Organic Beechwood honey, which is not mass-produced commercially, originates from the mountain-based rainforests of New Zealand's South Island. This silky-smooth honey is free of chemicals residues banned by Asure Quality in New Zealand and checked for over 250 different chemicals. According to Asure Quality and Ecocert Canada's standards, all our organic honeys are pesticides, antibiotics and GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) free. Source Ecocert Canada: It is prohibited to use any synthetic substances or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in New Zealand.
The sweet, aromatic sap is carefully and ethically sourced from the Beechwood trees and is collected by the bees for harvesting. Once the sap is transported to the hive that has been made from environmentally friendly material, the process begins of naturally turning the sap into luscious honey. The eco-conscious apiarist extracts the Honeydew Honey from the beeswax at very low temperatures, which preserves the levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Depending on when during the year the honey is harvested, either in the spring or autumn, the resulting end product colours and taste can be quite different. Variety in honey is always interesting to the palate. Unlike the denser and more viscous Manuka honey, in contrast, Beechwood honey is naturally quite liquid and flowing in texture.
The broad naturally occurring mineral profile includes Calcium (Ca), Zinc (Zn), Magnesium (Mg), Copper (Cu), Manganese (Mn), Iron (Fe), Selenium (Se), Chromium (Cr) and Sodium (Na).
Another feature of New Zealand’s superior Organic Beechwood honey is the naturally occurring presence of Oligosaccharides (complex carbohydrates) present in significantly greater levels than in your average floral commercial honeys. Oligosaccharides are more commonly known as ‘functional foods’.
In general, Beechwood non-floral honeys are normally low in glucose and they are also lower in fructose than floral honeys. These low glucose and fructose levels are supplemented by higher levels of more complex sugars, such as maltose and melezitose (melicitose). This has the effect of reducing the tendency of the natural sugars becoming crystallized. Likewise, Beechwood honey is very slow crystallizing and in fact, some Beechwood honeys never actually crystallize.
High in Antioxidants, Organic New Zealand Beechwood honey is known to have much higher levels of antioxidants than most floral honeys. In a study at Lincoln University (NZ), Beechwood Forest (Honeydew) honey had the highest levels of polyphenolics, which are one of the most significant classes of antioxidant compounds. Additionally, using the ABTS and ORAC testing methods for antioxidant calculations, Beechwood Forest non-floral honey consistently ranked near the top of 10 monofloral honey varieties tested.
The results of these three tests indicate that New Zealand Organic Beechwood non-floral honey has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of all known New Zealand honeys. Most interestingly, another high-ranking honey was Manuka honey.
How to use Organic Beechwood Honey: Try our Organic Beechwood honey mixed into: nutritious smoothies, savory sauces, hot drinks or mouth watering marinades. Pancakes, waffles, french toast and fruit with generous drizzles of the honey are absolutely delicious. You can also simply relish its silky, smooth texture and delightful flavour by the heaping teaspoonful, straight from the jar.
Organic Beechwood honey can be taken in conjunction with any of our regular Organic Manuka honeys. Individuals who have been on antibiotics and need to get their digestive flora back into holistic balance will find this honey to be especially helpful.
We use recyclable, non-leaching, non-breakable, low weight and lower carbon footprint jars. Our plastic jars have never had toxic Bisphenol a (BPA) in their manufacturing. The leak-proof, “easy to open” jars are double sealed for your protection. Our delicious certified organic Beechwood honey; full of potent antioxidants and natural anti-bacterial properties keeps itself fresh naturally without any preservatives or refrigeration.
Wedderspoon ® Beechwood honey does not spoil, expire or “go bad”, and actually develops even stronger properties with time, much like those renowned, highly sought after fine wines. So you can rest assured knowing that in the rare circumstance that the honey is not polished off quickly, it will only get better with time on your shelf.