Elixir TA40+ Jarrah Honey comes to you from the wilderness of Western Australia, a vast clean land protected by desert and ocean. In this seclusion our bees spends the long sunny days feasting on rich nectar.
A POWERFUL HEALER
Mankind has used honey for its antibacterial and healing benefits since cavemen times, with cave paintings in existence to prove it. Jarrah honey just has more of those antibacterial and healing benefits. It’s the low glucose levels and highly antimicrobial properties that makes it a particularly powerful healer… with a delicious taste.
Our jarrah honey has a Total Activity [TA] rating of antimicrobial strength. This may be 10+, 20+ 30+ etc; dependent on the harvest & test results. We use an independent laboratory to determine the TA levels. Recently findings conducted by the Australian government on antioxidant activity in honey has found that UAF (Unified Antioxidants Factor) “of Manuka honey can be 300 and Jarrah honey around 600. Antioxidants are compounds that help protect body cells against free radical damage that leads to oxidation and subsequent cell damage. Free radicals can potentially accelerate the ageing process and aid disease.” In order to maintain the medicinal properties of this honey we recommend not heating it above 35 degrees celsius.
There is nothing quite like Jarrah honey. Jarrah honey is highly sort after worldwide. We don’t believe there are many other honeys that taste so good. Jarrah is like tasting a Cabinet Sauvignon with a complexity of taste sensations. When the honey first touches your tongue, the robustness of it bursts in your mouth . The “mouth feel” consumes your whole mouth instantly, to the point you feel it has entered your brain. The sharpness that rises in the back of your pallet gives relief to the sweetness of the honey. Then the smooth velvet sensory overload consumes your whole mouth as the honey glides down your throat. You can taste Noongar country, taste the ancient soil these 1,000 year old trees grow in, the early-midsummer of Western Australia, the coming of heat, the earthy aroma, smoke from ancient fires, the breeze off the Indian Ocean, the emptiness, the space, the outback, 40,000 years of humanity living in this vast land. This is Western Australia. All this in a jar of honey. It is a treasure.
UNIQUE TO WA
Jarrah trees, also called Eucalyptus marginata, are unique to Western Australia. Jarrah grows all over Western Australia, the largest state in Australia, in vastly different conditions. Gingin is hot dry country, where Denmark is close to the Southern Ocean in cool damp conditions. Western Australia’s wonderful Jarrah trees live in many different situations between these two extreme points: sand, gravel, heavy soils and many more. The tree appearance even changes from a tall straight forest tree to a low mallee type almost, scrub bush. The Jarrah forest situated from Perth, south through the escarpment thrive and produce the best honey flows, while the trees situated in the extremes just focus on survival.
Jarrah honey harvests are becoming rare as the forests diminish, the climates changes and jarrah trees blossoms only biennially (every two years). From what we’ve seen over the last 20 years Jarrah Honey colour is mostly a medium amber coloured honey, although some say that if the tree is growing in sand (a lot of WA is sandy and the rest of Australia call us Western Australians ‘sand gropers’ for that reason) then the honey will be darker than honey coming from trees with their roots in the laterite (which is the gravel on the Darling Ranges that form the escarpment).
JARRAH VS MANUKA
Jarrah honey tastes yummy and so even the fussiest eaters like it. Jarrah also has different health properties to Manuka. And so the two have different measures. Jarrah has twice as many antioxidants (the compounds that protect us against cancer causing free radicals) than Manuka! All honey contains naturally occurring enzymes that give honey its antimicrobial properties. But Jarrah honey has one of the highest potencies of antimicrobial activity in the world as well as being high in minerals and antioxidants – hence it has amazing healing abilities. Jarrah honey also has a very low glycemic index (lower GI than other honeys and sugar).
Pure Western Australian honey
Made in Western Australia
Brand: Elixir Raw Honey
Region: Western Australia
Processing: Minimal / Gentle Warming