Kanuka - Four Brothers Reserve
Rewarewa - Marokopa Spring
Rata - Marokopa Summer
You can purchase raw/unpasteurised honey directly from a beekeeper that still retains its natural vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, and other important nutrients. By buying honey directly from the beekeeper you know where your honey comes from, how it's collected and processed, and how well the bees are looked after.
Since local honey doesn’t have to travel far, you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint. Great for the earth!
Eating local honey leading up and during the hay fever season could help your body desensitise against air borne pollens. Read more on honey and allergies
One third of our food is pollinated by bees. By eating local honey you are helping local growers pollinate their crops. And remember, when you buy local food you strengthen your local economy.
|Calendula||Plains coreopsis||Toadflax||Baby Blue Eyes|
|China aster||Forget-me-not||Blue Linum||Corn Poppy|
|Mixed cornflowers||Blanket flower||Sweet Alyssum||Sweet Mignonette|
|Farewell to spring||Globe Gilia||Virginia Stock|
|Begonias||Geranium||Michaelmas daisy||Summer phlox|
|Butterfly bushes||Giant Hyssop||Nasturtiums||Sunflower|
|California Bluebell||Gladioli||Penstemon||Sweet Alyssum|
|Carnations||Globe thistles||Petunias||Sweet Peas|
|Cosmos||Hebe||Poppy||Wild & Old Fashioned Roses|
|Australian Gum||Hazelnuts||Napaka||Three Finger|
|Alders||Heketara||NZ Jasmine NZ||Tulip tree|
|Harakeke, NZ Flax||Manuka||Tawari|
Bees forage on flowers for nectar, which provide carbohydrates, and pollen, for protein. These are important for growth and energy. Well-nourished bees are more capable of fending off disease and parasites. We can help by planting bee-friendly flowers in our gardens. Here's some great planting ideas
It's important that bees have plenty of water to drink as well. Help the bees in your garden this summer by creating some water stations for them. The trick is to create stations that are not too deep and allow the bees to drink water without falling in. Here's some inspiring ideas
One of the biggest threats to bees is the use of insecticides in home gardens, farms, orchards and market gardens. They are designed to kill good and bad insects, including bees so please avoid them. Please follow these tips for spraying safely
New Zealand bees create a wide range of delicious and highest quality honeys in the world. By buying honey directly from the beekeeper you know where your honey comes from, how it's collected and processed, and how well the bees are looked after. Make sure you ask questions. Thanks for supporting local beekeepers who care about their bees and the environment! Check out Sweetree's local raw honeys.
With its wonderful diverse floral sources the Waikato produces some sensational honeys! Sweetree Honey is a true reflection of the Waikato's flora. 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. From the light and creamy coloured honey of the Four Brothers Reserve with an almost caramel flavour to the more peppery Marokopa Summer - there is a Sweetree honey to suit all tastes and occasions.
Unblended honeys are not new, but the fact that Sweetree’s honeys are not based on a single flower source but the local area and season make our approach unique. One of the things Martin learned as a hobbyist beekeeper is that you can deliver sensational honey from a small number of hives. It’s all about the nearby floral sources and how you process that honey. For this reason we choose our sites carefully. Each apiary location has its own special nuance and character and this is reflected in the honey when you come to taste it. We love that on our back doorstep, the Waikato, there is a wonderful diversity and range of honey tastes to be had.
We enjoy offering customers the ‘taste’ of a location. Customers often comment they love that our honey can bring back memories of a special place to them whether it’s Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo, Marokopa, Four Brothers Reserve or The Hakarimata Ranges. Children also love they can eat a honey from somewhere they connect to.
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