Wedderspoon Organic - Beechwood Honey 100% Raw Organic - 17.6 oz. (500 g)
Wedderspoon Organic Beechwood Honey 100% Raw Organic originates from the mountain-based forests of New Zealand's South Island. The sweet aromatic sap is sourced from the beechwood trees and collected by bees. Once in the hive, the process begins of turning the sap into honey. The apiarist extracts the Honeydew Honey from the wax at very low temperatures. Depending on when it is harvested, in the spring or autumn, colors and taste can be quite different. Unlike the Manuka honey, beechwood honey is liquid in texture.
Beechwood honey has the richest mineral content of all honeys:
Another feature of New Zealand’s beechwood honey is the presence of Oligosaccharides (complex sugars) in greater levels than average floral honeys. Oligosaccharides are known as prebiotics because they help promote the growth of friendly bacteria that help balance microflora in the human gastrointestinal tract, particularly after treatment with antibiotics.
Beechwood honeys in general are normally low in glucose and they are also lower in fructose than flower honeys. This low glucose and fructose is supplemented by higher levels of more complex sugars, such as maltose and melezitose. This has the effect of reducing the tendency to crystallize. Beechwood honey is likewise very slow crystallizing and in fact some beechwood honeys never crystallize.
High in Antioxidants
New Zealand beechwood honey is known to have higher levels of antioxidants than most other flower honeys. In a study at Lincoln University, NZ, Forest honey had the highest levels of polyphenolics, one of the most significant classes of antioxidant compounds. Additionally, using the ABTS and ORAC methods for antioxidant calculation. Forest honey consistently ranked near the top of 10 monofloral honey varieties tested. The results of these three tests indicates that New Zealand beechwood honey has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of all New Zealand honeys. Another high ranking honey was Manuka honey.
Facts About Wedderspoon Honey
- 100 % Certified Organic by Agri-Quality in New Zealand and Ecocert Canada, recognized by USDA Organic.
- Unpasteurized and has not been industrially blended or mixed with other honeys.
- All the bee enzymes are still live in the product.
- The bees are not fed sugar and not treated with antibiotics.
- The hives are not sprayed with pesticides.
- Honey is GMO Free.
- Wedderspoon honey has been tested in a private New Zealand Laboratory using the famous Waikato University testing method.
- Each batch of honey is carefully monitored and can be directly traced back to the beekeeper.
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is a highly nutritious, special kind of honey that comes from the Manuka flower nectar gathered by the bees in New Zealand. Manuka is a Maori word that refers to the medicinal flower that grows on both New Zealand's North and South Islands. Manuka Honey is a completely natural, holistic, bio-available and biodegradable product.
Are all honeys organic?
NO! AgriQuality NZ, recognized by Ecocert Canada, the certifying Canadian Organic Body, certifies our OMA honey range. This means their honey is free of pesticides, chemicals and antibiotics, which can not be guaranteed by non-organic or conventional Manuka honeys. Their bees have not been fed Indonesian white refined sugar in the wintertime; our hives are made with environmentally friendly material and situated more than 5 KM from intensive farming. This prevents the bees from receiving any exposure to agricultural chemicals, as their normal flying zone is up to 3 km from their hives. Their Manuka Honey activity levels are also reached naturally and have not been artificially tampered by man.
Some Manuka Honey labels read 100% Pure, does that mean it is organic and better than your products?
This is a common marketing scheme that intentionally misleads the consumer as to just what exactly constitutes pure honey. The honey is not 100% Pure Manuka as is suggested, but is in fact, related to a slogan which is "100% Pure New Zealand." No Manuka Honey can in reality be guaranteed to be 100% Manuka because all honeys contain different pollens that occur naturally in a 5 km radius and found in local flora. Their honey is regularly tested for pollen analysis and contains an industry leading average above the market standards.
Why does the honey crystallize?
