Mountain Ridge Pure Raw Honey Review. Ehhh…

PROS

  • Easily Available

CONS

  • Not Raw in My Opinion
  • Expensive Relative to Quality

VERDICT

I recently bought a jar of Mountain Ridge Pure Raw Honey at my local grocer.  I know those of you who have read any of my blog posts will no doubt have just gasped in shock and disbelief!  Well in my defense I had run out of my last jar of honey and I had an itch and it was available.  Read on for the best honey review.

Taste – The taste was O.K. at best. While it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve put in my mouth by far, it had a sort of rough edge to it especially in the aftertaste. On the plus side it wasn’t particularly sweet so we used a lot and got rid of it quickly! My daughter took one bite and absolutely refused to eat any more. I’d say that this honey is serviceable in the taste department and if you happen to like the harsh aftertaste, it may work in everyday functions such as a sweetening your coffee.

Texture – The texture was pretty typical of supermarket honey. This honey was meant to appeal to a wide audience so it isn’t bold and raw like many raw honey varieties I’ve tasted. There were a few bits of what appeared to be pollen or comb floating in the top but I have the feeling they were added back after the honey was thoroughly strained and processed into oblivion.

Possible Health Benefit – There are none aside from the fact that you are consuming honey instead of sugar. Honey tends to be processed more steadily than table sugar by your body. This honey was far from being what I would call “raw”. I can’t be certain but Golding Farms who distributes this honey says they distribute “processed” food on their website which in my mind sends up red flags indicating that this honey was heated and strained. In addition the label said it was blended honey from the USA and Argentina. While it isn’t always the case, Argentina has been known to import Chinese honey which is usually cut with rice syrup and can contain all kinds of contaminants.

Overall – This honey was not cheap! Overall this honey is a classic example of what a good marketing team can do with a few well placed keywords such as “naturally healthy”, “raw” and “pure”. I liked the simple packaging but I think that it too was meant to give the impression that this honey is actually “raw”. My overall impression was that for the money consumers can do much better.

53 responses to “Mountain Ridge Pure Raw Honey Review. Ehhh…”

  1. Mujeed Muhammad says:

    This Honey Was rather expensive.. Overall I will look for another brand of Honey.

  2. DAWN MURRAY says:

    I thought the honey tasted like molasas. I have been using honey for almost a year now so I am concerned if the honey I use is truely raw. Thank you for your information. Now I know it really isn’t. The companies who put false statements on their products could make someone really sick.

    • Beekeeper says:

      Hi Dawn,

      Thanks for your comment! I’m certainly not suggesting that this honey will make you sick. However, if you’re looking for “raw” honey, this isn’t it!

  3. Believe it or not, for me Mountain Ridge Honey evokes memories of my childhood, eating the raw honey straight from the hive. So, in my opinion, the taste and texture were just perfect. If you can recommend a better mountain style honey, I am open to your suggestions.

    -Virginia Elisabeth Farmer,
    author of “Lizzie’s Blue Ridge Memories”

    • Beekeeper says:

      Hi Lizzie! I’m not sure what you mean by “mountain style” honey. If you’re happy with the taste and texture of this honey then by all means keep eating it! My point is simply that if you are looking for “straight from the hive” honey this isn’t it. As for my suggestions, I recommend that you find a local beekeeper or visit our honey classifieds section. Lots of local beekeepers are listing their honey there!

  4. folly beach rentals oceanfront says:

    I saw the name of this blog post – Best Raw Honey Review: Mountain Ridge Honey – while I was Googling on the web just a while ago. Can I put a link to http://besthoneysite.com/test/honey/raw-honey-review-mountain-ridge-honey/ on my website?

