'The Lord inspired the Bee to dwell in the Fields, to lodge in Trees, in Hives, and to eat all sorts of Fruits,
it produceth Honey of divers colours that serveth for a remedy to the diseases of Men.'
The post brood combs at the top of the nest (which were originally pure white) are coloured with propolis (resin) from years of use and are dark purple when harvested. As we harvest and press entire combs, high amounts of propolis end up in the bottled honey. Not only does this contribute to the health benefits of the honey, but also gives the honey a unique aniseed/garam masala fragrance.
Raw materials for propolis
Our bees collect the kino from the Bloodwoods and many other rare and unique species and use it inside the colony, contributing to bee health and the unique terroir and health benefits of our honey.
Hive design and bee genetics
Conventional hives are often made from smooth, high grade plantation timber or plastic – surfaces that do not mimic the natural home of a bee colony or encourage propolis production by the bees. We encourage the bees to make propolis by using rough, salvaged timber for our beehives that closely mimic the surface found inside a tree hollow. When populating our hives with swarms, the bees coat the rough interior with propolis, creating a healthy environment for the colony to thrive.
Our own honeys from Warré hives have been tested at an independent laboratory (full details here) and received a Total Activity medicinal rating of TA 21+ to TA 39+ (equivalent UMF 21+ to UMF 39+).
These results confirm that each batch of our honey is classed as ‘highly active’.
More information will be provided here as we test more of our Wild honeys.