Crystallization is normal in any type of honey. Creamed honeys, like their products, have been slightly heated up to slow down the crystallization process. However, low temperature and timing is necessary to preserve the raw unpasteurized state of the honey. Therefore, their honey is provided to you in the best form you could expect it to be, which contains all original nutrients, vitamins, minerals and beneficial live enzymes.
Is Manuka honey related to the Tea Tree in Australia?
Yes, Manuka Honey originates from the Manuka bush (Tree), which is in the same family as the Melaleuca in Australia, otherwise known as Tea Tree, both of which are world renown for their vast healing properties, Manuka having unique properties, not found in other honeys. Simply research the benefits of Manuka Honey online and on valid Scientific websites that could provide a wealth of information.
Can I find Manuka growing in other countries?
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand from the nectar of Manuka flowers. Manuka is an indigenous Maori word, therefore it is native to New Zealand. Being a part of the Leptospermum scoparium variety, the Australian "Jelly Bush" honey should just be called precisely that, as it typically produces a honey that is very noticeably very different in taste and texture. However, despite these big differences, the Australians can technically somewhat call their jelly bush honey as being Manuka because they are somehow related through the Genus Leptospermum. There are approximately 150 non-medicinal varieties of Leptospermum in existence that are not all related to the Tea Tree, nor do ALL the varieties originate from New Zealand.
How do I take Manuka Honey?
Manuka Honey can be taken by the heaping teaspoonful up to 3 times a day depending on your condition. For example, for general digestive maintenance a teaspoon taken daily, at least half an hour before any food is ideal. You can also spread it on a dry cracker or a piece of organic bread.
Can I mix the honey with a hot drink or will I kill its natural properties?
Although the naturally occuring properties of their product remain stable under heat, light or cold conditions, for optimal use, they do strongly recommend to have it consumed raw by the teaspoonful. This will ensure that the healthy bee enzymes remain intact.
How do I store my Wedderspoon Manuka honey once it has been opened?
Organic Manuka honey can be placed in normal storage conditions, as it won't spoil, sitting in your cupboard. In fact, bacteria would have a pretty hard time developing in their honey. However, if the product has been altered, treated with pesticides or chemicals as is commonly the case with non-organic Manuka honey, there is a greater chance of it spoiling or going bad. Because their honey is certified organic and therefore thoroughly free from any pesticides or chemicals, there is no need to refrigerate their products before or after opening. Therefore, you can RELY on their honey for long periods of time and not have any of your money wasted!
What is the difference between the active 12+ and active 16+?
In Canada or the USA, the meaning of these numbers are used to differentiate the quality between two Manuka honeys and approved as titles for Wedderspoon labels. They are not exactly related to other known trademarks such as products licensed by the Unique Manuka Factor Association since such trademarks are covering medical claims, not supported by the Food and Drug Administration or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and therefore not legally approved for foods and honeys. As part of their lab testings, we separate batches from high grade of Manuka from the lower grade, differentiating the active 12+ from the active 16+. Therefore and while our grading system varies from the norm, Wedderspoon believes to have a more appropriate rating system for its honeys, accounting for important factors, mostly omitted and sometimes on purposes by our competition. Such factors could include live enzymes, pollen count, chemical/residue analysis, antioxidant levels, the raw status or unpasteurisation process and various other phytochemical factors found in Manuka honey. It is also important to know that Manuka honey has not uncovered all its benefits and more research needs to be done on the subject. However, Wedderspoon brings you the confidence to provide one of the best quality Manuka line and brand on the market place in North America. For more guarantees and to find out why Wedderspoon is the leading brand of Manuka honey in North America, review the hundreds of testimonials from current users on other online stores and on their website.
Can I find Activity levels in other honeys?
Yes, in fact, their Organic Beechwood Honey also has been tested to contain the same activity found in Manuka Honey. Other honeys such as Clover also contain activity levels, although they are present in very low amounts.
Why is there no expiration date shown on my jar?