  5. Lattergator says:

    I just bought this Mt. Ridge Pure Raw Honey at Wally World. It was not cheap and the only choice in glass and not plastic so I got it. It looked very dark and I thought it would just be very sweet but was I wrong. I agree with your review and was shocked to read about an Argentina/China connection. I sure hope this hasn’t happened to this honey. I made honey mustard dressing for my salad last night and thought the honey was overpowering and made it again for chicken nuggets tonight and I just can’t get that taste out of my mouth. It is too strong and nasty. I just don’t know what to do with it, if mustard can’t cut it I don’t know what will.
    I will follow your advice and find a local supplier. I did have one, but I made the mistake of watching him put the honey in the jar. He strained it through a nylon stocking and each time I grabbed that jar at home I would ponder if that stocking was fresh, or used.
    Is it normal and accepted practice to strain through a nylon stocking or was he truly innovative and creepy?
    Thanks for doing the review and accepting comments.

  6. Dartha Stroupe says:

    I, too purchased a jar of Mountain Ridge Pure Raw Honey. First off, the label quoted Net Wt. as 35 oz.
    When I compared it to my almost empty jar of another brand, I found that the 35 oz was really only 24 oz. The measure on the side of the jar showed 1-pt with enough space above that to add 1 cup which equalled 8oz. So that makes 3 cups at 24 oz., not 35 oz. Not only was the measure wrong, but the honey tasted as if it was blended with corn syrup. It was not the consistancy of pure honey and it certainly did not taste like pure honey. No more Mountain Ridge products for me..

  7. Robin says:

    I just bought a jar from WalMart’s grocery. It does not taste like any of the pasturized, store bought honeys I am used to. The taste reminded me of horehound hard candy I ate as a child. Would love to know more about it.

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  8. Miniimah Bilal-Elahi says:

    I have brought Mountain Ridge, pure raw Honey for the past year, recently I notice it is very watery, has the Honey been deluted. I remember when I first brought the Honey, It was so thick. Please let me know what’s going on. Thank-You

  9. Sylvia says:

    I purchased a jar of Mountain Ridge Raw 100% pure honey on the 7th of this month, for $10.69 After I bought it, I saw on another web site that other jars were labeled from the US and Argentina. After seeing this, I sent an email to the company inquiring where their honey was from and also if they added anything to it. I have had NO response from them.

    My jar has no place of origin on it. Should have been a huge red flag. I have left the jar in the freezer for 30 minutes to see if it would thicken up. It did not, it appears to be the same consistency as when left on the counter. The room is @ 70 degrees.

    After the initial taste, I have not tasted any more of it, and won’t. I have poured it out and kept the jar. That is one expensive jar. I asked my sister in California to send me raw honey from the farmer at the farmers market (she sends me my raw unadulterated nuts too).

  10. Suzie Hyde says:

    I have to wholeheartedly agree with criticism.  In my humble opinion (and I love REAL honey) this is nothing but karo syrup that has been doctored.  I love the honey that comes from my local beekeeper in Cottageville, SC and will make a special trip to get the good stuff.    Hopefully, my homemade BBQ sauce will not be ruined by the substitution this time.   Dumping the rest. 

    • Tim says:

      HI Suzy,  Thanks for your comment!  There is nothing better than honey from your local beekeeper.  I doubt this honey will ruin your BBQ sauce and in fact, I believe there’s a really use for honey like this as an additive to sauces, etc.  Let us know how you fared!

  11. Susan says:

    thanks for starting this site.

    I was suspicious when I bought Mountain Ridge Honey at my Harris Teeter but like Tim, I was desperate and my local beekeepers are out of stock at the end of winter.    So I took a chance.  Got home and can't stand the taste.  I should have known by the label which does not describe what type of flower, that the contents could have come from anywhere.

    Honey is proven to be way more important than just a sweetener.  It's  EXTREMELY valuable for nutrients and to innoculate against allergies.  But it must be raw, unpasteurized, and ideally produced from local honeybees consuming local pollen.

    I've read that a lot of honey sold by mass marketers (Costco, Walmart, all chain groceries) is often a mix of honey from different places and a large percentage from CHINA,   PEOPLE!!!!!!  

