The Honey

This beautiful honey is collected by hand and created by hand all the way to the table and it retains 100% of its nutritional value because it is spun straight off the honeycomb and is not heat treated in any way.

There is an abundance of native trees on Roebuck cattle station for the bees to collect their nectar. The main varietals are salt water paperbark (melaleuca), bloodwood, white gum and mangrove.

Our Raw Bush Honey is pure and natural honey produced locally in pristine environments.

Using an extraction facility in Broome, we can produce anywhere between 700 and 800 kilograms of honey on a good day.

 

THE MELALEUCA HONEY

Melaleuca honey is originally from Australia, this tea tree is related to the Manuka. Manuka honey and Melaleuca honey contain many of the same therapeutic phenolic acids and are very similar. Melaleuca is well know for its topical properties.

Traditionally, the paperbark of the Melaleuca Tree was used by the Indigenous for thousands of year to treat wounds, for medicine and sustenance. 

But what makes this melaleuca so special is when it was tested, the results came back with a total activity of 26.6... which is right up there with the best active honey. 

 

WHAT DOES TOTAL ACTIVITY (TA) MEAN? 

The terms "Active" and "TA" are abbreviations for Total Activity. They combine the Total Activity, both the Peroxide Activity levels and Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA) levels of the Honey.

The TA is like a bacteria killing scale; the higher the TA the greater the antimicrobial strength. The anti-bacterial activity of honey is derived via natural enzymes in the honey.

Anything greater than Total Activity of 10+ can have beneficial antimicrobial properties, and these properties are more effective as the TA level increases. Note that the UMF value on Manuka honey is essentially the same as a TA value, but the antimicrobial activity is generated by different chemical processes.

Scientifically testing their Melaleuca Honey product has only confirmed generations of Indigenous knowledge on Yawuru country.

"I think a lot of people — particularly Aboriginal people — know the history of these saltwater paperbark trees, and the fact they have very strong medicinal qualities"  - Yawuru Elder.

 

THE HISTORY OF MELALEUCA

The usefulness of Melaleuca alternifolia remained a secret of southeast Australia until 1770, when Captain James Cook landed there and observed the Aborigines brewing tea from the tree’s leaves. Won over by the tea, Cook collected leaves to be used as he and his crew sailed on.

However, it would take over one-and-a-half centuries for the therapeutic value of Melaleuca alternifolia to be rediscovered. In 1922, Arthur de Ramon Penfold, an Australian chemist, issued a report on the usefulness of tea tree oil. By the Second World War, the oil was standard issue for Australian and British soldiers alike. It was so effective and versatile that the soldiers dubbed it “first aid kit in a bottle.”

In 1985, a then-fledgling Melaleuca and its founder, Frank L. VanderSloot, began harvesting Melaleuca alternifolia. Since then, Melaleuca has introduced thousands of people all over the world to the soothing, healing powers of the highest-quality Melaleuca Oil.

 

OUR OTHER VARIETIES

The Bloodwood Honey comes from the nectar of the Bloodwood Tree or the Tropical Eucalypt and used by indigenous culture to heal wounds. This honey has a rich caramelised toffee flavour with a thick texture. 

It produces a nectar that is dark. This Nectar flows during the build up to the Wet Season, from November, and the trees continue to flower until March.

The Watermelon Honey is from the nectar of the Watermelon, holding a richness and depth with fruity undertones, it tastes like sunshine. Texture that can thicken over time. 

During the months of June to November, a percentage of hives are moved to a watermelon farm south of Broome for the purposes of pollinating melon. The bees collect nectar from the small yellow flowers and the honey has a light floral taste.