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PROCESSING

comb honey

The processing of honey is done in several steps. After harvesting and collecting the honey combs from the Tualang trees it is being cleaned and all remaining bees removed. After that the comb is being cut in smaller pieces and later crushed to extract the honey. The next step is filtering the honey by pouring it through sieves. A laboratory test shall be performed to ensure the quality and safety of the honey. Once the lab result confirms good quality, the honey is filled into bottles or jars at the factory, the lid is being closed, sealed and the label attached. Now the honey is ready to be shipped.

Quality & Safety

Quality is the most important factor when buying Tualang Honey. Therefore we source our premium honey from hunters / collectors who we trust and know personally, having inspected their harvesting area. As part of our commitment to deliver 100% quality Wild Tualang Honey, we go a step further and test batches we receive in accredited laboratories in MTDC Technology Centre, University Kebangsaaan Malaysia (UKM).

Sample Ref No. : U3675/13

Date of Receipt  : 17/12/2013

ANALYSIS RESULTS (As per sample)

Parameter

Result

Test Method

Reducing Sugar, g/100g

Fructose/Glucose/Maltose

37.8

32.2

ND (<0.01)

Harmonised Methods of The International Honey Commission, 1.7.2 / HPLC

Sucrose, g/100g

0.8

Harmonised Methods of The International Honey Commission, 1.7.2 / HPLC

Protein, g/100g

0.0

In house method No.STP/Chem/A03 based on AOAC 16th Edi. 981.10

Fat, g/100g

0.0

In house method No.STP/Chem/A02 based on AOAC 16th Edi. 991.36

Carbohydrate, g/100g

76.4

In house method No.STP/Chem/A06, Calculation by factor

Ash, g/100g

0.2

Harmonised Methods of The International Honey Commission, 1.3

Moisture, g /100g

18

Harmonised Methods of The International Honey Commission, 1.1

Energy, Kcal/100g

306 (1285KJ)

In house method No.STP/Chem/A01, Calculation by factor

Common Myths and Misbelieves

There is no exact method to test whether honey is genuine or not. Here are some popular myths and theories that we sometimes hear from the public to test honey:

MYTH 1: Honey heating

Heating up honey on a tablespoon with a lighter. If the honey forms small bubbles it is natural honey, but if it produces large bubbles it’s not.
FACT: If the honey is thick it will naturally produce larger bubbles than honey that is more liquid. This is physics and doesn’t have to do with whether the honey is ‘genuine’ or not.

MYTH 2: Forming honeycomb patterns

Honey will form a honeycomb pattern as a mixture of foam and water on a plate is being swayed (honey-shake).
FACT: No honey will form a honeycomb pattern this way.

MYTH 3: Paper soaked with Honey

Honey poured onto paper and then left for 2-3 minutes. Honey is not supposed to evaporate or dry. If the paper is still wet it is natural honey, if it dries it is not.
FACT: It would take a long time to evaporate, possibly hours or days.

MYTH 4: Paper impermeable

Honey is placed on a sheet of paper. If it passes the paper and drips down it is not permeable genuine.
FACT: Only liquids like water or oil might be passing a sheet of paper. Honey, genuine or not, would not be able to pass through paper, unless it has a very high water content.

MYTH 5: Honey Drops into clear water

A drop of honey dripped into clear water. If it breaks up when mixing with water it is not pure honey. If honey is natural, the drip will continue to plummet to the bottom of the water container.
FACT: This depends on the density and surface tension of the honey which varies for different kinds of honey.

MYTH 6: Ants do not come

This killer theory suggests that ants may not come to honey that is not genuine.
FACT: Logically, all of God’s creatures love sweet things. However, there are suggestions that Tramp Ants usually do not come, neither to genuine honey nor to any other honey.

MYTH 7: Drops from under the nail

A drop of honey is placed under the fingernail then the finger reversed so that the honey can drip down. The honey is not supposed to be dripping down.
FACT: If the honey is thick it may not be dripping, but Tualang honey is usually more liquid. There will be Tualang Honey dripping when reversed, but this does not indicate it is not pure original honey.