    Stupid me – waste of money.  I'm going to use this honey to mix with Borax for my ant prevention and go to my local health food store for personal consumption honey.    So my advice to everyone is ONLY buy honey from a local beekeeper – usually available only at farmer's markets and health food stores.

    To Your Health,

    Susan P – Greensboro,NC

    • Tim says:

      So glad you enjoyed the site Susan!  In my opinion, local honey is fantastic, but you can find truely raw honey from other sources.  I’m compiling a list of my recommendations here, but the internet has a lot of great sources of honey just waiting for discovery for those who don’t have a beekeper close, want a huge selection or just like the convenience.

    • Sandra says:

      Manuka honey is awesome! It’s so good for your throat! Manuka honey also has antibacterial effects, maybe I should buy some back from NZ and you’re right, oyasuminasai is goodnight ^^ sweet dreams!

  12. Susan says:

    I checked Mountain Ridge Honey on Food Facts.com.  Food Facts lists all allergens in each food it tests.  Well guess what popped up on Mountain Ridge Honey?  Animal products and CORN.  So does this mean this honey has corn syrup in it?  The label says 100 percent Raw Honey and under ingredients:  Honey.  Can they play with words and say that the honey is 100 percent raw honey and just not mention the corn syrup?  Love to hear your opinion on this.  Thanks so much.

    • Tim says:

      Thanks for your comment Susan!  Great bit of homework on your part to look up this honey on foodfacts.com!  I just finished a post about the ways that words can be used to mislead buyers.  When it comes to honey, “raw” is a highly abused word.  That’s because there is absolutely N-O, NO regulation to dictate what raw honey is.

      To help, I’ve got reviews on a lot of honey on my site so you’ll be able to see which ones are truely raw, and I’m currently creating a list of raw honey suppliers. 

  13. Ruth says:

    Purchased at the local Walmart. As noted above, I should have known better as the label makes no mention of the type of flower and in fact the label has clearly been produced by … an entity that wants to hide. No "brand pride". No website.  AND they should be sued for making such false claims as "100% Pure Raw HONEY"!  it tastes AND smells like trash!  So many things wrong with this " HONEY"!

  14. Tony Robles says:

    Earlier today I bought a jar of Naturally Healthy Mountain Ridge 100% Pure Raw Honey at Target ($7.49).  I had been reading about all these benefits of raw honey and cinnamon mixed together and those buzz words on the label hooked me in.

    I was really looking forwards to trying it out, but, before I broke off the "Quality Seal" I decided to check online reviews.  It was a bit shocking about all the negative feed back on this item and the "nasty" taste and after taste.  Albeit, one person gave it a thumbs up – I'm going to stick with the majority opinions and return it!

    All those marketing tools with words like "organic" "pure" "natural" "raw".  How could you go wrong when the only ingredient is HONEY?  Right? 

    I looked up their website (goldingfarms) and it stated, quote, "The Golding Farms story began a long time ago when I was growing up on the family farm on the North Carolina/Virginia border. My parents taught me and my five brothers and sisters about honesty, integrity and hard work. It was how we lived our lives each day.".  Okay. I kept looking.

    Their mission statement, quote, "Golding Farms Foods is a company founded on a business principle of providing quality food products at reasonable prices in the market place. As an intrinsic part of quality, food safety will always be a key component. Golding Farms Foods is committed toward pursuing the means and methods to assure that the products we produce for our customers meet a high standard of quality and are beyond reproach for safety when it comes to the customer." Of course they are not going to say something bad about themselves. I kept looking.

    Under "Products" it shows the exact jar, same bar code numbers, same 35 oz., same mason jar, same everything, and the only description is, quote, "Honey & Molasses, Naturally Healthy Mountain Ridge – Naturally Healthy Mountain Ridge® Honey – 100% Pure Raw Honey".  One would think if it was this great honey  – there would have been mention of the bee farms, the process, but, there was nothing of the sort. I kept looking.

