Wedderspoon Raw Beechwood Honey originates from the mountain-based forests of New Zealand's South Island. The sweet aromatic sap is sourced from the beechwood trees and collected by bees. Once in the hive, the process begins of turning the sap into honey. The apiarist extracts the Honeydew Honey from the wax at very low temperatures. Depending on when it is harvested, in the spring or autumn, colors and taste can be quite different. Unlike the Manuka honey, beechwood honey is liquid in texture.
Beechwood honey has the richest mineral content of all honeys:
Another feature of New Zealand's beechwood honey is the presence of Oligosaccharides (complex sugars) in greater levels than average floral honeys. Oligosaccharides are known as prebiotics because they help promote the growth of friendly bacteria that help balance microflora in the human gastrointestinal tract.
Beechwood honeys in general are normally low in glucose and they are also lower in fructose than flower honeys. This low glucose and fructose is supplemented by higher levels of more complex sugars, such as maltose and melezitose. This has the effect of reducing the tendency to crystallize. Beechwood honey is likewise very slow crystallizing and in fact some beechwood honeys never crystallize.
High in Antioxidants
New Zealand beechwood honey is known to have higher levels of antioxidants than most other flower honeys. In a study at Lincoln University, NZ, Forest honey had the highest levels of polyphenolics, one of the most significant classes of antioxidant compounds. Additionally, using the ABTS and ORAC methods for antioxidant calculation. Forest honey consistently ranked near the top of 10 monofloral honey varieties tested. The results of these three tests indicates that New Zealand beechwood honey has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of all New Zealand honeys. Another high ranking honey was Manuka honey.
Wedderspoon is committed to providing ethical, premium organically certified Manuka honey and other raw and rare specialty New Zealand honeys.
Experts agree it is a good idea to load up on whole foods that contain live enzymes. Organic Raw Unpasteurized Manuka Honey and other products from Wedderspoon offer this opportunity, on top of being considered one of nature's top superfoods!
You can rest assured that products contain only unpasteurized honey that has not been blended or mixed with other honeys. Only certified organic can guarantee this as honey board regulations in Canada and the USA do not regulate the import of honey for these major components. The Wedderspoon line is also GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) FREE.
Supporting organic honey means you are not supporting conventional commercial pesticide crops and are looking for something more ethical for a healthier planet. It always comes full-circle: taking care of the bees to take care of our bodies, also takes care of the planet we live on.
Supporting organic bees also means fighting the Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and sick bees. Wedderspoon is a strong advocate against conventional practices. Wedderspoon's bees are not fed white refined sugar like conventional bees and are not treated with any antibiotics but with organic honey, helping the immune system of the bees and not denaturing the lives of those hard workers.
The beehives are not sprayed or managed with any pesticides. Wedderspoon tests against a wide variety of chemicals found commonly throughout New Zealand including 250 different chemicals. This is neither mandatory for conventional Manuka products nor certified by a third-party company.
Organic beekeeping also means all the natural bee enzymes are still live and intact in the products.