Honest to Goodness Organic Raw Honey is as pure as can BEE! We are proud to say that the only thing in our jars is just pure honey goodness. Sustainably sourced from local Australian beekeepers, our honey has nothing added, is unpasteurised and minimally processed.
With such a pure and natural product, this means no two batches are the same in terms of flavour, consistency and colour - that's the nature of organic products. Learn more below about what makes your honey unique in taste, colour and texture:
WHAT BEES EAT
Bees forage on nectar and pollen from blooming plants, so what they eat will dramatically influence the taste of the honey they produce. Honest to Goodness Organic Raw Honey is a Eucalyptus Honey which means it is sourced from bees that have foraged mostly on Australian Eucalyptus trees. However, there are more than 80 different Australian Eucalyptus species, each with their own unique flavour and aroma.
Bees may travel up to 4km away from where their hive is located and can forage on any of the many eucalyptus species on their way. Because the bees are free to roam, we have no control over what they eat which results in a unique and slightly varied taste in the honey each time.
Seasons and weather changes will impact the taste of honey as well. An unusually wet or dry season will affect honey’s water content. The current Australian drought has meant flowering plants are in shorter supply than usual and the taste of the honey has been sometimes stronger in flavour than in times gone by. This will change again as the season and weather changes.
Using high temperatures for extraction – commonly used for squeezy, free-flowing liquid honey - can destroy the natural antibacterial properties and phytonutrients found in raw honey, propolis and wax. So, to retain all that goodness, our honey is extracted from the honeycomb using low heat (less than 45 degrees Celsius), also known as the ‘cold extraction’ method. Before bottling the honey is then passed through two sieves to filter out any remaining beeswax or other bits and pieces that may have come from the hive.
As our honey is not heated or pasteurised, it will naturally crystallise more readily than conventional honey. This is normal and natural! Read our blog Crystallised Honey, Good or Bad? to find out more.
HOW CAN HONEY BE CERTIFIED ORGANIC?
If we can’t control what the bees eat, how can honey be certified organic you may ask?
To comply with ACO standards, beehives must be constructed from certified organic materials and only exposed to organic environments and preparation methods. Hive sites are regularly audited to ensure they meet a rigorous checklist of requirements to reach certification, including being outside a 5km radius of all non-organic normal farms & agricultural land.
Our honey comes from beehives placed in national parks in Western QLD and NSW - specifically placed in isolated areas away from any type of contamination (golf courses, agricultural areas, heavy traffic areas and landfills).