Can you eat honeycomb?
Yes, honeycomb is entirely edible and just one simple ingredient! You’ll notice the wax acts as a natural chewing gum, which is also entirely edible and we encourage its consumption for its elevated health properties (not too much though). For those of you that dislike the wax in your beverage, added with your favorite foods it’s barely noticeable.
How do you eat honeycomb?
You can eat honeycomb multiple different ways! Some of our favorites are on toast, in yogurt, in our tea, and even raw! Any wax residue left in your warm beverages (or in your mouth) can be consumed or rinsed out with warm water.
What are the benefits of honeycomb?
There’s too many to count so we’ve compiled a list for you!
- Honeycomb is a direct source of natural occurring Royal Jelly, Propolis, and Bee Pollen.
- The honey stored within the honeycomb is the purest, rawest form of honey, and the wax the honeycomb is made of has nutritional value and health benefits.
- Contains vitamins B, C, D, and E, phytonutrients, and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Rich in organic acids and phenolic compounds which promote heart health.
- Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal
- It’s a healthy alternative to sweeteners - with no refined sugars, no chemicals, a low glycemic index, and is completely unprocessed.
Is honeycomb a functional food?
There are extensive research studies related to honeycombs’ various benefits including the brain’s ability to process thought and make decisions. Here is a partial list of research we find fascinating:
Pass the Honey Sourcing Questions:
Is it local?
No. Due to the unique properties of the beeswax, it’s incredibly difficult to responsibly source clean honeycomb in the U.S. (at the scale we need). However, we are working with Terra Genesis International to develop both a domestic and global supply chain that is regenerative and benefits multiple stakeholders -- the bees being first and foremost.
Where are your hives located?
Our hives are located in Turkey. Far from any industrial areas, this flourishing land is chemical and fertilizer free, making it a bee’s paradise.
What kind of hive structure do you use?
We use several types of hive structures, including: Langstroth, Waare, Top-bar, and Flow Hive.
What kind of bee’s does your honey come from?
Turkish beekeepers typically use Caucasian Bees, which are known to be the strongest bee species!
How is your honeycomb monitored?
During honey harvest season, samples of honey are taken from each beekeeper and brought to an accredited laboratory and analyzed in order to ensure that:
- the bees were not fed with syrup
- there is no syrup added directly into the honey
- there are no veterinary medicines, antibiotics and/or pesticides added in the honey or hives.
Is there local support for your beekeepers? Trainings, mentors, financing?
Yes, each beekeeper is paid fairly and offered various trainings conducted by the Turkish Association of Beekeepers.
How is Pass the Honey Sourced?
Responsibly. Pass the Honey is creating a supply system that will generate long-lasting improvements to the vitality of honey bees, beekeepers, farmers, and consumers, by reducing everyday stressors placed on the system.
What is the supply system?
The Pass the Honey supply system is a dedicated honeycomb inspection system which allows beekeepers to focus on maintaining healthy hives and ensures quality control. Having a single location creates security through repetition and provides job insurance to beekeepers.