Hands up if you’ve ever heard of Manuka honey? Our bet is that your hand went up (literally or figuratively) straight away. Now keep it up if you’ve heard of Jarrah honey? Or Red Gum honey? We’re willing to bet that your hand went back down. Because whilst we’re huge fans of Jarrah and Red Gum honeys here at Necta & Hive, we appreciate that not everyone is in the know about these amazing honeys. Yet…
We’re here to turn that around and spread the word about the health benefits of Jarrah and Red Gum honey over Manuka, and why they’re so special.
The Purity of Necta & Hive Honey
You probably know that Manuka honey is from New Zealand. You might also know that in recent years, the Manuka honey industry has had a bit of an identity crisis with the problem of counterfeit Manuka honey flooding the market.
Some Manuka honey has been found to be diluted with other honey and sugar syrup, and some has even been coloured with a fake tanning ingredient to make it look like the real thing. It’s even said that there’s more ‘Manuka’ honey on the market than it’s possible to create by bees foraging on the myrtle trees of New Zealand. So something is definitely amiss.
And that’s the first reason why you should buy Necta & Hive active, healing honey over Manuka honey – its purity.
Because our honeys are less well-known, there’s no issue with unscrupulous manufacturers keeping up with demand and making a quick buck from fake honey.
Necta & Hive Jarrah and Red Gum honeys are produced by bees foraging on one of the last remaining pesticide free areas of natural forest in the world (and they always will be). So that brings us onto our second point…
Necta & Hive Honey is Sustainable
By reading this article, you’re one of the minority which is into our little secret – Jarrah and Red Gum honeys are delicious, 100% unpasteurised, pure and pesticide free, and as they’re less well-known, they’re also more planet-friendly.
Jarrah and Red Gum honeys are produced by bees foraging on trees that are members of the eucalyptus tree, and these trees are naturally fast growing and planted in responsibly managed, pesticide free forests.
Sadly, as Manuka honey is now so mainstream, it’s often produced by bees foraging on huge swathes of myrtle forest, that are often planted in areas that have had their natural, indigenous tree life cut down to make way for pesticide-fed myrtle trees.
Necta & Hive Honeys are More Healing…
Jarrah, Red Gum and Manuka honeys are all classified as active, healing honeys. But Jarrah and Red Gum are superior here, too. They get their healing powers from a naturally occurring enzyme called glucose oxidase.
This makes Jarrah and Red Gum antimicrobial, meaning that they can help to fight bacterial, fungal and viral infections including coughs, colds and sore throats. Manuka honey contains methylglyoxal which is antibacterial and therefore isn’t effective against fungal or viral infections.
Jarrah and Red Gum honeys also contain three times as many immune system supporting antioxidants than Manuka honey.
…and Taste Better!
Because Necta & Hive honeys don’t contain methylglyoxal, they don’t have the same medicinal taste that Manuka honey does. Instead, Jarrah honey tastes delicately sweet with a smooth caramel flavour, and Red Gum has a sweet, mild flavour. And we think that’s how honey is supposed to taste!
So why don’t you give Necta & Hive honeys a try today? We know you’ll be addicted at the first spoonful…
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Not sure which honey is right for you? Then use our rating and taste guide to help you.