Creamed honey is created in the traditional European manner by stirring selected mild honeys with a proportion of previously creamed honey and allowing to set. This forms a delicious 100% honey spread.
The nectar sources for creamed honey are the spring flowering pastures and crops on Kangaroo Island. These plants rely upon pollination by bees to set seeds and yield a generous supply of nectar. Spring flora honey is produced from various spring flowering species such as clover, lucerne, canola, capeweed and other pasture plants.
Pollination by bees can result in an increase of up to 30% in yield, with larger and heavier seeds resulting. The bees also benefit in that the pollen collected for feeding to their brood is high in essential proteins and amino acids.
Cup Gum (so named for the large sized gum nuts, compared with other species) is an hardy Eucalypt, growing as an understory plant with a height of 2 to 5 meters in undisturbed scrub but developing into a substantial tree to about 10 meters where space permits.
Cup Gum is native to the Mt. Lofty Ranges and Kangaroo Island, often existing on acid, infertile soils along creeks and watercourses. The timber is a favored choice by wood-turners for small craft objects.
The trees flower annually from late autumn through early winter yielding a rich smooth textured honey with a hint of caramel flavour.
Different species of Eucalypt flower in cycles on Kangaroo Island varying from annual to up to 7 years. The nectar sources for Eucalypt label honey are selected eucalypts yielding a full depth flavour medium density , medium to dark amber colour honey.
Many eucalypts grow as mallee (meaning multi-trunked) and are valuable as shelter belts, sources of firewood and posts and as homes to wild life, such as kangaroos, wallabies, possums and birds.
SUGAR GUM (Eucalyptus cladocalyx)
Sugar Gum is native to South Australia, occurring on the southern Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island and Eyre Peninsula, Large stands of mature age trees exist along water-courses on Kangaroo Island which is perhaps the only area where Sugar Gum can be harvested as a pure varietal honey on an annual basis. The honey is light in colour with a creamy sweet flavour and is a premium quality table honey.
The light yellowish-brown timber is hard, heavy and used for poles, construction and fencing. Sugar Gum trees are known for dropping large branches in windy conditions creating nesting hollows for birds and possums.
With a height of between 14 to 10 meters, Sugar Gum is a valuable shelter belt tree and wind break, growing well on a variety of soils.
Wildflower sources vary according to the season. It is a full-flavoured, medium to dark amber, medium density honey. Bees will forage for nectar only when the temperature is over 14 degrees so the winter honey harvest extends over several months during which time several different species may be in bloom.
Wildflower honey is collected from flowering species of banksia, hakea, melaleucas and flowering annuals.
Hog Bay Apiary are accredited by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia as certified organic producers for the liquid honey range. The guidelines for certified organic honey include specifications for hive materials and preparations, apiary sites, nectar sources from native vegetation or spontaneous vegetation, cold extraction, honey settling , storing and processing without exceeding 45C. and bottling at ambient temperature. No chemicals or antibiotics are used in apiary management.
These procedures are audited annually by N.A.S.A.A.
For further information on the Ligurian bee sanctuary and Kangaroo Island honey, please see our web site or contact us direct.
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