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    organic honey

    i've been walking down the street, and had it offered to me by vendors, but i don't know anywhere that sells it.

    i'm quite the health nut these days, and the benifits of organic honey are many. it's quite delicious in smoothies and hot drinks as well!

    any advice on where to pick up a few jars in bkk would be appreciated.

    thanks in advance!

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    I use organic honey as well.

    Unfortunately, I have just had a very bad experience with it. A friend of mine brought a jar of honey from the Himalayas made from rhododendron flowers. After I ate it, I became violently ill and so weak that I spent the whole night on the floor after I fell from the bed. Thought I was going to die. Can't bear to even think about the taste of honey now.

    Beware the toxic honey.

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    I bought a whisky bottle full of it from an old hag the other week.

    Not sure where to buy it in Bangkok, but be careful that it's not been diluted as that seems to be the norm here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    careful that it's not been diluted as that seems to be the norm here
    A Thai friend told me to test this by putting a drop on a piece of paper. The honey will stay on top, water will be absorbed by the paper. True or not? I never tested.

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    hmmm .....so i have to beware of toxins and the diluted stuff..

    maybe places like villa have good quality - at a price ...?

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    We always look out for the people selling honey in the whiskey bottles.
    Usually find them selling in the small markets or stalls at the side of the road. Delicious in milkshakes, smoothies, porridge or on your cornflakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    A friend of mine brought a jar of honey from the Himalayas made from rhododendron flowers.
    Honey produced by bees in areas where toxic plants such as rhododendrons best to be avoided.

    Plenty of different "flavors" of honey can be purchased all over Thailand. Flavor depends on local flowers and vary seasonally in any given area.

    Organic honey is honey produced under government approved organic honey regulation. As far as I know organic honey is not available from Thai producers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Poo and Pee
    i've been walking down the street, and had it offered to me by vendors
    Not organic honey. Wild honey collected from beehives in trees. Never know what you might get flavor wise or quality wise. Some vendors will water down. Some contain large amounts of botulism spores and can cause health problems.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    just bought a jar of 'gourmet hilltribe honey' from villa. i'm happy with the quality and flavour, and will take a few jars back to tokyo for presents.....only 76bht per jar aswell..

    thanks for the replies...

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    I did notice that the honey bought in the whisky bottle didn't have such a distinct smell, which to me makes it better as sometimes the honey taste can be overpowering.

    It made lovely Hobnobs yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poo and Pee
    will take a few jars back to tokyo for presents.....only 76bht per jar aswell..
    Very good omiagi.

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    You guys are real funny. Yes honey is delicious and surely ok in small quantities.

    But are you aware that it contains much of the fructose you condemn in other products?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    But are you aware that it contains much of the fructose you condemn in other products?
    Don't tell me; Golden Syrup is much healthier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Don't tell me; Golden Syrup is much healthier?


    Maybe slightly, as far as any sugar product can be labeled healthy. Some people claim honey has health beneficial ingredients to it but I really have no clue if this is true or just a claim like on so many "natural" products. Like Aloe Vera or Gingko.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    Some people claim honey has health beneficial ingredients to it but I really have no clue if this is true or just a claim like on so many "natural" products.
    It's a natural antiseptic; good for getting rid of Merkins.

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    To all of you who buy the 'organic' honey from the street-sellers with the bit of genuine honeycombe - please get real!!! this is not organic honey. It is a well-known scam that many Thais (and farang) fall for.

    The honey they sell is no more organic than a plastic duck. They buy the cheapest honey from the supermarket/wholesaler, pour it into 'quaint' bottles, stick in some honeycombe and then sell it to daft twats.....

    simon

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    i've only ever been offer it once, and i said no because the cheeky bugger wanted 500bht for it. I was also a bit worried about the quality.

    But thanks simon

    that's another thai scam i know about..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    Some people claim honey has health beneficial ingredients to it but I really have no clue if this is true or just a claim like on so many "natural" products.
    It's a natural antiseptic; good for getting rid of Merkins.
    I had a Merkin on my knob once, she left a keepsake do you think honey will get rid of it?

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    Miss Honey Shop Miss Honey Shop

    Based in Pattaya but will deliver. Just give K. Daeng a call, her number is on the website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43
    The honey they sell is no more organic than a plastic duck. They buy the cheapest honey from the supermarket/wholesaler, pour it into 'quaint' bottles, stick in some honeycombe and then sell it to daft twats.....
    Do they sell the dead bees in the supermarket as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UdonThani Pete
    Interesting! Manuka honey 'could fight MRSA in hospitals' | Mail Online
    It's absolutely true, 'cause I read it in the Daily Mail.


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    I've been getting my honey from these guys lately.
    ForaBee We are the key to BEES

    Top export quality Longan and wildflower honey. If you buy the 4 kilo container the price is pretty reasonable.
    The stuff you find in the local markets isn't as good IME.

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    Organic Honey

    "Organic Honey is regulated by strict set of guidelines, which covers not only the origin of bees, but also the siting of the apiaries. The standards indicate that the apiaries must be on land that is certified as organic and be such that within a radius of 4 miles from the apiary site, nectar and pollen sources consist essentially of organic crops or uncultivated areas.
    Also enough distance must ne maintained from non agricultural production sources that may lead to contamination, for example from urban centres, motorways, industrial areas, waste dumps, waste incinerators. The 4 miles guideline originates from research done by The National Pollen Research Institute, which is the maximum distance bee's travel from their hives.
    These strict guidlines mean that is almost impossible for any UK producer to be certified as organic. Therefore as you pointed out most organic honey is unfortunately imported."


    I have my suspicions regarding "organic" or "pure" honey in a country which does not appear to regulate too well. Most seem to believe that if there is a baht to be made by disregarding the rules in Thailand that is the route the Thais/producers will take.

    I will ask at the local "trading standards" office and check where the organically certified farms are in Thailand.

    I much prefer "Chinese organic" honey, now there's a country with quality image issues.
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