Come and see us at the Hamilton Farmers Market this weekend and have a taste of our honeys. They are a true taste of the Waikato!
With summer officially here you may want to know the best way to store honey now the temperatures are starting to rise. The best place to store honey is in a cupboard or your kitchen pantry. It's usually cooler in a cupboard and will keep the honey out of direct sunlight. Keeping it in the fridge will crystalise the honey.
If it has been sitting in an area that is too warm the honey can darken and it may start to separate but it's still completely fine to eat. Honey never goes off, it's be found in Egyptian tombs after centuries and it's still edible. But to keep the goodness in the honey and to keep its consistency it's best stored between 10 and 20°C.
Just make sure you screw the lid on tight and if you do drip some down the side the jar rinse it in water, or you may have a visit from ants!
Sweetree Bee Pollen is collected from our home apiary site at rural Horsham Downs, near Hamilton. With abundant nearby flora, Sweetree honey bees gather pollen from a wide range of flowering plants, reflected in the many different colours of pollen. These colours indicate a highly nutritious bee pollen and we have received many favourable comments from our customers regarding its effectiveness. We ensure that our bee pollen is kept as fresh as possible, storing no longer than the previous season.
The pollen is collected from the hive and dried in a purpose built drying room at temperatures no higher than would naturally occur in the beehive on a hot summers day, thereby still retaining its natural nutritious properties.
The flavour of the bee pollen will depend on the floral source and each granule has a different flavour. You will receive a mouthful of many flavours including sweet, tarty and earthy. You may find that the colour and taste of each bag of pollen changes as the floral sources vary throughout the season. For example early seasonal pollen may have more of a tarty flavour and not quite so many of the different coloured pollens. Having said that, as the season progresses we try to mix the different coloured pollens into the bags so you are getting the best nutrients you can.
Bee pollen is an incredible natural source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that it has a nutritional composition that surpasses that of virtually any food eaten. Regular consumption of bee pollen aids your general health and well-being. Just some of the benefits reported of our Sweetree Bee Pollen are: Sustained energy, enhanced immunity, reduced stress, relief of inflammation, more rested sleep and better skin condition.
This label shows an example of the NPA and MG ratings on one label, the 12+ is the NPA rating.
|Methylglyoxal (MG)||Non Peroxide Activity / UMF, approx equivalent|
Manuka labels can be so confusing! But I'm going to try and demystify that for you. Let's start with mono-floral and multi-floral manuka.
Mono-floral honey comes from a single flower source. Mono-floral manuka honey means that the bees predominately foraged on manuka flowers, therefore it's a more pure manuka honey.
Muti-flora honey is from a mix of flower sources. For a manuka honey to be labeled as 'multi-floral manuka it means that there are other floral sources in the honey as well as manuka.
This year our bees feasted on manuka and kanuka at our Four Brothers Reserves apiary site and the honey has been tested as a multi-floral manuka with an MG104 activity. Check it out.
We also have a mono-floral Ohui Manuka honey with an MG139 activity. Check that out.
More on what the 'activity' ratings mean in my next blog post.
Not only does the floss do a fabulous job but it's degradable and their no plastic packaging, the glass bottle is recycled and recyclable. But even better is the bottle is reusable, just pop in a refill and it is good to go again.