The Buzz Blog

Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.

Do You Remember Our Heketara Honey?

Written by Stephanie on June 26th, 2012.      2 comments

SpringAround 2008 we harvested Sweetree 'Heketara Honey', it was our first bush honey and it was very popular.  People kept coming back for more and only wanted "The Heketara Honey" or "that yummy toffee flavoured honey!"

The Heketara tree (Olearia rani) or Tree Daisy is a small tree found in New Zealand’s native forests. Hardy and tolerant of wind and drought, the tree has creamy white flowers which only produce nectar profusely some years during September to October.  They say when the Heketara tree flowers profusely you are going to have a long hot dry summer.

For those of you that loved our Heketara honey our latest Marokopa Spring taste very similar.  Our NZ native Heketara tree was flowering well this spring in Marokopa at is comes through in this delicious honey.   

As you may have noticed we now name our honey by the location and time of year it is collected rather than the flower type (like we did in 2008).  Each year the flavours will be slightly different depending on what trees/plants flowered well that season.


A Good Harvest Recipe Book

Written by Stephanie on June 8th, 2012.      0 comments

A Good Harvest cover smallI have just joined the Rural Women New Zealand.  Rural Women New Zealand is a charitable, membership-based organisation which supports people in rural communities through opportunities, advocacy and connections.  Members are diverse, but all share rural interests that connect and energise each other.  It is the leading representative body promoting and advocating on rural health, education, land and social issues; and provides information, support, practical learning and leadership opportunities.  Find out more on their website.

On our website we are selling a fantastic recipe book created by Rural Women NZ - A Good Harvest - Recipes From The Gardens Of Rural Women New Zealand.  Kiwis love fresh fruit and vegetables, whether it’s growing a few herbs, buying produce from farmers’ markets and roadside stalls, or tending a large vege garden or orchard. But how can we make the most of this seasonal bounty?

In A Good Harvest, Rural Women New Zealand members have gathered over 300 tried-and-true recipes for seasonal produce, as well as handy tips for preserving food. These are recipes that really work, often passed down through the generations or jotted in hand-written notebooks. There are also helpful growing tips for each vegetable or fruit, to ensure a bumper crop.

From delicious jams, preserves, chutneys and pickles, to cakes, sauces and more, A Good Harvest is the perfect recipe collection for the cooks and gardeners of today - people who like to know what’s in the food they eat and where it has come from.

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