    They also brag that the Safety Quality Food Institute Certification issued them a SQF 2000, Level 3 certificate  (but, its not the quality they need work on – seems false labeling and a better tasting product should be paramount). So, I left the site and took a closer look at the label and the jar.

    With a magnifying glass I discovered a set of numbers imprinted on the lower side of the mason jar (very hard to see) – 00214120308 – I was hoping it would lead to specific information about the product inside of the jar (an imprinting method used on many companies to identify where and when a product was made).  I was unable to find anything online about that number sequence in connection to their product.  The bar code information only indicated Golding Farms, there address, phone number, and zip code (useless). 

    There was also the same imprinting on the upper side of the jar, "Best By 030716" – so right there I knew the 00214120308 was something also added to the mason jar after the jar was created.

    I did find this out about honey – honey is typically sold by weight, rather than volume. It is heavier than water, the standard for fluid ounces. This is why one cup of water is considered 8 fluid ounces, but one cup of honey will actually weigh 12 oz. … at least one mystery solved!

    Being that I live in the bread basket of the world (Central California) and tons of bee pollinating is an absolute must – I'll start investigating where I can get some REAL raw honey locally.  Our farmers market occurs every Tuesday (which was something I hadn't considered until reading other posting here).  Hopeful there will some honey products (with some samples and advise).

    Sorry I wasn't much help on this matter.  But, I do appreciate the information provide in all the other posting herein (aka the heads up!).

    PS On their website under FAQ's they do explain how they make their molasses, but, nothing on the honey.

  15. Ricky says:

    I think the problem with the honey is that the bee hives are sitting to cloise to the hog barns. I was raised on a hog farm and know that smell to well.

  16. Nancy rochelle says:

    Ithought this was the best honey I have eaten in a long time. You can taste honeycomb . Let these people buy store brands. I could not find any while I was in Rutherfordton. Why?

    • Tim says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Thanks for contributing!  Everyone’s taste is different, so if you like this honey then by all means buy it!  That said, I don’t only consider taste when evaluating honey.  In my opinion there are a lot of better options which I would suggest before this one.

      • Sandy says:

        Hi      I'm sure would like to know where to order the real honey. I too got taken by the word raw.  Hate to throw it away cause of cost,but I'm not eating it,too strong-not raw

  17. JJ says:

    We bought some at Walmart. I've been eating pure raw wild honey from my dad and uncle all my life and when I tasted this I knew it had molasses in it. My uncle total me they have a clear molasses they mix with it. It smelled and tasted just like it. Needless to say it got poured out. This should be so illegal.

  18. Asa says:

    I bought mine at Walmart, and I have to agree with Ricky. It tastes/ and smells like farm animals, i was thinking goats, but hogs could work too. I’ve resorted to only drinking it in strongly flavored teas like earl grey. This honey is gross, I will not buy it again.

  19. Tor says:

    So who do we believe – you, or the company who makes the product? I read the review, I read the comments & your responses. I am no "honey expert" , however I am aware of the cheap junk China sells to the US (amongst a myriad of other things!). I find it a real pain in neck when there are 2 sources (at the least) who claim they tell the truth. My guess is you mean well & your site is well intentioned. I looked up the Mountain Ridge "Raw Honey" product (via Golding Farms), and the second SEO listing is a Q & A from Golding Farms (right under yours, IRONICALLY)  that specifically states they do NOT import honey from China. This is the source http://goldingfarms.com/honey-faqs/  It also goes on to say that it's not pasteurized , nor has any additives & is 100% real honey. So, MY QUESTION is: can Golding Farms "legally" post a web page with these claims, or is your review biased based on brands & products you promote via this site, in which you make money from?

    And , No – I do not have any affiliation with Golding Farms.

    • Tim says:

      Tor,

      Where do I start???  To be honest, I’m not sure what your gripe is since I don’t see any inconsistency between what I wrote on in the review and what is stated on the website you linked to.

