About Honey

All About Western Australia Raw Honey

At Honeyhaven Honey™ we specialise in raw Australian honey. Raw honey means that the honey is unprocessed and all of the natural vitamins, minerals, living enzymes and other nutritional elements are preserved. Collected straight from the extractor, raw honey is slightly warmed for free flow to bottle but remains unheated and unpasteurised. Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food and contains ingredients similar to those found in fruits, which become alkaline in the digestive system. Unlike sugar, honey doesn't ferment in the stomach and can be used to counteract indigestion. Raw food enthusiasts love honey for its exceptional nutritional value and its amylase to predigest starchy foods like breads. 

Commercial vs. Raw Honey

Most honey found in the supermarket is not raw honey but "commercial" honey, some of which has been pasteurised (heated at 70 degrees or more, followed by rapid cooling). This enables easy filtering and bottling, so that it appears cleaner, smoother and more appealing on the shelves. Pasteurisation kills any yeast cell in the honey and prevents fermentation, which is a concern for storing honey with high moisture content over a long period, especially in warm weather. Heating also slows down the speed of crystallisation in liquid honey. However, when honey is heated, its delicate aromas, yeast and enzymes, which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in our body, are partially destroyed. 

What Is Active Honey?

All Honeyhaven Honey™ active honeys are tested and verified for activity by an independent laboratory in accordance to world standard testing methods. Honey Haven™ Jarrah honey is specifically tested for its bacteria-killing scale (phenol) — total antimicrobial activity.

This antimicrobial quality is measured by the term ‘Total Activity’ (TA) and includes a number to determine its antimicrobial strength. The higher the TA level, the higher the antimicrobial strength. Depending on the purity, raw Jarrah honey can have a TA of more than 38+, which is remarkably high.

The Jarrah Honey

Jarrah Honey is only found here in Western Australia. The Jarrah (Eucalyptus Marginata) tree is a large, native tree unique to Western Australia. It grows in our rich, environmentally pristine native forests and is usually found extending from Gingin, north of Perth to as far south as Albany, prevalent in the Darling Range of the State. The Jarrah tree generally flowers every two years, from December through to January. The trees produce a profusion of flowers that come alive with the buzz of bees busily collecting pollen and the rich nectar to make this special honey.

Jarrah honey is a dark, thick honey with caramel consistency and a full-bodied, nutty malt flavour. It is not as sweet as other honeys due to its low glucose level. For this reason, Jarrah honey will not crystallise and it also has a lower GI. Jarrah honey is considered a prized honey amongst beekeepers as the forests that it comes from dwindle in size from dieback and clearing. Delicious in all cuisine or simply enjoyed by itself, Jarrah honey is not only smooth on the palate but has amazing healing abilities.

Protecting Our Jarrah Forests

Jarrah trees are very slow-growing, taking up to 120 years to reach maturity, and live for up 1,000 years. The trees grow up to 40 metres tall with trunks up to 3 metres in diameter. It has a large green canopy and a brown-fissured bark that can withstand intense forest fires. Jarrah flowers are produced in profusion every second year if temperatures exceed 25˚C with adequate rainfall. When it is in full flower, it is simply magnificent. The flowers are carried on the tips of the branches and the whole tree can be covered in beautiful creamy flowers. Jarrah generally flowers from December through to January in the early summer of Western Australia once every two years.

The Jarrah forest is unique to Western Australia and is home to the Marri (Corymbiacalophylla), Forest Blackbutt (E. patens) and Bull Banksia (Banksiagrandis), thousands of wildflowers and about 150 different species of birds, 45 reptiles and 29 mammals. Jarrah honey is in short supply because of the diminishing forest reserves, unpredictable climate, dieback and wildfires. Jarrah honey is highly sought after by Western Australian Beekeepers who are finding it increasingly difficult to harvest. Continuing clearing of Jarrah trees in WA forests coupled with high fuel costs contribute to production difficulties.

Storing Your Raw Honey

If your honey goes solid, (also known as crystallisation which is a natural occurrence for honey), place sealed honey container in a pot of hot water or in warmer weather, place honey tub into a black bag & stand in the sun, the heat will re-liquify the honey. Some varieties of honey will crystallise quicker than others and this in no way effects the quality of the honey. Liquid honey is best stored in an airtight container in a dry place at room temperature.

Find out more about our honey by contacting us on +61 8928 74600, or take a look at our range of honey available online