How easy it is to distinguish natural honey from sugar counterfeit

On the shelves of supermarkets, shops and other trade establishments, bee honey and its products are offered for purchase. But, as practice shows, natural real honey can only be purchased from beekeepers proven over the years. But if you do not have such acquaintances, in order not to come across a fake, you just need to know a few rules for determining the quality of bee honey.


Pay attention to the density of honey. There should be a uniform liquid consistency, without a crystallized sediment with an amber tint. If the honey has already crystallized, because over time all honey, except for acacia, becomes thick and then hard, it should be light and cloudy in color. In winter, honey is often offered liquid, but don’t fall for the scammers. Know that natural honey can only be solid and crystallized.


An experienced buyer immediately tastes honey. The real product has a pronounced taste and a slight astringency. After consuming it, a tingling sensation remains in the throat.


A quality product has an aroma with a light floral note. The fake is distinguished by a sharp and nauseating smell of caramel.

Mechanical inspection

Well-known cooks check the quality of honey as follows: dip a spoon into a jar of honey and turn it around the axis in one direction. If the honey is real, it easily winds up on the spoon in the form of a spiral, while fake honey flows with it in a trickle.

Each type of honey has its own unique color. Thus, linden nectar will eventually have an amber color, while buckwheat nectar is only dark brown, flower nectar, in turn, will be light yellow.