Honey Locator to find local honey in your area.
Producer– A beekeeper who produces 100% of his own honey
Producer/Packer -A beekeeper who produces 100% of his own packaged product
Packer/Producer – An individual who produces 30% or more of his packaged product
Packer – An individual that buys Texas Honey in Bulk and repackages for sale to the consumer
Marketer/Broker – A person or company that buys packaged Texas honey, and resells it
NOTE: The Texas Beekeeper’s Association believes that these definitions are fair and accurate. To be included in this Honey Locator it is expected that members abide by these definitions by selling honey produced in Texas, according to the standards of the Real Texas Honey© program.
Crystallized honey – Real honey never spoils. Most Texas honey will crystallize or granulate naturally over time. To restore it to its liquid state just heat it gently in hot water, but never in a microwave oven.
This guide is meant to educate consumers so they can ask more direct questions about how the honey they buy is processed. Talk to your local beekeeper. Ask how many hives they personally manage, where they are located, how much honey they produce each year, and how they strain and warm their honey before you buy it. Their answers will be telling.
Best of all, KNOW YOUR BEEKEEPER – KNOW YOUR HONEY
If you are a Texas beekeeper and would like to apply for inclusion on the Honey Locator, please click on our Honey Locator Application