      1.  I never said that Goulding Farms buys honey from China.  What I said was that it’s a publicly known fact that China is selling their honey through distribution channels in Argentina.  So if Goulding Farms sells honey from Argentina, there is a possibility they are actually selling “honey” from China which was imported through Argentina first.  Here’s your source: http://www.usitc.gov/publications/701_731/pub3470.pdf

      2.  I never said that Goulding Farms pasteurizes their honey.  What I said was, that based on my personal experience this honey appears to be overheated and of low comparable quality to that of other honey I’ve experienced.  Those who feel differently are welcome to contradict my opinion.

      3.  In answer to your question, I’m not an attorney so I can’t speak to what Goulding Farms can “legally” do.  I can tell you that many companies use unregulated words such as “raw”, “natural” and “100% real” to suggest that their product is of a certain quality.  Here’s an article I wrote on the subject:  http://besthoneysite.com/7-foods-honey-name-contain-little-none/

      4.  I don’t promote/not promote honey because I make money from it.  I promote/not promote honey because I like/don’t like it.  I don’t personally care for this one.  As I’ve said many times before, if you or anyone else has a different opinion, I’m happy to listen.

      Full Disclosure: I do make a VERY, VERY small commission on some of the products listed on this site.

       

      • Buddy says:

        I agree with Tor. Not only do I enjoy this particular brand of honey, I’ve actually seen the method most companies use to filter the honey.

        Four ways to spot artificial honey

        The Thumb Test — Put a drop of the honey on your thumb. If it spreads around right away or spills, it’s not pure. If it stays intact, it’s pure.
        The Water Test — Fill a glass of water and add one tablespoon of “honey” into the water. Pure honey will lump and settle at the bottom of the glass. Adulterated and artificial honey will start dissolving in water.
        The Shelf Life Test — Pure honey will crystallize over time. Imitation honey will remain looking like syrup, no matter how long it is stored.
        Light a Fire — Dip the tip of a matchstick in “honey”, and then strike it to light. Natural honey will light the match easily and the flame will burn off the honey. Fake honey will not light because of the moisture it contains.

        Mountain Ridge passed these tests for me. Try them yourself.

  20. Pete says:

    I'm so glad I found these reviews. I just purchased a jar at Target. As soon as I opened it I caught a whiff of that foul farm animals smell. Since I've never had raw honey I assumed that's how they all smell. Apparently not. In the garbage it goes!

  21. Rhonda B says:

    Hello, I use this honey and, after reading this, would like to buy some real honey. I live in Gastonia, NC. If any one knows where I might buy some, please email me at: [email redacted]. Thank you very much for your review.

  22. huff says:

    so sick of the lies . if the honey is from china then put it on the bottle .

    • Tim says:

      Hi Huff,

      According to the label the honey is sourced from the USA and Argentina.  That’s all we know.

    • Emine says:

      I lived in Germany for a couple years duirng fifth and sixth grade. The candy left a great impression on me. Every morning I would stop in at the deli by the school bus stop and buy some sweet candy strips similar to sour powers but flat. They were so fresh from the candy factory near my home. I believe it was ten strips for a dollar and I remember that in class sometimes the air would fill with their scent when a student would sneak a strip.

  23. Andreas P-B says:

    ugh. I too, ran out of genuine raw honey from a beekeeper whom i know personally (i couldn't get any this fall because he decided to sell all of his honey to a brewer who makes a very tasty mead (honey based alcohol).
    So I decided to take the "best" honey available at Target (no. As mentioned above, farmers markets, or directly from the bee-keeper are where it's at…) After getting home and opening the jar, i couldn't help but grimace. First from the dark color of the honey (I have NEVER seen raw honey have a dark color), then the odor of molasses (molasses is fine- just not in my honey…) and then the taste that screamed "I am not 100% raw honey".
    I'm going to try and take the container back and explain to Target customer service that Mountain Ridge 100% pure raw honey, is most definitely NOT what it is saying it is. I can not express how disappointed I am in this company's product.

    • Tim says:

      Hi Andrea,

      We are big fans of locally sources raw honey as well.

