Our honey production
We have hives, a bee nursery and swarms that have been saved at our urban farm in Thornleigh, plus other sites along the Larool creek and in several back yards in the area.
Our valley is perfect for bees. Because of the high rainfall, our vast supply of eucalyptus and acacias and the abundance of local gardens, there is nectar for beers throughout the year.
Raw honey vs store bought honey
When comparing our honey with supermarket varieties be aware that mass production is done with heat that pasteurizes but also kills the natural yeast and antioxidants make honey so good for you. The main benefit to processors is that the heat makes the honey easier to work with and increases shelf life before crystallization. This is probably the best case scenario, it can be a lost worse.
Because retailers want consistency in colour and texture, processors tend to blend honeys which could be imported, or even use honey substitutes. They can also use ultra-filtration which makes the product appear smoother and more translucent but removes beneficial nutrients such as pollen, enzymes and antioxidants.
Be aware that the ‘made in Australia’ label can be used if the honey has as little as 20% Australian content, which can be achieved with processing and packaging alone.