Beechworth Honey purchases their honey from Beekeepers from across the Eastern states and Tasmania depending on the type and amount of honey we need.
For example, Redgum is mainly sourced along the waterways, Yellow Stringybark from Gippsland, Bluegum from South Australia, Red Stringy Bark from North East Victoria,, Orange Blossom from the Riverina citrus groves etc.
There are over 700 honey varieties known in Australia and Beechworth Honey produces around 40 different eucalyptus and floral varietal honeys. When you taste our range, you will observe that the different honeys all have their own unique flavour, appealing to the many different taste preferences of our customers.
Bees fly no further than 5kms so the beekeepers are able to determine which plants and trees they have visited.
All plants and trees flower at different times of the year and the beekeepers place their hives across different locations depending on the time of the year.
Every honey has it’s own unique flavour depending on the source.
Likewise, everyone has different taste buds and preferences so this question can be difficult to answer.
Our honey does vary. We package different varieties according to what has been produced by the bees. We do not blend for a consistent colour or flavour. Differing weather conditions and types of flowers produce different consistencies and flavours of honey
Occasionally you may find that you do not enjoy the honey that is being produced at a particular time &/or season, however being as it is produced by nature, we hope you can begin to appreciate the natural difference in flavours and viscosity.
As soon as the honeycomb in the hive is filled with honey and capped with beeswax they are ready to be harvested.
Beekeepers regularly inspect their hives to see when the honeycomb can be removed. Honeycomb is removed from the hive and taken to be extracted .
The wax cappings are removed with a sharp blade before the honeycomb is placed in to an extractor.
The honeycomb is then placed in revolving baskets where the spinning movement throws out the honey by centrifugal force.
Beechworth Honey is 100% pure natural honey with nothing added to it and sourced from the best honey producing flora across the Eastern States of Australia. All our honey is completely pure and natural sourced from Australia’s pristine environment.
Organic honey is overseen by a set of guidelines that covers not only the origin of the bees but also the siting of the apiaries. These guidelines are different depending on which certification agency oversees individual beekeepers.
All our honey is completely pure and natural sourced from Australia’s pristine environment.
At this stage there is no 100% conclusive scientific evidence to indicate that honey labelled as “organic” is any different or better for you than 100% pure natural Beechworth Honey.
All honey needs to be warmed to be filtered to ensure that the honey flows freely enough to allow filtration of pieces of beeswax and bees legs, etc from honey straight from the hive.
There is a time / temperature relationship where heating of honey is concerned.
There is evidence that when honey is heated over 45 degrees and held for long periods of time (over 24 hours) then there can be a deterioration of the naturally occurring enzymes in the honey and also a darkening of colour.
All major Australian honey packers are well aware of these facts and have designed their systems to take this into consideration. Our warming system is thermostatically controlled so as to not allow the honey to get too warm and is all on timers.
We use the term “raw” to mean unchanged form the way nature produced it. Our honey is the same as when the bees produce it.
We don’t add anything to it or do anything to it to turn it into honey, it’s honey produced in Australia by bees, nothing more, nothing less.
To us “raw” is unpasteurised – this means it hasn’t been heated to high temperatures (over 45-degrees C) for periods greater than 8 hours, as research about heating honey tells us that over these temperatures and times the natural enzymes in honey, diastase and invertase decrease in number.
All our honey sold in all states of Australia is unpasteurised, we keep heat to a minimum, only gently warming it to allow it to flow. We do however have to pasteurised honey we send into WA using a completely different heating process to ensure we meet strict quarantine restrictions for selling honey into that state – this is to protect the local bees in that state that don’t have some bee diseases which can be transported in unpasteurised or raw honey.
To us raw is not ultra-filtered – Ultra-filtration is common in honey sold in places like America where the honey is passed through a very fine filter and then a vacuum extraction process that strips the honey of virtually everything including tiny pollen grains, air bubbles and even colour. It’s done to prevent the honey from naturally crystallising and “polishes” the honey to give it a golden almost oil like sheen.
Ultra-filtration is also used by ‘Honey Fraudsters’ to remove pollen which can be used to tell the true origin of where the honey was produced.
In contrast, we do not ultra-filter any of our honey. We simply pass the honey through very coarse filters that take out unsightly lumps of beeswax and hive debris. Our honey will eventually crystallise as a result of not being ultra filtered.
