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  • What is raw honey?

    Raw honey is not processed, heated or filtered. Raw honey is unique as its floral source this is why the color from varietal to varietal, crop to crop.

  • How should I store my honey?

    Store your honey at room temperature. Even after opening, you do not need to refrigerate the honey.

  • Bee Raw vs. the Honey Bear – so what’s the difference?

    Supermarket honey is a blend of honeys from many different countries and floral origins. There’s no way for you to know exactly where it came from. What we do know is that it is processed, heated, filtered, and treated so that it has that familiar color and translucence that we have mistakenly come to know as “honey.” It is not. Real honey is raw honey. It comes in many colors, textures and opacities. Each honey is as unique as its floral source. (And it does not come in a plastic bear.)

  • Why does the color of my honey look different than the picture on the website?

    Raw honey, like fine wine or pure olive oil, differs slightly from harvest to harvest, and from hive to hive. Colors and textures of each varietal will not be exactly the same for every jar. Also, raw honey crystalizes over time; some honeys crystalize faster than others. The color and opacity of the honey will very greatly depending on when in the crystallization process the photo was taken. If the honey looks clear in the photo, but cloudy or solid on the shelf, that is perfectly fine - it’s just nature taking its course.

  • How is Bee Raw “local”?

    All of our beekeepers are local farmers who don’t have enough of a demand in their local market for their premium honey (pure, unprocessed, single varietal). In order to sell their entire production, they are forced to sell their honey to big companies at a low price. The honey is then processed and mixed with lower grade product for mass consumption (honey bear honey). Instead, we pay our beekeepers premium prices for ALL of their premium product, and meet the demand for the product both locally and nationally. We also strive to place our honey in its local state, and encourage our retailers to buy their local varietals from us whenever possible.

  • When honey gets crystallized, does that mean its “bad”?

    NO. Honey does not go bad. Most honey will crystallize over time, meaning you can’t see through it anymore, and it becomes less liquid and more solid. This is a natural process for honey, and will happen sooner in some than in others. THIS IS A GOOD THING. It means the honey you bought is raw and of the finest quality. Processed honey takes forever to crystallize, because the pollen - and flavor - have been stripped out. Each jar informs our consumers about crystallization, and provides the age-old remedy: take the lid off the jar, put it in a pot of hot (not boiling) water, and violà – it’s back to liquid in minutes.

  • How is Bee Raw Sustainable?

    In addition to supporting family apiaries (local beekeepers), Bee Raw Honey strives to be socially and environmentally sustainable by employing local manual labor, and using post consumer and glass packaging.

  • Is Bee Raw Organic?

    Bee Raw Honey is 100% natural, unprocessed and unfiltered. It is raw, and by its very nature is organic, but it is not certified “organic.” There are no certified organic honeys in the continental United States. Even though we do not use any pesticides, bees are living things with free will. Theoretically some of them can travel to a neighboring field and sample someone else’s flowers. But that’s not very likely.

  • Does honey spoil?

    Honey does not spoil – ever. It does not need refrigeration either. Just take good care not to drop food particles into the honey. Raw honey does crystalize. That is perfectly natural and does not mean the honey is bad.

  • The honey arrived solid. Is it ok to eat?

    Absolutely! Your honey has crystalized - a perfectly natural progression for almost all raw honeys. Some honey lovers prefer it that way for easy spooning or spreading. For a more liquid consistency, simply place the open jar in a pan of hot (not boiling) water.


  • What is Colony Collapse Disorder?

    CCD is a global crisis that has resulted in bee mortality rates of 33% over the last five years. The exact cause of CCD is unknown, causes are thought to include: pesticides, parasites and malnutrition.

  • What is the Bee Raw Save the Bees Fund?

    The Bee Raw Save the Bees Fund was created in 2013 to support institutions, associations and organizations that perform underfunded, but critical, research and education focusing on bee health, biology and nutrition. Additionally, we will support places and programs that help to sustain a healthy planet, including botanic gardens which create pollinator-friendly environments.

  • What is Bee Raw doing to save the bees?

    To save the bees you have to save the beekeeper. Bee Raw Honeys are “fairly traded”, meaning we pay our artisan beekeepers a premium price for a premium product. If American beekeepers are forced out of business by low cost, inferior imports, there will no one to care for our bees.

  • Who oversees the distribution of moneys collected from the Bee Raw Save the Bees Fund?

    The Brooklyn Community Foundation handles the oversight and distribution of moneys collected from the Bee Raw Save the Bees Fund. Founded in October of 2009, the Brooklyn Community Foundation was established to grow local giving and to boost essential services and innovative programs within communities

  • What can I do to save the bees?

    We suggest 3 no fail ways to help save the Honeybees.


    1) Plant Flowers: Bees are suffering from malnutrition, and planting bee-friendly flowers gives them a place to nourish themselves and their hive. 2) Sign the Bee Raw Pesticide-Free Pledge: Pesticides contribute to the alarming death rate of honeybee colonies. Sign a pledge to cultivate a pesticide-free garden. 3) Make a donation to the Save the Bees Fund.

  • Is my donation tax deductible?

    All donations made to the Bee Raw Save the Bees Fund are 100% tax deductible.

Shipping & Logistics

  • When will I receive my order?

    We ship orders Monday through Friday from Brooklyn, NY (zip code 11232). Orders placed before midnight EST will ship via UPS Ground on the next available shipping day. If you live on the East Coast you can expect your order will be in transit for 2-3 business days. If you live on the West Coast you can expect your order to be in transit for 5-6 business days.

  • How can I track my order?

    If you have a registered account with you will receive an email with your tracking number when your order ships. For this reason, we encourage you to sign up for an account. If you do not have an account and want to track you order, please contact us with your specific inquiry.

  • What is your return policy?

    Our goal at Bee Raw is to completely satisfy all customers. We stand behind everything we sell. If, for some reason, you receive a damaged or defective item, please contact contact us immediately. We cannot be held responsible for the following: delays caused by weather, mechanical failure or other acts beyond our control, incorrect or incomplete addresses input by the customer on the original online order.

  • Can I include a gift note with an order?

    Yes. During the checkout process you will be asked if there are any gifts in your order. Check the box below the question to add a gift message.

  • I have a retail store, restaurant, or bakery, can I purchase Bee Raw Honey wholesale?

    Yes. Please complete our Wholesale Account Registration Form and we will email you with additional details.

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