Raw honey is minimally heated to reverse crystallization and strained to remove foreign materials such as honeycomb, beeswax, and larger particles of natural debris. Frequently, raw honey is described as “unfiltered.” If pollen is present in honey, it is more likely to be found in raw honey than filtered honey. For raw honey, look for minimally processed bulk and retail Moorland Apiaries offerings.
Filtered honey is heated to reverse crystallization and reduce bacterial growth. It is processed through a filter press to remove more foreign material than the straining process. Dutch Gold offerings are filtered to delay crystallization allowing for a longer liquid shelf life.