Which Honey is Right for Me? A crash course on Happy Valley's honeys
Welcome to the crash course on the various different honeys at Happy Valley. We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s get into it!
First of all, what makes different honey, different? Many different factors contribute to the flavour, colour and consistency of the honey. However, the main way we differentiate honey is based on the flower the bees foraged from. Since this is the key indicator we use, it makes sense to name the honey after said flower.
The purest forms of Mānuka honey tend to be referred to as monofloral. Monofloral are created when the bees only visit, you guessed it, one flower. So, the beehives must be placed in a site that the Mānuka flower dominants. The bee will return to the hive with Mānuka nectar, ready to craft the purest Mānuka honey possible.
It should be noted however, that it’s inevitable to prevent traces of other floral sources. However, our monofloral Mānuka honey contains abundant levels of the beneficial compounds unique to Mānuka! And this is all tested in a lab to ensure that it is genuine and quality.
If the name didn’t already give it away, field honeys are made from pollen of field flowers. These include clover, wildflower and borage which are found in New Zealand’s valleys and fields.
Which is best for you?
- Clover Honey – Has a mild taste, with hints of sweet vanilla bean, coconut, pineapple and citrus flavours. Its consistency has been compared to fudge.
- Wildflower Honey – Has a rich, sweet taste. It has both a fragrant multi-floral flavour and aroma.
- Borage Honey – Has a mild, sweet flavour. It has a rather chewy texture, rather toffee-like.
Our native honeys are crafted from plants and trees commonly found within New Zealand’s native bush. These honeys bring to life the flavours of the pristine and rural New Zealand forest.
Which is best for you?
- Mānuka Blend Honey – Has the rich Mānuka honey flavour, but slightly milder than UMF standard Mānuka.
- Rewarewa Honey – Has a rich caramel-like taste, with a slight malty, bitter aftertaste.
- Kamahi Honey – Has a sweet flavour, with a range of flavours that make it ideal for sweetening dishes. The texture is smooth and creamy.
- Tawari Honey – Has a sweet taste, similar to that of butterscotch.
- Pōhutukawa Honey – Has a sweet, floral taste, with a hint of salty sea breezes.