Their highly nutritious Organic Manuka Honey, unlike other types of honey, including non-organic Manuka honeys, will never spoil. In fact, the longer you leave it, the better or more concentrated it becomes, like a vintage fine wine!
I am monitoring my carbohydrate intake. How can I include the manuka honey in a low carb diet?
Honey is a natural product unlike white refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. Scientifically, honey is considered to be "opposite" to conventional sugar. It might then be worth including in your diet, with moderation, for the numerous intrinsic health benefits! One Tablespoon of honey contains 17g of carbohydrates.
Is it ok for me to boil, heat, microwave or cook the organic, raw and unpasteurized Manuka honey?
NO! The naturally occurring bee enzymes, which are intact in their raw honeys, are damaged once the honey is boiled, microwaved, or cooked at high temperatures. Organic Manuka Honey was never created with the intention of being pasteurized. Natural, organic, non-commercial honey created by the bees is perfect to start with, so why interfere with the infinite wisdom of Mother Nature? She always knows best!
I know Organic Manuka Honey is great for adults and children above 1 year of age. Can I give it to an infant aged younger than 12 months?
NO! Contrary to some competitors' websites where they intentionally take a huge risk in saying it is ok to give honey to infants, it is not! Infants under 12 months of age do not have a fully developed immune system yet, so they should not be given any kind of honey to eat. Infant botulism is a rare, but serious paralytic disease caused by the spores of a bacterial microorganism, Clostridium botulinum. These spores can germinate, grow and produce toxins in the lower bowel of some infants and pasteurization (sterilization) CANNOT kill such spores. Do not let any competitor tell you any differently! Older children and adults are normally able to ingest the spores without any harm. So whether or not you wish to buy their products for your infants, please consume at your own risk!
Taking Care of the Bees
Supporting organic bees also means fighting the Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and sick bees! Wedderspoon is a strong advocate against conventional practices. Their bees are not fed white refined sugar like conventional bees and are not treated with any antibiotics but with organic honey, helping the immune system of the bees and not denaturing the lives of those hard workers. Their beehives are not sprayed or managed with any pesticides. Wedderspoon tests against a wide variety of chemicals found commonly throughout New Zealand including 250 different chemicals. This is neither mandatory for conventional Manuka products nor certified by a third-party company. Organic beekeeping also means all the natural bee enzymes are still live and intact in their products.
Did You Know That...
The ancient Egyptian beekeepers used honey nearly 4,000 years ago to sweeten their food. It was highly valued because of its therapeutic qualities. The consumption of high-energy honey, both before conception and to promote fertility, was as important as the inclusion of honey as an ingredient in embalming fluid.
In mythology, Zeus, the king of Greek gods, was fed nectar from queen bees during his childhood and honey became known as Ambrosia, the food of the gods. Like the Egyptians, honey was also thought to prolong life and give strength, which we know still holds true.
Bees were only introduced to Australia in 1822 and to New Zealand in 1839. It seems surprising, given that some of the most famous honeys in the world, like Manuka, come from these countries, that there were no indigenous species of bees before these dates. The Manuka oil and Manuka leaves were only used to heal burns and used in teas before then.
The bee propolis, found in their Organic Manuka Lozenges, is a natural resin that is collected by the bees from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. When taken back to the hive, the resin is mixed with wax and is used by the bees for a variety of protective, as well as defensive purposes. Furthermore, humans have been using it for over 3,000 years, to great benefit! The bee propolis is made of about 50% resin, 30% wax, 10% essential oils and 5% pollen.
People in South America gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water every morning, so that their breath stays fresh throughout the day.
Bees collectively fly 55,000 miles to make a pound of honey. That's the equivalent of flying one and a half times around the world. So, this should give you some food for thought when you consider the value of your jar of Manuka honey. What marvelous, busy workers!
Before he died, aged 113, in November 2004, Maine beekeeper Fred Hale was the oldest (documented) man in the world. He was still driving a car at age 107 and shoveling snow at 112. I suppose the bee stings kept all his pains at bay or his wife was an excellent cook!
