- honey produced without exceeding its maximum beehive temperature (approximately 96 degrees F.). Most experts claim that the honey will not lose any of its benefits and can still be considered raw if it is maintained through production and storage at 118 degrees F or lower.
- unfiltered honey. Some producers allow the honey to seep slowly through a coarse strainer before bottling it, just to remove any sizeable debris, which doesn't alter essential properties, but purists say that the best raw honey is totally unfiltered, which means you get little shards of honeycomb and grains of pollen still clearly visible in the jar – a very good indication that you have the real thing.
If you want a glaring example of Orwell Newspeak, then organic honey in the USA is one of the best. Honey is not included in the USDA’s National Organic Standard according to USDA’s National Organic Program. So, there are no criteria for establishing organic status. The USDA states that you can certify any product as organic as long as you comply with existing regulation, but there are no regulations for honey. That means the green USDA organic sticker on honey is misleading, at best.”