So is our honey raw? We think so, but your definition may be even more pure or specialised than ours. That’s OK, there is no legal or agreed definition of raw.
If you want honey totally untouched by human hands then we do this too – it’s available in chunks of honeycomb cut straight out of the frames and sealed still in the beeswax put there by the bees. Where our products contain honey sealed in honeycomb we do refer to this as our “Bee Raw” range of honey. This is the rawest of raw honey for those who want raw this raw.
Freshly produced honey is always liquid but over time, some varieties
of honeys are more likely to candy than others.
It all depends on the
type of honey, the ratio of naturally occurring sugars and temperature
There are a variety of naturally occurring sugars in honey including:
glucose, fructose, sucrose, and maltose.
The main ones are glucose
and fructose that give honey its “sweetness”. Glucose is the sugar that
influences crystalisation. The more glucose in the honey, the sooner
your honey will candy.
Some pure varieties such as stringy bark and yellow box take years to candy and if kept completely pure, without
a hint of any other type of honey are said to never crystalise at all.
Candy honey is a completely natural process that does not alter the taste or nutrition of the honey in any way.
It’s fairly simple to turn your honey back into a liquid again by gently warming it. The best way to do this is to
place your honey in a bowl of warm water and let it slowly warm up.
Note: Microwaving overheats the honey and doesn’t heat evenly, therefore we do not recommend that method.
Classic Honey is a seasonal blend which can vary as we do not blend for a consistent colour and flavour.
We package different varieties according to what has been produced by the bees.
While many have asked, nothing is added to make creamed honey.
Creamed Honey is begun by adding a small amount of candied honey to a variety of honey that is known to be naturally fast granulating with a fine crystal.
It is then stirred slowly with a whipping motion in a cool environment.
All honey that goes from Eastern states of Australia into Western Australia must be pasteurised or heated and be inspected by AQIS before entry.
Western Australian bees have not been exposed to a bacterium (European Foulbrood – EFB) that has been found
in the Eastern states.
European Foulbrood is a disease which kills bees. Infected bees can’t fly across the interior of the continent
because the journey’s too far and too harsh, however the disease could reach Western Australia as spores in
These spores wouldn’t harm you if you ate them, but if a jar with a small amount of remaining honey gets thrown away in Western Australia and the bees found it, they would take the spores back to the hive causing the hive to become infected.
As disease can spread from hive to hive, it wouldn’t just be honey production that would be affected. Bees pollinate a large amount of plants and crops that we rely on for food.
Honey, honeycomb, beeswax, pollen, hives and used hive equipment are prohibited from entering the state.
Beechworth Honey, is family owned and operated by 4th Generation Beekeepers, Jodie and Steven Goldsworthy.
Born and bred in Beechworth, Steven and Jodie Goldsworthy purchased their own bees in 1992 and developed the Beechworth Honey label soon after.
In 1999 they formed the prestigious and highly awarded company of today.
Beechworth Honey is 100% Australian owned.
Our manufacturing site is located in Corowa which opened in 2001 and a 40 minute drive from Beechworth.
The site is convenient for beekeepers from across the huge Australian honey gathering network to deliver honey into a highly accessible location and for our transport network to access the large Supermarket Distribution networks in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Mead is an alcoholic honey beverage. Mead is unique in that it stands alone within its own category of alcoholic beverages; it’s not wine, it’s not beer and it’s not cider.
How is it made?
Mead is made when honey is diluted with water and allowed to ferment. Fermentation is then stopped to retain the sweetness. With multiple fermentations we build more complexity and flavour.
Mead can take between 3 months and 5 years or more to make depending on its style.
Mead is Gluten Free – it does not contain wheat or grain based yeasts.
What does it taste like?
The perception of mead is that it will taste very sweet or spicy. However Beechworth Honey Mead is not what you expect it to be!
Honey Mead is a much subtler and more refined flavour that breaks from tradition.
Our Bee Natural beauty products do not contain artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, sulphates or parabens and are not tested on animals.
All our skin care ingredients are nature derived or naturally occurring, except for the safe synthetic preservatives Phenoxyethanol and Ethyhexylglycerin, and Carbomer which helps keep oil and liquid components from separating.
These synthetic ingredients make up less than 3% of ingredients in our skin care range.
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