The son of a New Zealand commercial beekeeper, Sir Edmund Hillary and his brother owned 1,200 hives. Along with Tenzing Norgay, he first scaled Mount Everest in May 1953.
Napoleon Bonaparte used the bee as a personal symbol of his immortality. His red cape is remembered for its bee print. Bees had been a symbol of royal families in France since the era of the Merovingian dynasty. In addition, bees were considered as the oldest emblem of the sovereigns of France.
Ramses III, Egyptian Pharaoh, king and deity from 1198 to 1167 BC, offered a lesser river god a 30,000 lb honey sacrifice by dumping honey into the Nile. Talk about sweet water!
Known for her exquisite complexion, Queen Cleopatra would bathe in milk and honey as part of her beauty regimen. Try our Manuka Honey soap with goat's milk and oatmeal, (OMADERM), and discover for yourself the beauty secrets of the ancient world. The secret has bee'n resurrected!
Organic honey is almost impossible to produce commercially in Europe because the flying range of bees, 3 miles (4.8 km) will nearly always be within reach of conventional agriculture, where harmful chemicals will have been used in one way or another, and will show up in residual amounts.
Nomadic travellers take honey and water across deserts, and honey has been used to sweeten tea and coffee for centuries.
So as you can see, the wisdom of the usage of honey and its benefits was long known before "science". Join the ranks of the long, ancient list of the healthy!
For Your Well-BEE-ing
Live Enzymes & Superfoods...
Experts agree it is a good idea to load up on whole foods that contain live enzymes. Organic Raw Unpasteurized Manuka Honey and other products from Wedderspoon offer you this opportunity... on top of being considered one of nature's top superfoods! You can't go wrong with something that is as sweet as Manuka Honey and so good for you!
Wedderspoon's Honey is 100% Raw Certified Organic by Ecocert Canada, recognized by Canadian Food Inspection Agency's new regulations on Organic policies for Canada and abroad. You can rest assured that their products contain only unpasteurized honey that has not been blended or mixed with other honeys. Only certified organic can guarantee this as honey board regulations in Canada and the USA do not regulate the import of honey for these major components.
Caring for the Planet
It just makes good environmental sense, to Bee Conscious...
Supporting organic honey means you are not supporting conventional commercial pesticide crops and are looking for something more ethical for a healthier planet. It always comes full-circle: taking care of the bees to take care of our bodies, also takes care of the planet we live on. The Wedderspoon line is also GMO FREE.
Choosing Wedderspoon Manuka
The True Goodness Of Full Integrity = Wedderspoon
A few years back, Wedderspoon noticed non-organic Manuka honeys appearing on the market with higher activity numbers, supplying a demand based on misinformation and cleverly deceptive marketing strategies, believing that the abnormally high activity numbers indicated on the Manuka Honey would work like supplements or vitamins.
Indeed, it is quite a shame that some "profits above all" mandate-oriented corporations are just more than willing to unethically and knowingly, deceive the health-seeking consumer in order to increase their profits. They would go to the extent of saying that the activity was reached by fermenting the honey. While they do not support fermentation as a healthy method for any food items, they also do not believe this is the true reason behind the high numbers found on the market place today.
At Wedderspoon Organic, they consciously care about ethical company values and the optimum health of their product consumers. In that regard, they are not willing to support artificially higher Manuka honey activity levels, as they simply do not manipulate their Manuka honey through the damaging extreme hot & cold temperature gradient processes in order to provide risky, possibly dangerous higher activity levels. Therefore, since they have done their part in providing full, honest disclosure in order to respect their intelligent consumers, it is your reciprocal task as an informed, proactive consumer to know your activity numbers and educate others on what is out there.
