There’s no denying that honey is delicious. However you eat it – swirled into a warm drink, as a natural sweetener in a post gym smoothie or enjoyed straight from the spoon – it’s a deliciously sticky, sweet experience.
But not all honey is created equally. Supermarket honeys that generally come in squeezy plastic containers might be convenient, but this kind of honey tends to be cheaper for a reason.
The Total Activity Rating of Active Honey
Active honey is honey that is known to contain active ingredients that have benefits to health. Honey that is unpasteurized (that is honey that hasn’t had any heat treatment) retains all of the enzymes, amino acids, nutrients and antioxidants that make it a powerful healing honey.
Supermarket honey has usually been through a pasteurisation process that disables the active ingredients. Therefore, normal supermarket honey isn’t considered an active or a healing honey which is why its so much cheaper than active honeys.
What’s more, Australian active honey is given a Total Activity, or TA rating. The Total Activity of a honey is a measure of its antimicrobial and healing properties. The higher the TA, the more powerful these properties.
Eating active honey on a regular basis can help support a healthy immune system and gut, can help ward off colds and other infections and help you work out for longer.
So it’s little wonder we truly believe that not all honey is equal.
The Bee Challenge: Finding the Right Trees in Bloom
Jarrah and Red Gum honeys aren’t simple to come by. For a start, both can only be genuine if they originate from certain trees that are unique to Western Australia.
Jarrah honey is made by bees visiting the flowers of the Eucalyptus Marginataor Jarrah tree. Red Gum honey (also sometimes known as Marri honey) is made by bees with an abundance of Eucalyptus Corymbia Calophyllaor Red Gum / Marri trees to visit and pollinate.
Both trees have long been regarded by Aboriginals as special trees with unique properties. Not only do they provide active, healing honeys, the bark and the gum produced by the trees are also used for their medicinal purposes.
These bees only have a short window of opportunity to make their highly prized delicacy. The Jarrah tree only produces flowers from late October to the end of January, and even then, only every second or third year.
The Marri tree flowers every year but only from February to the end of March, sometimes the beginning of April.
So Western Australian beekeepers work extremely hard to maintain a thriving community of both trees and bees to ensure a good supply of these highly valuable honeys.
Many people argue that Jarrah and Red Gum honeys also taste the best, so have a browse of our high quality, active healing honeys and savour each mouthful!