Red Gum honey is an Australian active healing honey. It’s produced by bees visiting the delicate, creamy white flowers of the Eucalyptus Camaldulenisistree (also known as the River Red Gum Tree) that is native to many parts of Australia.
Although the tree is common and it’s use as a timber tree is widespread, Red Gum honey is a valuable, prized asset – Eucalyptus Camaldulenisistrees only flower for two months (December and January) every two years. Even then, how much each tree flowers, is unpredictable. Red Gum honey is therefore considered a rare, luxury product.
During flowering, if the flowers are abundant, they produce a lot of pollen, which is great news for local bees. It keeps them and their broods thriving and also allows them to store pollen for when it becomes scarcer.
But a good flowering season is good news for us humans too, as Red Gum honey has many health benefits.
What Does Red Gum Honey Taste Like?
With a beautifully clear, rich golden colour, Red Gum Honey has a smooth, mild honey flavour. It’s less aromatic than Jarrah honey, another Australian healing honey.
Red Gum honey has a relatively low level of glucose (20%) and a higher level of fructose (80%) and therefore tastes less sweet than other honeys. As honey is a natural product, it’s normal for these quantities to fluctuate slightly but being less sweet makes it ideal for reaping the benefits without the intense sugary highs and lows.
Honey also contains water. This water, along with the fructose and glucose, are all in a constant state of movement, with the proportions continually changing, albeit to tiny degrees.
Depending on the temperature that the honey is stored, and the proportion of glucose and fructose, the honey may develop crystals. This is caused by water molecules separating from glucose molecules.
Crystallisation isn’t a sign of poor quality honey. In fact, it often occurs more commonly at cooler temperatures in high quality honey that is less processed, such as Necta & Hive honey. If a honey crystallises, it doesn’t affect the taste, quality or safety.
Necta & Hive Red Gum 10+ TA honey is referred to as ‘thixotropic’ in consistency. Thixotropic means that it has a firm consistency if it remains still but if it is moved or stirred it will become thinner and runnier.
Total Activity, a Measure of Antimicrobial Potency
Like Jarrah honey, Red Gum honey is known as an active healing honey. All active healing honeys have a Total Activity, or TA, rating. A honey with a TA rating above 10 has potent antimicrobial properties.
All Necta & Hive honeys are independently tested for their TA rating. We publish our lab results so that our fans know we’re completely transparent and honest about the power of our honey.
The Benefits of Red Gum Honey
Our Red Gum honeys have a TA rating of between 10+ and 30+. This means that they’re effective at inhibiting microbial growth. This microbial growth can be in the form of bacteria, say in an infected skin wound, viral, for example a viral sore throat, cough or cold, or a yeast infection as is the case with candida.
Taking a spoonful of Red Gum honey each day at the first sign of a cold can help reduce the severity and longevity of the cold.
Red Gum honey also has natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to support a healthy immune system and good overall health. It also supports a healthy gut, which scientists are now discovering has benefits for the wider body and even our mental health.
Enjoying Red Gum Honey and its Benefits, Your Way
We’re proud to offer two types of Red Gum honey. Necta & Hive Australian Red Gum Honey 10+ TA is an ideal sweetener for herbal teas and smoothies.
Alternatively, Necta & Hive Australian Red Gum Comb Honey with honeycomb 30+ TA is the most indulgent way of eating pure, sticky honey with added texture.