Where is your honey from?
The Mt Pirongia Blend is collected from the foothills of Mt Pirongia, the Waikato’s highest peak.
Is your honey raw?
Yes. There are no guidelines or standards to define “raw” honey in NZ. “Raw” can mean different things to different people. We consider our honey to be in a raw state because it is never heated above the temperature of a beehive (35 degrees), is not pasteurised, and is not fine filtered.
Do you add anything to your honey?
No, our honey has absolutely nothing added. It is pure honey straight from the hive.
What is the difference between liquid and creamed honey?
Liquid honey is exactly the same as the bees have stored it in their honeycomb. It has been lightly filtered to remove larger particles of beeswax. In cooler weather, liquid honey is likely to crystallise, a natural process where the sugar in the honey grows into crystals. Creamed honey is the result of a process that breaks down the sugar into fine crystals, thereby avoiding granulated honey and providing a smooth, spreadable consistency.
Do you still get varroa in your hives?
Varroa destructor or the varroa mite was first found in NZ beehives in 2000. It has now spread to almost every corner and every beehive in the country. So yes, we still have varroa and we do our best to control it and keep our bees alive.
Do you produce all the honey you sell yourself?
Yes. Tim manages all our hives and produces all the honey himself with the help of part time and seasonal staff. We do not buy honey from other beekeepers to pack and on-sell.
How do bees make beeswax?
A worker bee – which lives only about 35 days in the summer – has special wax producing glands on its abdomen. The younger bees in the hive, those aged between 10 and 18 days old, are responsible for making the beeswax. When it eats honey, the bee’s special gland converts the honey into beeswax, which is then deposited as small flakes on its abdomen. These small flakes of wax are collected by other worker bees, chewed to make them soft, and then shaped into the distinctive honeycomb into which the queen can lay eggs, or worker bees deposit and store pollen and honey. It is estimated that collectively, bees consume about 3kg of honey in order to produce 500gm of wax.
Do you use any perfumes or oils in your beeswax products?
No. All our beeswax products use only 100% beeswax and are handmade in our wax workshop.