We depend on bees for our survival. Without them we'd have no crops to eat and no food for animals to create produce. We may take bees for granted - but they are vital for stable, healthy food supplies. They are integral to ensuring that we can continue the varied and nutritious diet we need in order to thrive.
For this reason, we are doing our part to ensure the long-term survival of bees.
Our honey is produced by bees that range freely through farmlands where they polinate and protect crops from unwanted invaders.
While honey is available from almost every continent on earth, South Africa imports many different types (including cheap poor quality product), our honey is produced locally and is 100% South African.
In this way we are able to support local producers, and through these partnerships combined with stringent quality controls, we are able to provide consumers with the best quality, raw and organic, South African honey.
As South Africans ourselves, we believe in stimulating the local economy, the importance of job creation and keeping things local.
The production of honey has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years, with humans harvesting wild honey as far back as 7000 BCE based on pottery shards found throughout the Middle East. It is only in recent times (from the 18th century) that methods were used to facilitate the collection of honey without destroying the hive or killing the bees inside.
Beekeeping has significantly advanced over the years, and the vast majority of bee-keepers employ modern, manufactured hives that allow for sections of honey filled comb to be removed in a manner that makes it easier to harvest the honey and is less stressful to the bees.
Although all honey is essentially produced by bees, not all honey goes through the same processing. We keep our processing to the bare minimum and only strain the honey to remove small pieces of wax and honeycomb.
All imported honey is irradiated by law, this is done in order to kill any pathogens or bacteria and to protect South African bees. Irradiated honey may be safe to eat but the process kills useful bacteria in the honey and changes it, making it less wholesome.
So it's important to know where your honey comes from and what processing it has undergone, as even some South African honey can go through irradiation and/or adulturation (where sugars, syrups and other non-desirables are added to the honey).
The simplest form of processing is straining, which is the only processing that our honey goes through, making it the most natural and healthiest form of honey available. Other forms of processing include pasteurisation, heated filtration and ultrasonication, all of which are damaging and result in a honey that is less healthy for you.
Also known as adulturation, this is possibly the worst crime perpetrated
against honey. Adulturated honey is often thinned out with water and sweetened with syrups and/or sugars. This is done in order for suppliers to provide you with reduced prices, but you're also getting less honey, fewer benefits, and ingesting any number of harmful additives.
Raw honey has numerious health properties, from lowering your cholestrol and strengthening your heart when made a part of your diet, to clearing your skin when correctly applied.
It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and contains antioxidants, all of which are beneficial in relieving rashes, sore throats, burns, grazes and scarring.
Just remember that these benefits are derived from raw honey, so don't expect the same results from a product that has been over-processed or adulturated.
Honey contains anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which will considerably improve the condition of your skin. With just a few drops of honey, you can use it as a moisturizer, pore cleanser and even a treatment to acne.
It has the ability to absorb moisture from the air and transfer it to the skin. Your face then receives the hydration it needs that lasts longer and stays in the layers where it is most needed.
Honey contains no cholesterol and its vitamins contribute to decreasing the levels of bad cholesterol.
Daily consumption of honey has a beneficial effect on the level of antioxidant compounds in the body that can fight against excess cholesterol.
Honey is the perfect, non-drug and healthy way to fight cholesterol.
Research has shown that the antioxidants in honey prevent arteries from narrowing.
On a daily basis, drinking a glass of water mixed with a few spoonfuls of honey can be enough to prevent cardiovascular failure.
If you are standing in the store contemplating which honey to get, bear in mind that dark honey has the biggest number of antioxidants.
Watching your weight? Doctors recommend excluding all sugar-based sweets but not honey. This is because unlike refined sugars, honey contains minerals and vitamins beneficial to your body.
Honey boosts your metabolism which is essential for weight loss. Honey also contains fibre, protein, and water, so it is not just empty calories.