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  1. #1
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    Default crystallization of different honeys?

    I got asked a question I couldn't answer today. Why are some honeys, like goldenrod for example, more prone to crystallization than others. Is the water content naturally lower? Any better answers than I gave would be much appreciated. Thanks beeks!

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    Default Re: crystallization of different honeys?

    I web searched Crystallization of Honey and found a paper by Kahlil Hamdan by that same title which explains things well. In short it a matter of different proportions of different sugars in the honey which effects how honey crystallizes.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: crystallization of different honeys?

    I was told that the higher the glucose, the quicker it crystallizes. All honey contains mostly glucose and fructose.

    Does anyone know the glucose/fructose ratio for various honey varieties? If you're diabetic, glucose may not be what you want. If you're not diabetic, glucose is much better for you than fructose.

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    Default Re: crystallization of different honeys?

    Thanks Mark that was exactly what I was looking for! c10250 There is a table that shows the faster crystallizing honeys in the paper Mark referenced but it dosen't show glucose/fructose ratios, that would be interesting to see. Thanks to both of you!

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    Default Re: crystallization of different honeys?

    One of our members country rubes has a good pdf file on crystallization here.
    countryrubes.com/images/Honey_Crystallization.pdf
    Dan

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