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Honey

We Don’t Mind When You Call Us ‘Honey’

Our honey is 100% pure, and we take every precaution to make sure it stays that way. With the startling decline in honeybee populations due to disease, we only purchase honey from beekeepers that use conscientious beekeeping practices, including refraining from feeding their bees corn syrup. This ensures that we are providing a premium product that is healthy to our customers as well as the bees. Our bees also live close to crops that need pollinating, including clover, sunflower and alfalfa, so we’re fueling a symbiotic relationship between honey production and pollination.

Madhava Natural Sweeteners has been packing honey for over 40 years. Some of our local Colorado beekeepers that delivered our first honey drums in 1973 are still our suppliers to this day. As we’ve continued to grow, we have established long-standing and strong relationships with our valued beekeepers as we wouldn’t have the sweet stuff without them!

We believe in the curative properties of honey, and try to do as little as possible to process our honey. Unlike filtered and heated commercial honeys, Madhava honeys are low temperature melted and gently strained. We think that’s pretty sweet!

Organic Honey – Global Goodness

We traveled all the way to the wildflower fields of Brazil to work with local farmers to harvest their golden nectar. Our Organic Honey is certified according to USDA’s National Organic Program and doesn’t use synthetically produced fertilizers, antibiotics, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. Not only does it bring you the purest honey possible, but supports long term health and viability of soil, water, air, climate change, biodiversity, and the beekeeping community in the Amazon.

In an effort to help the declining honeybee population, we launched “Sweet Earth Project,” a corporate initiative to help save the bees and enhance sustainability. We contribute 10 cents of every jar of organic honey sold to non-profit organizations working to save the bees and enhance sustainability through education, awareness and action.

Ambrosia Honey – The Royal Treatment

We call this honey ‘ambrosia’ because of its rarity. With only small quantities produced each year in the Rocky Mountain Region and the upper Midwest, it is one of the most covetable honeys in the world! And the rich, floral aroma and distinctive flavor don’t hurt, either. Never overheated or force-filtered, our Ambrosia has been called the finest honey in the world, and we’d tend to agree.

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ORGANIC AGAVE

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The Start of the Super Sweetener

In 2003, we were proud to be the first company to introduce organic agave to the U.S. market. Known then as the “super sweetener,” agave nectar is made from the natural juice of the blue agave plant, organically grown and sustainably farmed in the Sierra Madres region of Mexico. Our all-natural, organic, Non-GMO Project Verified sweetener has continued to grow in popularity, and we’ve expanded our product line to include flavored syrups for pancakes, coffee, baking and more!

From Desert to Dessert

Agave nectar is derived from an extremely hearty desert plant, the Weber Blue Agave. Since it receives its annual water needs from the local late summer rainy season, agave can be grown without any irrigated water. And since it thrives in poor soil, it’s naturally pest-resistant. These factors help eliminate the need for pesticides and chemical fertilizers, making it even easier to maintain agricultural practices that meet organic certification standards.

The processing is pretty simple. We extract the agave juice by pressing the heart of the plant. The juice is then filtered to remove any plant debris and heated to achieve thicker nectar consistency. A few more passes through the filter help us achieve a range of flavors, from dark to light, and we’re done! Luckily, agave is naturally gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan and has a low-glycemic index – no more energy spikes!

Our core values as natural sweetener company are easily met with this sustainable and organic sweetener. Blue Agave Tequilana is native to Mexico’s rugged terrain in the state of Jalisco and has been farmed since the days of the Aztec for food and fiber.

How It Gives Back

Madhava sources only certified organic agave nectar, which supports long term health and viability of soil, water, air, climate change, biodiversity, and the farming community by not using synthetically produced fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. When grown organically, agave provides food and shelter for native wildlife. We’re also fair to farmers. Madhava is Fair Trade registered through FairTrade USA, sourcing almost 12% of agave from Fair Trade Certified farmers and processors.

Our eco efforts go beyond the farms and onto our production line. Several of our suppliers collect all of the pulp fiber byproduct and reuse it as biomass to feed the energy needs of the self-sustaining manufacturing plant. We have also converted all of our shipping supplies to reusable plastic totes, eliminating the need for excessive trash and cardboard recycling. Plastic totes are even sold to local farm suppliers for reuse in other applications.

Madhava Sweeteners

Madhava was born from one honey enthusiast and a swarm of hardworking honeybees. Since our humble beginnings in 1973, our efforts have blossomed beyond honey. We have become a trusted leader in natural sweeteners, dedicated to providing healthier alternatives to highly processed, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. We’re on one naturally sweet mission, to create better-for-you options for all of your favorite sweet treats.
Pure. Natural. Scrumptious. Sweet!

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