You may notice that we do not currently sell pure varietal honeys. This is something we intend to look into when the economics of getting our honey tested is right.
AFFORDABLE PURE HONEY
Large scale commercial beekeepers are able to sell single varietal honey (monofloral) as they ‘chase the flow’ by moving their hives to locations that are surrounded by predominately one species of blossom. This guarantees that the honey they are selling is in fact what they are selling. Some also choose to have their honey tested in a laboratory. This testing can provide a report stating the quantity and type of pollen spores that are found in the sample supplied. It can also provide a report on the Total Activity (TA) rating. This is generally found on varietals such as Manuka and Jarrah which have high microbial properties.
We do not produce the quantities of honey that large scale commercial beekeepers produce. So we choose not to do this testing to keep our costs down, which in turn enables us to sell our honey at a more affordable price to you, our customer.
We do not ‘chase the flow’ like the commercial beekeepers do. We prefer to keep our bees close to home. Close to our hearts! So our bees are foraging on everything available at the time.
NECTAR & BLOSSOM
Bees can travel up to 5km from their hive when collecting nectar to make their honey. And the nectar they collect can be from multiple sources. In fact it is almost guaranteed that it will be from multiple sources. And we don't get to choose what those sources are. The bees choose.
WHAT'S IN OUR HONEY
We document what is in flower at the time our bees are collecting their nectar. However we do not know what ratios our bees are using to blend their honey. That’s secret bee business. And every hive is different. While one colony may forage mostly on one source, the colony sitting right next to it may not be so fussy and prefer more of a smorgasbord and opt to forage from everything available at that time.
Marri, or redgum, is our main ‘flow’ here in the south west of WA. And the bees absolutely love it! We also are lucky to have access to a Jarrah forest which enables the bees to produce this amazing honey.
With the exception of our Jarrah and Marri honey, we choose to sell our honey under a non-varietal label. The nectar is sourced by our bees. It is then blended by our bees. The way they like it.