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Straight From The Comb

A Brief Introduction to Honey

Honey is the result of a combination of Flora and Fauna. Bees visit flowers in search of nectar and pollen. The nectar is then mixed with special enzymes produced by the bee to make honey.

If you take a quick look around our website or at your supermarket, you will notice that there are many different varieties of honey available. There are two main distinctions between the different honey jars you see on the shop shelf. These are; firstly, whether or not the honey is a blend, and secondly, whether it is liquid or creamed.

Monofloral and Multifloral Honey

Blended honey or Multifloral honey, as the name suggests are a blend of honeys from different floral (plant) sources. Our Natures Nectar Honey, for example, is a blend of Rewarewa, Kamahi, Manuka, and other bush honey. Monofloral honey is derived from a single floral source. This can be determined by the region from which the honey was harvested, its colour, and its taste.

Creamed Honey

Because of its composition, over a period of time, honey will start to go hard and large crystals become noticeable. This process is the result of natural sugars within the honey crystallising. Most honey when removed from the hive will begin to crystallise very quickly. To control this process, honey is stirred to create finer small crystals, which in turn creates a smoother and more spreadable consistency.