Wedderspoon's role as an industry leading organically certified Manuka Honey provider is to wisely not tamper with the wisdom of Mother Nature and to ensure that their honey activity levels do not exceed 16+ because this is what we gather naturally from the Manuka flower. Currently, Wedderspoon is the one and only true voice of organically certified Manuka honeys and organic Manuka honey products, sourced from the South Island of New Zealand. Their line has also been known for its high quality for the last 7 years in Canada.
Organic Manuka Active vs. other brands
Therefore, they believe that their OMA (Organic Manuka Active) designation provides for a higher standard designation, due to their ethical processing techniques. Their smooth, raw, unpasteurized honey carries the full benefits of live, intact bee enzymes along with being very rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients. At Wedderspoon Organic, they are able to achieve these unrivaled results due to taking the utmost care in preparing the Manuka honey and ensuring that their Manuka honey constantly maintains the highest leading average pollen count in the industry.
As far as the quality of the Manuka honey is concerned, most non-organic Manuka honey suppliers would rather focus on creating alternative marketing slogans such as touting their products as being "100% Pure New Zealand" in order to sell their products. Furthermore, the adage "Pure Manuka honey" is directly false because as normally occurs in nature, any type of honey, including Manuka, would contain at least 5% or more of a different non-Manuka source of floral pollen. This is due to none of the agricultural crops in the fields being actively controlled for extraneous wild flower pollen sources, as the Manuka flower bushes are often located nearby.
Authentic Manuka Pollen Counts
On average, Manuka honey typically would have a pollen count of about 70%. However, some other sources of Manuka honey are sold to various countries around the world in commercially sized large drums and are then manipulated or mixed with other local floral honeys. The next step that has been seen elsewhere is to double pasteurize the honey, which destroys the live beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals, which is easily noticed through the AMF testing method, mostly supported in the European Union. Finally, this significantly altered honey is then sold on the shelf in a liquid form, as it is seen today in the United Kingdom. In stark contrast, their latest batches of Manuka honey contain an average pollen count of 90%, which is the highest level in the industry today. On average, Wedderspoon Organic has had its honey products tested for Manuka pollen count levels ranging between 85% and 95%, while the typical standard in the predominantly non-organic industry would be between 60% and 70%.
Stringent Organic Certification Bodies
Within the Manuka honey industry, manufacturers are generally aware that Manuka honey crystallizes within 24 hours of being extracted from the bee hives and the honey needs to be slowly heated in order to pour it into the jars. The double proofing verification under Organic Certification bodies such as Agri-Quality (NZ) and subsequently, by Ecocert Canada check to ensure that the organic Manuka honey does not reach a temperature exceeding 28 degrees Celsius or close to what we would have in our normal summers. This is an ideal temperature found to enable the pouring of the honey, while preserving its valuable raw and unpasteurized properties at the same time. The Organic Certification bodies also conduct the important checks for any traces of pesticides or chemical residues often found in non-organic honey, which is amazingly and disconcertingly, not checked for by the UMF Association! In addition, Organic Certification standards exceed those of Kosher standards because the latter permits for harmful chemicals or pesticides to be in the product.
Another important feature of our Organic Manuka honey is that we adhere to strict organic beekeeping standards, which enables the bees to thrive in an environmentally safe and sound manner. Bees are a very important and critical part of many ecosystems throughout the world due to their pollinating abilities. Wedderspoon Organic ™ has access to an average of 1 MILLION acres of land with its environmentally friendly bee hives in New Zealand. Due to the accessed acreage being established in the most remote places of New Zealand, the nearest industrial area would be located at a distance of more than 100 kilometers from any of the bee hive sites. Our vast coverage simply cannot be challenged by conventional, non-organic beekeepers on the North Island of New Zealand, which is where most of the commercially, non-organic Manuka honey is coming from.
