Is raw the same thing as unpasteurized?

by Becky
(Toronto, Canada)

Just a quick question. I'm finding the information on the site a bit confusing. I have purchased honey labelled as raw, and liquid unpasteurized. (both organic) Aside from the consistency, is there a difference? The information on the site informs the reader to purchase honey labelled as "raw" or "unpasteurized", however it has been my experience that raw honey does not come in liquid form. Therefore, I am curious as to whether this organic, liquid, unpasteurized honey I am purchasing is as good as organic, unpasteurized, raw honey.

Hi Becky,
When raw honey is first bottled, it is in a liquid state so this might be the case here. Over time it will return to a solid state. If it doesn't, then it is not raw and it has likely been heated.

Raw honey is simply a honey that has not been filtered or pasteurized. It will then contain naturally occurring bee pollen, royal jelly, beeswax and propolis.

A honey simply labelled as un-pasteurized is likely filtered but simply hasn't been heated. It would not be considered raw as it has been filtered and had the royal jelly, beeswax, bee pollen and propolis removed from it.

Hope that helps,

Comments for Is raw the same thing as unpasteurized?

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jun 12, 2017
Royal Jelly?
by: AMH

I am a beekeeper. Please, people, do not continue to talk about there being royal jelly in honey! The bees put royal Jelly in their brood cells - where bees are raised! They do NOT put it in the cells where they store nectar, that becomes honey! Just wanted to make that clear!

Sep 22, 2016
more for your buck!
by: Anonymous

many thanks for clarifying the difference between raw and unpasteurized. The RAW offers more bang for your buck...and your health. Such healing
nutrition all contained in one jar of sweetness.

Oct 26, 2015
by: Anonymous

What's even more confusing is that I have bought unpasturized honey from costco and it does crystalize over time, but slower than non pasteurized honey. I'm guessing it needs to be from a reputable brand and not just plain walmart honey.

Feb 13, 2015
raw only
by: Anonymous

Thank you so very much for for untangling the mystery of the "unpasteurized liquid honey" that I have in my kitchen. I am waiting for it to crystallize but it stays liquid. I'll never buy it again! From now I'll be looking for raw honey only! Your answer was great help for me! Thanks again.

Aug 15, 2014
ty ty
by: Krystal

good info. I had been buying unpasteurized and wondered what would be the difference in raw honey. apparently quite a bit. will now only buy raw as the royal jelly is an important part.

Aug 05, 2013
raw wins
by: melindalady

Thanks for clearing up the honey mystery ,I to have liquid organic pure unpasteurized honey, I thought unpasteurized meant raw I will be on the look out now for raw honey.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to The Raw Honey Forum.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Disclaimer: The information on Bee Pollen is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Angela Ysseldyk and her community. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified heath care professional.

© Copyright 2017 & BPB Health Solutions Inc.   |   All Rights Reserved   |   Terms of Use, Privacy Policy & Disclaimer