Mel, Clarified Honey, Strained Honey
Honey is a saccharine secretion produced from the nectar of flowers and accumulated in the honeycomb by the Honeybee, Apis mellifi.ca Linn. (Family Apidae).
Although honey is collected in many tropical countries of the world, the chief sources of commercial supply include California, Jamaica, Chile and also Britain.
Macroscopical and microscopical characters:
Honey is a viscous, translucent, sticky liquid, when fresh. It becomes partially crystalline and semi-solid on keeping. Honey varies in colour from nearly white to yellowish brown. It possesses an agreeable characteristic odour and a sweet characteristic taste. Specific gravity of Honey is greater than one. It is soluble in water and alcohol.
Honey contains 35 to 40 percent of ‘ dextrose, 35 to 40 percent of levulose, 15 to 20 percent of water and sucrose. It also contains small quantities of dextrin, volatile oil, wax and pollen grains.
Honey is used as a nutrient, a demulcent and as a sweetening agent.