Originally Posted by ICUwishing
Tidbit from my DH, who is working through an advanced beekeeping course and husbanding two hives through our tough winter - quite a lot of honey is pasteurized, rendering all the valuable stuff in it quite useless. The enzymes that are especially helpful for allergies are destroyed at a temp of 117F, which means that if you're stirring it into hot food or tea, be aware. Ask questions to make sure what you're getting is raw, unfiltered honey. Our anecdotal experience with local friends and neighbors trying our first batch is that 3 out of 5 of the allergy sufferers believed they had less severe symptoms after a couple weeks. It's a tasty gamble!
Thank you for this input. I am getting raw unfiltered honey. In fact, I just got another 3 lb jar at the farmer's market this morning.
I usually just spoon it out of the jar and eat it. It took me a bit to find the brand I'm using now. Fortunately for me, there are quite a few farmer's markets in the area and a couple of the smaller independent grocery stores carry local raw unfiltered honey. You just have to taste it to find what is right for you.
Good luck in your enterprise. This is becoming a fast growing small mom and pop type business. Once you get your hives producing they way you want (I guess you need bee whisperers LOL), then approach some of the smaller boutique restaurants to start serving it with some of their cheese or dessert courses.