Furthermore, we do not permit our beekeepers to implement harvesting "short-cuts" used by many non-organic beekeeping corporations. Conventional non-organic beekeeping involves feeding the bees a liquid form of white refined sugar from Indonesia in the wintertime, so the beekeepers can take 100% of the honey from the beehives. We believe this practice depletes the immune system of the bees and when 100% of the honey is removed every year, this stresses the whole colony and may potentially be responsible for the worldwide spread of Bee Colony Collapse Disorder or linked to the disappearance of bees (more research needs to be done in this field, obviously). Secondly, conventional non-organic beekeepers use toxic chemical strips in the beehives to rid them of harmful pests. Organic beekeepers ethically use organically approved methods to kill such pests, using either essential oils or other non-toxic solutions, which are usually three times more labour intensive, hence the higher cost for organically certified Manuka honey. If a substance or chemical is not good for the bees, how on earth can it be good for you or your loved ones?
Today, the Organic Manuka honeys produced by Wedderspoon Organic have been used safely by many happy customers around the world, who have benefited from the highest "all-around" quality in terms of texture and certifications. We believe that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right!
Wedderspoon uses the purest organic and raw ingredients available on the market place. They have carefully reviewed the efficiency and quality of each item going into the Wedderspoon brand. Governing bodies in New Zealand wrote that Wedderspoon honeys are coming from one of the purest region of the world. Wedderspoon thanks them for that and can only hope you can also keep spreading the word about them, not just the honey!Their success is the simple reflection of your choice, so they thank you for your continued support and are glad to see that their products work for you too!
When Catherine and Sebastien Martin noticed there was no Manuka Honey in the Canadian or US market place knowing how valuable the product was, they researched the differences that did exist in New Zealand between all Manuka honeys and it was a tedious well worth it job. By sourcing the best, Sebastien and Catherine wanted an organically certified honey that was free of chemicals and pesticide residues with a high pollen count. Many Manuka Honeys in New Zealand did not offer a sufficient level of Manuka pollen count and yet were sold as Manuka honey, focusing mainly on the activity levels of the Manuka to sell their products.
Since Catherine was the last of her lineage, she asked the permission from her mother to use the Wedderspoon name to start their family business. The response was: "As long as you stick to high quality products. I don't want our reputation to go down the drain!" Coming from a reputable family in England, Catherine did not want to deceive her mother and Wedderspoon Organic, Inc was created in November 2005 with the exact mentality of always exceeding expectations to please its customers and Catherine's mother! Wedderspoon was created with the unique mindset of providing genuine organically certified Manuka products with a high pollen count going way above guidelines and has been the leader in the industry for the last 6 years in the organic world. As a young, innovative company Wedderspoon based its principles on ethical production and fine feed technique so the consumer would not end up with coarse grainy honey while still providing an unpasteurized, raw and organically certified Manuka honey from New Zealand. Providing today up to 30 items all made of high quality ingredients, Wedderspoon provides excellent customer service and educates its customers on the quality of the products it carries, benefiting nature, the bees, the organic industry but most importantly, you!
The focus of Wedderspoon is to bring its customers superior quality products, which benefit both themselves and the environment. All Wedderspoon products are BPA Free and have been tested against 150 different chemicals and pesticides residues, which is not the case for conventional Manuka honeys as a rule.
Today, Wedderspoon Organic continues to rapidly grow, offering continued excellence in its wide choice of products and is establishing itself as the one true voice of the Manuka Honey in North America. They will continue to offer an even wider range of products online, in health food stores and at quality retailers around the globe. Based in Duncan, Vancouver Island (BC), their quality products can be purchased online and in North America, as far north as Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories to the far eastern St. John's in Newfoundland for Canada and down to South America as well.
Wedderspoon is committed to providing their customers with ethical, premium organically certified Manuka honey, other raw and rare specialty honeys New Zealand has to offer such as organic Rata, organic Dandelion and organic Beechwood Honey. Wedderspoon also recommends other customers' favorites like its Organic Manuka Lozenges (Kids and Adult), lip balms, soaps. Create a sensation in your home at your dinner parties or with your loved ones using Wedderspoon very unique homemade true Organic Manuka Beeswax candles! They come in all shape and sizes! Enjoy and Bee Happy shopping!