Honey - FAQ

Whether it’s for body care or cooking, coconut oil has a purpose throughout the household. While the benefits are plentiful, so is the confusion behind different types, labels, and brand packaging. Here’s a breakdown of the most common questions to make decoding coconut oils a whole lot easier.

What does 'raw' mean?
We mean a few things when we say our honey is raw.

It is not pasteurized or finely filtered, which is the first and foremost requirement. Honey in our jars should be just as natural as honey produced by bees in their hives. A high temperature (at least 63 degrees C) is used for pasteurization, and fine-filtering removes most of the pollen and other bits and pieces naturally found in honey. As a result, they significantly damage the flavor and beneficial properties of the honey, and we aim to make our products as healthy, natural, and tasty as possible. Almost all honey sold without the word 'raw' on the label has been processed in these and possibly other ways.

Additionally, we only use unblended honey from individual beekeepers. Most of the honeys you see in the supermarkets have been produced by numerous beekeepers in many different place and then blended together in a facility to ensure a consistent final product. We only sell unblended honey from individual beekeepers with their own hives and bees.

To guarantee the best quality honey, we will only ever carry unpasteurized, coarse-filtered, raw honey - the way honey should be.
What is the best way to store your honey once the jar has been opened?
Most people keep their honey at room temperature as refrigeration is not necessary. If you like your honey thicker, the fridge is your best bet. Most raw honeys will crystallize over time; cooler temperatures can speed this process.
Why are some products labelled 'organic' and others are not? What is the difference between 'organic' and 'raw'?

While all of our honeys are raw, some are also 'organic'.  This means the beekeeper has had a third-party certifier inspect their hives, processes, and the land around the hives for sources of contamination. Yes our honey is organic certified and completely 100 % natural raw honey.

Do your beekeepers feed sugar to their bees?

We do not purchase or sell any honeys that have been produced by bees while they have been fed any type of sugar solution or fondant. Our beekeepers always leave enough honey and pollen in the hives for the bees to keep themselves fed through the leaner parts of the year. The hives are designed such that there is a compartment for the queen and her bees to keep their brood and store enough honey and pollen for themselves and there are separate compartments, which keep the queen (and the baby bees) out, where the worker bees will store extra honey and pollen. With years of experience in beekeeping in their regions, the beekeepers only take honey from the non-brood rearing areas of the hive, where the honey is excess to the needs of the bees.

The only circumstance under which our beekeepers would feed their bees is when the winter is particularly long and harsh and the bees would die without additional feeding. This is a very rare occurrence, but if the bees might die without extra help, we'd prefer the beekeepers keep their bees alive. The bees would not be producing any harvestable honey during these periods as they would need it all for themselves, but that being said, even if there were some extra honey produced, we would not sell it.

So, if you are worried about consuming honey from bees fed on sugar, you'll be safe with us.

What is the shelf life of honey? Does it expire?

No, honey will never spoil and has even been found in ancient Egyptian tombs.

Are your products free of pesticides and chemicals?


How do I recognize the quality of cold-pressed oil? 

By its color: it’s not too light and not too dark. Translucent oil has generally been refined and oil that is too dark indicates that it has been preheated or pressed at a high temperature. By its aroma: Furthermore, the taste and aroma of the oil must be reminiscent of the oilseed used. It is important for the oil to be in a dark glass container (inert material) with a clearly-indicated expiry date. 

Which oils can be heated in the pan? 

Coconut oil can be heated in the PAN for cooking. Groundnut Oil can be used for deep frying. Sesame / Gingelly oils are recommended for light sautes. Do not overheat the oil (when exposed to a temperature that is too high, a noxious smoke emanates from the oil). 

Where can I buy Poombukar Honey Honey?
The oil from wooden churner is extracted using the means of Ayurvedas the wood used in the churner is made of selected Vaghai / Neem / Babool / Mango trees as suggested by Ayurveda Rishis.

Due to this all the natural values are maintained in the oil and is beneficial in the natural way. Therefore for families good health the oil extracted from wooden churner should be used.