Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

1. Is there sugar in your honey?

No. Our honey is 100% natural. Our bees have never been fed any unnatural substances (like sugar) throughout their lives

2. Why do some of your honey crystallize if it does not contain sugar?

Some honey contains high fructose levels which lead to a fast crystallization, like nectar honey (for example Citrus Honey). This happens even if the honey does not contain sugar. Other honey richer in glucose crystallizes way slower, like honeydew (for example Oak Honey).

3. Is your honey pesticide-free?

Yes. We take all necessary steps to ensure our honey is free from antibiotic usage and pesticide residue, in partnership with our beekeepers of course.

4. Is your honey organic?

No. However, we make sure to choose the best locations for our beehives and specify the regions of every honey on the jar. All of our regions are wild and biodiverse regions, except for the Orange Blossom and the Loquat honey that contain plantations. Moreover, all of our honey is tested and guaranteed free of antibiotic or pesticide residue. They are also sugar-free.

5. What is the difference between L’Atelier du Miel raw honey and industrial honey?

Our bees are healthier because we make sure to move the hives every three months to a different location. By doing so, we follow flower blossoms and give our bees a great selection of natural resources to pick from. This leads to honey richer in enzymes and vitamins.
We never use antibiotics. Our honey is antibiotic and pesticide residue-free. We use natural, traditional means to treat our bees.
We follow the best standards to extract our honey. We never heat, blend or alter the honey in any way.

6. Do you have Manuka honey?

We do not. We choose to rely on local sourcing especially since our raw honey has very similar qualities to Manuka honey.

7. What is the difference between raw honey and Manuka honey?

Manuka honey is a type of honey native to New Zealand. It is rich in natural vitamins and minerals. Manuka honey has antibacterial properties not found in traditional raw honey, called methylglyoxal or MGO. This compound can fight bacteria and infection. Manuka honey has several health benefits (soothing sore throats, maintaining oral health, curing digestive symptoms, wound treatments, and others).
Raw honey is honey in its purest form extracted from honeycombs. It does not undergo any processing before being sold nor is anything added to it or removed. It is pure, unaltered natural honey. It contains minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. It also has several health benefits. Raw honey has the advantage of being more accessible and can be found in different flavours depending on the local biodiversity. Each type of raw honey has a list of health benefits associated with it.

8. Is Manuka honey better than raw honey?

Both types of honey have their own benefits for the human body. The main difference is that Manuka honey is more expensive and harder to find than raw honey.

9. What is white honey?

White honey is a type of crystallized honey with very fine grains and almost white in colour.

10. Do you have honey from Yemen?

No, we only sell Lebanese honey.

11. How is raw honey different from sugar?

Honey contains 30% fewer calories than sugar.
Our body digests honey more easily than it does sugar because honey is made up of natural sugar (fructose and glucose) whereas sugar is made up of sucrose. Honey has already been digested by the bees so it contains simple sugars more easily absorbed by the human body.
In addition, honey has a greater sweetening capacity than sugar, which allows you to sweeten your tea, herbal tea and yoghurt with a much smaller quantity than sugar.
Honey contains 20% fewer carbohydrates than sugar. It also contains vitamins, proteins, minerals and antioxidants. Sugar doesn’t contain any.

12. Why is some honey more expensive than others?

The difference in prices is due to the way honey is extracted and maintained. We try our best to provide you with the best product quality for the best affordable price.
Honey bought from local companies cannot be compared with store-bought honey. Local honey requires more effort and more attention that is true, but it also has greater qualities than honey dosed with sugar you can find in supermarkets at a very cheap price.
Moreover, our honey is guaranteed antibiotic and pesticide residue-free. It is 100% natural and is richer in enzymes and other vitamins. You are literally buying yourself some health by buying our natural honey.

13. How come L’Atelier du Miel has so many different types of honeys?

We have so many different types of honey because we have beehives spread all over Lebanon to provide you with a great selection from which to choose.

14. Do you flavour, perfume or add additional ingredients to your honey?

No. Our honey is 100% natural with no additives or human intervention. Taste difference comes from the natural sources of honey, nectar or honeydew.

15. What raw honey type do you recommend?

Every type of honey has its own characteristics. Each one has a different texture, sweetness level, after taste, usage, benefits, and more. We love all our products equally, so we recommend you taste each flavour and decide which one you like most!

16. What is the best raw honey from L’Atelier du Miel?

Every type of honey has its own characteristics. Each one has a different texture, sweetness level, after taste, usage, benefits, and more. We love all our products equally, so we recommend you taste each flavour and decide which one is the best for you!

17. Where should I store my honey jars?

Store your jars in a dry place. Honey is a natural product which will not spoil at ambient temperatures. Whilst it is not essential to store it in the refrigerator, the cold will not in itself harm your honey. You should be aware that humidity does have the potential to spoil honey.

18. What is the shelf life of your raw honey?

Given the right storage conditions, honey can last for a very long time. However, as time passes, it will begin to lose its taste and natural benefits. As a general rule of thumb, honey can remain at its best for up to two years.

19. How do you test the quality of your raw honey?

We test the quality in a laboratory. We usually test for several components including sugar levels, pollen levels, as well as antibiotics, pesticide residue, and others.

20. How can I test the quality of your honey myself?

We do not know of one simple quality test that can be done at home that would reveal the answer you are hoping for. The only relevant test in our opinion is one conducted at a laboratory.
Taste and basic observations are the most reliable tests for people who are experienced with honey. Honey that is unnaturally thick, or honey that is over-perfumed or tasteless, give sensorial clues that, perhaps, it has been altered.

21. What do you feed your bees?

Our bees feed exclusively from two natural sources: aphids' gum and nectar.

22. Where are your beehives located?

Our beehives are distributed all over Lebanon to follow the flower blossoms and different biodiversity.

23. Where do you fill your jars and produce your jams and delicacies?

Our jars are filled at our L’Atelier du Miel workshop located in Mar Mikhail. Our jams and delicacies are made there too. Everything we do is done by hand by well-trained individuals and under the supervision of the founder’s mother. She makes sure every product is made with the care and love it deserves following strict quality standards of course. Our kitchen is open for visitors. You can check our opening hours on the main page of our website.

24. Where are your accessories made?

While helping our hives on their annual journey across Lebanon, we had the chance to meet talented, local artisans. They craft our wood and brass honey dippers, our terracotta honey pots and our unique wooden gift packages.

Health and Nutrition

25. Can I consume raw honey while pregnant?

Yes. It is safe to eat raw honey while pregnant, given that a woman's digestive system fights bacteria, so the botulism toxin is unlikely to pass to the baby.
IMPORTANT: It is advised to consult your doctor before consuming any honey product if you are pregnant.