I just heard the tail end of a snippet on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme the the effect that a great deal of supermarket honey has been ultra filtered to remove all the pollen and thus flavour and nutrition. The speaker’s opinion was that the only reason for doing this can be to conceal the suspect origin of the honey. I shall try to ‘listen again’.
Nearly all beekeepers strain their honey to avoid bits of wax and of bee getting into the jar but, legally, any honey that has a significant proportion of the pollen removed should be labelled as ‘filtered honey’ which I have never seen in the shops.
I find that there is a growing market for honey in the comb and hope to produce more of this as it avoids messy processing and is much more natural, retaining all the flavour and nutrition.
I’ve now found the programme via the computer. The piece is only 3 minutes long and is 12 minutes into the programme. The American scientist, Andrew Schneider sounds just like Prof Stephen Hawking!