Certified Australian Organic Honey
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Capilano Honey has launched our first Australian Certified Organic Honey, connecting with one of the fastest growing food trends, following a strong demand for Australian produce straight from our Organic Hive sites.
Like our Natural Honey Range, the certified 340 gram Organic product aims to promote a ‘hive to home’ experience with the honey sourced from certified organic hives in pristine regions of Australia, including West of Bourke, the Channel Country, Brisbane Scenic Rim and the pristine forestry and park regions of the of NSW.
Interestingly, even the bee’s diets need to be completely organic to maintain certification!
“Our organic honey really reflects the region and land that it comes from, like a good pure wine, honey takes on the flavour and characteristics of seasonal changes, native flora and regional nuances.” Capilano Head Bee, Dr Ben McKee.
The push for organic products is led from a ‘buzzing’ consumer and professional demand.
Is All Honey Organic?
Capilano’s normal premium blend is pure natural honey from Australian hives and native flowers, which can be classed in nature as ‘organic’ coming from clean country hives. Having a Certified Australian Organic honey simply means that certain beekeepers have invested and elected to be part of the certification program, which has auditors verify sites as ‘officially organic’ against a set of tight guidelines. Maintaining Australian Organic Certification is a time consuming and skilled art for bee keepers.
To be officially certified, hives must be made from organic materials and only exposed to organic environments and beekeeping techniques in the preparation of the honey. Sites have to be regularly audited to meet a rigorous checklist of requirements to reach certification, including not being within a 5km radius of all normal farms & agricultural land that don’t use organic methods.
The native flora the honey is extracted from, right down to the diet of the bees themselves needs to be balanced and certified organic.
Organic beekeeping is very difficult and takes great skill on the part of the beekeeper to maintain hive strength with only organic measures to protect the colony against natural predators and sickness.
The release of the organic is timely with winter and spring food trends for simple, wholesome dishes as well as popular cold and flu remedies such as herbal teas which take advantage of honeys minerals, amino acids, digestive enzymes and antibacterial properties and vitamins (A, B1, B6, B12, C, D, E).
Capilano Organic Honey adds a beautiful flavour to cooking, especially as a healthy and pure sugar substitute. Try it to flavour stir-frys, salads, roasted vegetables through to cakes, slices and classic Aussie desserts such as Pavlova.
The Capilano 340 gram organic retails for $5.49 from Woolworths.
You can find out more about the Australian Certified Organic logo and process here.