Well I have never seen regular commercial honey to become solid and opaque like these honeys are....
Correct, when it comes to the extreme of lousy commercial honey, I've never seen them become solid, but I doubt anyone here eats that crap.
The choice for us tends to be between various allegedly "raw" honeys. In other words, how raw should we go and does the fact that a honey is opaque and thick guarantee that it has never been heated at all?
As it turns out, just because a honey is thick or solid does not guarantee that it was not centrifuged and just because it is liquidy does not mean that it isn't raw in the sense that even Aajonus would accept. There are apparently more factors in honey density than just heating. In the normal human desire to simplify, folks tend to try to make the question as simple as "Does it turn solid or not"? Whereas the actual nature of raw honey is more complicated than that.
Plus, how could the manuka honey be bio-active if it has been pasteurized? I don't know, they might have been all heated or pasteurized, the only way to know for 100% sure is if I collected the honey myself. But they all seem pretty raw to me.
Some manuka honeys are not even claimed to be raw, much less are all raw by AV's standards. The makers of heated manuka honeys claim that they are bioactive despite being heated. If you want to know why they make that claim you could ask them. I'm not defending that claim and I'm not interested in heated manuka honeys, so it's irrelevant to me. Only heated manuka honeys are sold in my area. I tried one and didn't like the taste and I didn't notice any additional benefits from it vs. other honeys and it seemed to muck up my teeth more than local unheated honeys and it's expensive, so I haven't bothered with it again.
We actually had someone not long ago advocating in this forum for heated manuka honey. He seemed to be just a troll and didn't last long here.
And I also didn't mean to make it seem like I think all liquidy honey is heat-treated, I know it is liquidy in the comb, but I didn't know solid/opaque meant it isn't fresh, but I would assume that none of the honeys I got would be fresh, since I can't seem to find any local honey.
I've been talking about honeys as they are by the time you buy them, not in the hive. Opaque/thick honeys can be quite fresh, as shown by this honey that is opaque and thick even before it's removed from the honeycombs after the combs have been uncapped:
And it's even thicker after it has been centrifuged (which AV says mildly heats it) and separated from the wax and is ready to go in the containers:
Which do you think is more raw, this thick, opaque honey...
or this liquid honey that while dark is see-through?
According to the makers of these honeys, the thicker one is centrifuged and therefore heated according to AV, whereas the liquid one is hand packed, not centrifuged or heated in any way.
They're both yummy, BTW.