The diagnostic tests of natural honey
Category : Honey

TEST

PURE HONEY

FAKE HONEY

Stickiness

Not sticky if rubbed between fingers

Sticky due to additional sweeteners

Thickness

Fairly thick, takes time to move from one side of the jar to the other

Fake honey is very light and runny

Taste

The taste vanishes in a matter of minutes Note: heating and cooling many times may alter the taste

Taste will remain for a little longer because of the presence of sugar

Smell/Aroma

Mild scent, probably the actual smell of the flowers from which the nectar was collected. Note: heating and cooling many times may alter the aroma1

None or sour  smell

Heating

Caramelize quickly and doesn’t not form foam

Becomes bubbly and never caramelizes

Dissolving Method 

Doesn’t get dissolved in water, will lump and settle at the bottom. Gets diluted when stirred for a while. Mixing in equal amounts of honey and methylated spirits, honey settles at the bottom

Stays incoherent and gets dissolved water right away.Dissolves in methylated spirits while making the solution milky

Flame Test.(Note: Depends on the amount of honey into which the matchstick is immersed )

Matchstick lights even and easily after it has been immersed in pure honey 

Matchstick does not light easily due to presence of moisture.

Bread test

When spread on a slice of bread, the slice hardens  in minutes

 Wets the bread due to moisture content

Absorption Test

Few drops poured on bloating paper do not get absorbed. When poured on piece of white cloth, it doesn’t leave stains

Gets absorbed in bloating paper.Leaves stains on a white piece of cloth.

Impurities(depends on how fine the filtering process was)

Presence of impurities: dirty-looking particles, pollen and bee body parties

Absence of impurities

Egg yolk Test

When poured into a container with yolk alone and the mixture stirred together the yolk appears like it is cooked

Has no effect on the yolk

 
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