Is 'honey in crystallized form' the same as 'raw honey'?

Subquestion: can heated/pasteurized/decrystallized honey ever crystallize again?

  • What is your criteria for "equal"? By weight, by volume, by sweetness?
    – Cos Callis
    Mar 21, 2018 at 14:36
  • @CosCallis I took it to mean "are they the same thing"
    – senschen
    Mar 21, 2018 at 14:37
  • I've edited the question.
    – Howie
    Mar 21, 2018 at 18:44

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Short answer? Maybe. Crystallized honey and raw honey are not mutually exclusive, so you may have a honey that is one or the other, or you may have a honey that is both.

Raw honey is simply honey that has not been over-heated (heated more than necessary to allow the honey to flow for easier bottling) or pasteurized.

All honey will eventually crystallize; however, raw honey will crystallize faster than pasteurized or heat-treated honey, which is often of lower quality as the heat required for pasteurization destroys some characteristics of the honey.

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