What did the bee say to the vendor, when the man tried to sell him burnt, watery honey, with loads of sugar added?

“Buzz off!”

And so should we when we are shopping for that sweet addition to our cupboards.
Unbeknownst to many, a lot of honey brands heat the honey they source to very high degrees - burning the product - and they also add sugar and water to the mix. Then hey presto it’s being passed off as the real thing on the supermarket shelves.

Melissa Rivett from the Mudgee Honey Haven said they do things differently.
“Our honey is sourced straight from the hive, put through a sieve, and straight into the jar,” she said.

She also said they stock jams, skin care, and have their own café. And they sell a range of honey types including the famous, medicinal manuka honey – named after the native manuka plants that are tolerant to drought and fire.

After European bees were introduced to the nation back in 1822, bees collected nectar from these native plants, and thus Aussie manuka honey was born. By the way, this happened almost 20 years before the institution of bees to New Zealand - making Aussieland the original home of the valued, therapeutic sweet stuff, according to the Australian Manuka Honey Association.

Once we learned the substantial medicinal benefits of this gooey, somewhat darker, sap-like substance, demand increased, and prices rose. It’s generally good for our overall health, including our skin, hair follicles, and can be used to heal open wounds, according to the Mudgee Honey Haven.

And what’s a honey shop without a putt putt golf course? The popular attraction at the Mudgee Honey Haven grounds is only $5 per person.

But whenever you’re out looking for some quality stuff for your toast, Melissa said the best honey stores are the ones with the breeziest set up.

“If you see someone selling honey on the side of the road, your best bet is that they’re selling pure honey,” she said.

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