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Bees have been a big part of our family for the past 10 years, with a passion for beekeeping running through three generations.
We manage every step of the process. We manually extract all our hives individually with minimal filtration and no heating. 100% raw and straight from the hive.
We intentionally keep our hive numbers down which allows us to properly care for and maintain each one of our colonies. We leave plenty of honey in the hives over winter - We do not sugar feed our bees.
We individually extract each of our hives and label each jar with its unique hive number. All of our raw honey is left as it was made not combined with others or mixed in storage tanks.
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We have apiaries located in West Auckland and on the Mahurangi coast to the North.
We intentionally keep our hive numbers down which allows us to properly care for and maintain each one of our colonies. We pride ourselves on healthy hives, happy bees and as a result, beautiful raw honey.
For the health of our bee colonies and to ensure we get the best raw honey possible, we are selective with our apiary sites. All our sites are spray free and permanent. We do not move our hives around to chase blooms, this allows our bees to get established and forage naturally. We also strongly believe in leaving honey on the hives over winter, this produces healthier hives. We do not sugar feed.
From Hive to jar we manage every step of the process. We manually extract all our hives individually with minimal filtration and no heating. This keeps the honey as close to its natural state as possible and retains all the health benefits that raw honey offers.
Raw honey is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurised and packed with good-for-you antioxidants, vitamins, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. With raw honey, as with many foods, any form of heating is avoided to ensure all the natural vitamins and living enzymes and other nutritional elements are preserved.
This is a perfectly natural process. Crystallization occurs because of the natural qualities inside. The natural sugars in honey (glucose and fructose) will bind together and begin to form little crystals, which can start making your honey harder. Depending on the type of honey, this process can be faster or slower. Some honey even starts to granulate in the frames in the boxes before it is even taken off the hive. Therefore once some of the honey starts the rest of that container will follow.
To get your honey back to liquid again, warm it up, do not exceed a temperature of 37 Degrees. If over heated it will kill all the good bits. Put the honey in a bowl/pot of warm water and gently stir. The crystals will slowly melt back to liquid again
Honey does not go bad. In fact, it's recognized as the only food that doesn't spoil
MGO Stands for Methylyoxal . This is the naturally occurring antibacterial organic compound that gives Manuka honey its amazing benefits. As the MGO increases do does the medicinal benefits of the honey. The MGO reading is what is used to grade the honey as a UMF or NPA value. UMF is a Trademark and therefore you need to be licensed to use it. NPA and UMF are the same. Conversion tables are readily available online
No, it is not safe to feed any honey to children who are less than 1 year old as they do not have the necessary ability to digest honey. However it is perfectly safe to feed honey to children who are more than 1 year old.
Yes! If you are in the Auckland area, we are always looking for places to host our hives. There is a criteria that must be met, but we are always happy to discuss. You receive the benefits of pollination for your crops and pasture and some honey as thanks, we do all the work. Please contact Vicky on 022 5462723 if you are interested or would like more information.
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