Black or dark honey

Asked January 22, 2020, 3:49 PM EST

Hello, I have about ten jars of honey that I had been keeping in my cupboards through the years and have recently found out that they have all turned black or dark. The jars are all clover honey, and I was wondering if it was still safe to consume the honey, or would it be best and safer to toss them out. Something that I would really like to avoid. Any tips or help you can provide in saving the honey and preventing this from happening again, would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Bill R

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Proper storage in a cool dark place keeps honey from turning dark or crystallizing. Honey rarely becomes a health hazard although it can ferment and become frothy if improperly stored. Honey that has darkened will also have a different taste from what it had when fresh.

https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/answerline/2015/07/30/if-my-honey-has-darkened-is-it-still-safe-to-eat/