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.

Newsletter - April 2013

Written by Stephanie on April 11th, 2013.      0 comments

What a great honey season it has been!  We have a bumper crop of Marokopa Manuka this year which will make up for last year.  Samples of Sweetree honey tested have a HMF level of <4mg/kg, indicating very low levels of heating and very fresh honey! Fresh extracted honey is usually below 10mg/kg, higher levels such as 40mg/kg indicate excessive heating. Find out more in this months newsletter.

Also in this newsletter read about how Simon Gault loves our honey, about our photo competition and get a great cold and flu remedy recipe!

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2013 Season's Honey Harvest

Written by Stephanie on April 9th, 2013.      0 comments

What a great harvest of honey we’ve had this season!  We have a bumper crop of Marokopa Manuka and it has turned out to have an activity of 5+.  Find out more about this.

We have packed most of the honeys ready for sale, you can see these in our online store.  We have just extracted out Marokopa Summer and Hakarimata honeys and these will be packed over the next month.

As you may know, we try to produce honey which is a refection of the great diversity we have here in the Waikato.  Much like a great wine reflects the terroir of where the grapes have grown, Sweetree Honey’s different varieties reflect the area and season the bees worked their magic.  And just like a wine the flavour changes with each vintage.  You will notice the honeys are quite different in colour, texture and flavour from last year.  In spring, Heketara flowered strongly, but there was no Rewarewa, and there was a huge amount of clover. Our Marokopa Manuka and Spring are lighter in colour this year and the Four Brothers Reserve has come out much darker! Remember, our west coast manuka, has always been lighter than other manuka honeys, and manuka honey can be a wide range from light to dark amber.

We will shortly update the photos of each honey on the website, so you can get a good look at them. Updated tasting notes will be next, so watch this space!


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