Organic Autumn Forest Honeydew
Wedderspoon Organic is proud to launch the latest edition to our high quality honey range.
Named after the beads of of nectar that reflect the morning light, Autumn Forest Honeydew is similar in consistency to maple syrup and has a floral taste.
Organic Autumn Forest Honeydew originates in the mountain-based rain forests of New Zealand's South Island.
This sweet aromatic sap is sourced from the beech trees by bees who suck up the sap, storing it in their honey sac and fly to the hive where it is transferred to the house bee.
Once in the hive the process begins of turning the sap into honey. The apiarist extracts the honey dew from the wax. The honey comb is warmed to help with the release of the honey.
Rich in Minerals
Honeydew has the richest minerals of all honeys; these minerals include calcium, zinc, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, phosphorous, selenium, chromium and sodium.
Antibacterial and antioxidant properties
Honeydew has been used in folk medicine as a treatment for heartburn, acid reflux, stomach soreness and other internal distress. Perhaps the reason it is so effective is the honeydew contain significant levels of oligosaccharides. Oligosaccharides are complex sugars found in some foods that encourage the growth of beneficial bacterial in the digestive tract. Oligosaccharides are known as prebiotics because they help promote the growth of friendly bacteria that help balance microflora in the human gastrointestinal track. Honeydew contains larger amounts of oligosaccharides (about 5%) than nectar honey.
Activity of Honeydew
Some regions of the South Island of New Zealand produce Active Manuka honey and honeydew. ‘Active' refers to the antibacterial activity of the honey that is unaffected by enzymes in the body that destroy the other healing factors. This antibacterial activity is also unaffected by light, heat, or time. In fact experience has shown that the activity actually increases its level of activity over time.
Differences between Manuka Honey and Honeydew Honey
Manuka Honey is sourced from the manuka flower, leptospermum scoparium in other words a floral source, whereas the honeydew comes from the sap of the beech tree.
The manuka flower only blossoms between 2 - 6 weeks of the year, making manuka honey less available than the honeydew which can be harvested all year round.
Manuka honey has 20 years of medical studies behind it with documented results whereas the honeydew has yet to be studied in more depth.
It is rare to find a honeydew with a higher activity than 13+, where as the antiseptic levels in manuka can reach 16+.
Honeydew honey contains the highest mineral content of all honeys and also has a high presence of oligosaccharides, making it a prebiotic.
Finally, the taste is very different. The honeydew being earthy almost malty tasting whereas the manuka has hints of eucalyptus.
A NEW Beer made of Honeydew
A Premiere in North America
Wedderspoon Organic, Inc. partners with Fat Cat Brewery, a local brewery based in Nanaimo, BC to produce a unique beer in North America made of our 100% certified organic Honeydew Honey from New Zealand.
To learn more about the beer itself and to know where it is going to be available, please call: (250) 716-BREW (that's 2739) or visit their website at: www.fatcatbrewery.com
Our Autumn Forest Honeydew (500g) contains an activity of 13+
Honeydew as a marinade
The National Honey Board has documented that marinating meat for four hours in marinades containing 30 % of honeydew significantly reduces the formation of
heterocyclic aromatic amines
(potential cancer-causing compounds) in meat that begins to char or blacken when cooked at high temperatures.
The Usage of Honeydew
Honeydew is excellent as a tagine of chicken with apricots or sweet honey-glazed rack of lamb perfumed with thyme.
Can also be used to accompany full flavoured cheeses, especially with the blue cheese family.
Coffee and teas as a great substitute for sugar.
It is also delicious served on
toast, croissants, or pancakes.
fruits, spices and herbs, adding sweetness to almost any dish.
Colours range from dark amber to golden yellow.