Is Mishka raw honey?

Trading Standards in Britain currently prohibit the use of the term ‘raw’, possibly because there is no single, official definition of the term.

When people ask if our honey is ‘raw’ they usually mean is it ‘uncooked’. This is a good question because most supermarket honeys are pasteurised — heated to high temperatures. As a result of this process, much of a honey’s regional character is destroyed, along with its medicinal properties.

So, in answer to the question, Mishka honey is ‘raw’ in the sense that it has never been heated above hive temperatures. Our jars only ever contain pure honey with all the good stuff still inside. Just as nature intended.

Is Mishka honey ever blended?

No. Every jar contains 100% honey sourced exclusively from family producers in Altai, Siberia. This is what gives Mishka its distinctive regional character.

What’s the difference between Mishka and most supermarket honeys?

Much of the honey you find on supermarket shelves have not only been pasteurised (cooked) but also ultra-filtrated. This process sucks out every bit of natural goodness from the product leaving nothing but a standardised, sugary gloop. Our bee farmers never pasteurise, and they only subject their honey to very gentle coarse filtering to remove hive debris and fragments of honeycomb. All the vitamins, pollen, enzymes and nutrients that make Mishka honey so special are retained.

What nutrients are there in Mishka honey?

Because Mishka is unpasteurised and only very lightly filtered, all the goodness that people expect from natural honey is protected. This includes amino acids, vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, enzymes, and polyphenol antioxidants. In other words, it’s honey just like nature intended.

What are the health benefits of Mishka honey?

Free from factory processing, Mishka honey is packed with all the health and wellbeing benefits that man has recognised for millennia: 

  • Anti-inflammatory properties can soothe coughs and sore throats and may relieve allergy symptoms
  • Natural antioxidants have been shown to protect against cellular damage and support memory function
  • Natural unpasteurised honey like Mishka promotes the production of T and B white cells and other protective blood cells. This helps to support a healthy immune system.
  • Honey can trigger the release of serotonin (the feelgood hormone) which in turn can help to improve sleep quality
  • Honey’s antibacterial and antifungal properties can relieve the symptoms of mild eczema, dandruff and other skin conditions caused by dry skin
  • Honey is a natural antibiotic that can work both internally and externally, for example to treat minor wounds and burns

What happens when honey crystallises? Can I still eat it?

Yes! All pure natural honeys will crystallise at some point and many people actually prefer eating it that way. Or you can re-liquefy the honey by putting the jar into a pot of warm (around 40ºC) water for a while.

What is the shelf life of your honey?

UK food labelling regulations demand that we put a ‘best before’ date on our jars. But, in reality, honey can stay in perfect condition indefinitely if it’s stored properly.

How should I store my honey?

Make sure that the lid is tightly sealed to stop the honey absorbing moisture or other food odours. There’s no need to refrigerate honey but it should not be left in hot locations (anything above 40ºC) You can also try freezing honey which will give it a pleasant creamy texture when it thaws.



By choosing Mishka honey you are directly supporting the bee farmers of Altai, their families and their remote communities. Nurturing the Siberian bee populations using traditional methods to keep them healthy without chemicals or antibiotics is a way of life that goes back centuries.

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