Solar Extracted Wild Coastal Honey
We have 2 types of honey in store from Trevor Thompson in Umhlahl – a famous bee keeper in the area.
Both are raw, unheated honeys – one is from surrounding hives from Trevor’s farm and neigboring macademia farms, neither of which use pesticides.
The solar extracted wild honey is from wild hives around the coast and so contains a higher amount of propolis.
Here is an explanation from Trevor himself about what solar extracted wild honey is all about:
‘Wild’ honey is not from any particular pollination crop and therefore varies slightly in color from batch to batch. It is always darker in color however, because of the way it is extracted from the comb. Wild honeycomb cannot be ‘spun’ or extracted in the conventional manner. Because it is in tree trunks and other odd shaped hives, the bees have used a lot of propolis so strengthen and seal up their natural hive. Consequently, wild honeycombs contain far more propolis than those in commercial bee boxes. To extract the honey from these combs we place the broken up comb on stainless steel gauze over a container, and then this is placed in a glass covered insulated box, in natural sunlight. The sunlight gently melts the comb. The honey, propolis and wax all melt into the container below. As soon as it is done, the container is removed from the sunlight, and the wax then solidifies on top of the honey. Once the wax sheet is removed the honey, darkened by melted propolis, is ready to be bottled! Solar Extracted Wild honey has the ‘full’ honey flavor, just as if one is biting into the comb itself! The wax and propolis give it a wonderful ‘caramel’ flavor with all the wonderful health properties thrown in!
Propolis is a resinous substance manufactured by bees and used in the hive for sealing up crevices and unwanted openings. It has wonderful natural anti-biotic properties and is widely used in medicines and ointments. It helps the bees to maintain a sterile environment in the beehive. As it has a slightly higher melting point than wax, so it is also used to line the individual cells of the comb for strengthening, and for attaching the comb structurally.”