      In my opinion there are better honeys at Target.  I’ve found this one at Target and Walmart in the past.

      In fairness to this honey, we don’t have any facts to suggest they are making misleading statements.  My review was my personal opinion.  You are welcome to yours!

      • Raben says:

        the honey bear reminds me of my chldhood, too. it s so strange!!! i know the bear from hungery, too. when i was a child, my parents always must buy one, when we were in budapest for holidays. loved them. strange feeling, to see the bear now. but thanks for the reminder!:)) (and i m lucky, too hear, that it s possible to buy one in berlin!):):):D

  24. WMClark says:

    Some of the best honey I' ve had in a long time.  It reminds me of the days my dad would had his boss collect honey from his hives.  Hope I can find it again when I run out

  25. Michael says:

    I just purchased this honey from Walmart and when I got home immeadiately decided to look up reviews.  I find this website and am shocked due to the fact I actually believed this was 100% PURE RAW honey haha.  I plan to try and find out where I can purchase raw honey where I reside in Columbia, SC.. Could you do a review or respond about Bee Natural Honey WILDFLOWER? It claims to be 100% Pure, Unfiltered, and Uncooked and upon reading these reviews I am not so sure anymore lol

    • Tim says:

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your comment.  I had a quick look at the website for Bee Natural.

      In general, I’m pretty skeptical about most honey I find at the grocery store.  That’s because I know that most people don’t want honey that crystalizes and has bits of pollen, etc. which I what I regard personally to be indicative that I’m eating “raw” honey. 

      I found some very interesting double talk on their blog.  One bottle pictured says “100% Pure, Unfiltered, Uncooked” another ad dated Nov 17, 2010 says “Lightly filtered in low heat.”

      I suspect the second is more accurate.  Bottom line, if the honey you buy doesn’t crystalize and doesn’t have some evidence of comb, pollen, propolis, etc in it is has been processed in some form to remove those things and/or prevent crystalization.

  26. Steelers says:

    This honey sucked.

    • Jonaikel says:

      it doesn’t really do much apart from being anti bacterial if it’s active 5+ or above. They also found that it’s not all that healthy as it is full load of sugar so you should only have a little bit at a time. However it’s still very yummy. The best winter desert is : honey + banana slices, then microwave 30 sec

  27. John Nicholas says:

    Geez. Having read the preceeding comments I am glad I am not the only one who thinks Mountain Ridge Brand "raw" honey from Golding Farms Foods is not very good. I notice the dark color before purchasing but that didn't throw me off the product since I have had darker varieties of honey that have been excellent. This is Not one of them. It is sticky like corn syrup sticky and tastes of molasses, skunky molasses at that, and only a very little like honey. Tastes most like cheap dark corn syrup. Fortunately I bought this at a large chain grocer that will take anything back with no questions, so tomorrow, back it goes!

  28. Brian Privett says:

    I bought a jar of Mountain Ridge Honey to use in place of table sugar on my Cream Of Wheat in the mornings and one teaspoon of this honey sweetens it just right.

     

  29. Kimberly says:

    Beware when you purchase this honey. It isn’t “made” at this location. The honey is sent to them to be bottled & the employees I spoke with on the phone said that it is company policy that they don’t give out information on how hot they heat the honey to. I am so glad I dug in to this company a little further before opening the jar I purchased. It’s going to be returned to the store immediately! The bottle is very misleading!

    • Buddy says:

      Most honey is imported and filtered locally. Did you actually think that the place that filters and bottles the honey was also a honey farm?

  30. Buddy says:

    I’m not sure how “processed” you think this honey is, but I can assure you it is not mislabeled. All honey is heated up and filtered to remove impurities. The differences in taste are due to the different nectar and enzymes of different species of bees. Honey from Honduras and Argentina is likely to be Orange Blossom or Clover Honey, both of which have a distinct flavor and color. To assume that, because you don’t like a specific type of honey as much as another, it must be fake, is silly. I like Mountain Ridge, not my favorite, but it is light and delicious.

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