Honey Rant



  • Yes, you read correctly, a honey (short) rant. How the fuck is a pot of Honey worth $8????



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  • @Kirwan said in Honey Rant:

    Yes, you read correctly, a honey (short) rant. How the fuck is a pot of Honey worth $8????

    Could be worse. It could be a shade over $1000 for 210g.

    https://nz.steenshoney.com/steens-raw-manuka-honey-umf-26-cold-pressed-manuka-honey-200g-nz143u

    Or, if you buy it in duty free, $888 - guess who that's being aimed at?



  • Liquid gold!

    And why the Aussies are tying to latch onto the 'manuka' name for their Honey.

    Is big business, and given the nature of it collection, plenty of people stealing hives from all over as well.



  • I think there's some "beliefs" that it has amazing healing properties or something which allows them to push up the price.

    Are bees in short supply? I hear people saying "save the bees" a fair bit these days.



  • Yeah, is this due to increased demand, (and/) or reduced supply (possibly due to bee disease etc)?



  • @No-Quarter said in Honey Rant:

    I think there's some "beliefs" that it has amazing healing properties or something which allows them to push up the price.

    Are bees in short supply? I hear people saying "save the bees" a fair bit these days.

    I went on a school trip to Comvita last year, bloody fascinating stuff. In short yes, bees are under serious threat.

    http://www.comvita.co.nz/store/experience

    I go out of my way to rescue bees now.



  • In a word. Yes, basically in Asia, it's viewed as having huge healing powers, so it's only going to go up up up.

    To be fair, a good mates wife had serious issues with recovery from an op a few years ago where there were issues with the healing and scarring process. The Dr suggested to try Manuka honey on the wound ... and things did start to heal properly after that.

    So I have actually seen in action. If I was a half decent investor, I'd have bought bought bought on this ...



  • To be fair it is a pretty amazing product. In its raw state it doesn't go off and tastes pretty nice too



  • @Baron-Silas-Greenback yeah everything we planted (trees, shrubs) on our property was all to do with attracting bees and birds.

    I rarely see wasps now too (cnuts) but a few of my little shrubs are literally humming with bees throughout the day, so busy with activity!

    I met with a guy a few months ago who is an Apiarist and he has thousands of hives from central North Island to the southern parts of Northland.

    Fascinating business!



  • Looking at getting into beekeeping myself, could watch them all day in the garden.

    I have a mate who is ex SAS.. he told me they were taught to source a pot of local honey whenever posted somewhere new (helps with immunity against local diseases etc he says)



  • The manuka honey I buy and use sparingly is over $20 per 500 g tub.

    Back in my student days at Waikato Uni I worked in the same lab as one of the pioneers of using manuka honey for medicinal purposes (e.g. wound healing).



  • @Baron-Silas-Greenback said in Honey Rant:

    @No-Quarter said in Honey Rant:

    I think there's some "beliefs" that it has amazing healing properties or something which allows them to push up the price.

    Are bees in short supply? I hear people saying "save the bees" a fair bit these days.

    I went on a school trip to Comvita last year, bloody fascinating stuff. In short yes, bees are under serious threat.

    http://www.comvita.co.nz/store/experience

    I go out of my way to rescue bees now.

    I planted some flowers in my garden and noticed a few bees buzzing in amongst them so I feel like I'm doing my bit.



  • @Hooroo said in Honey Rant:

    To be fair it is a pretty amazing product. In its raw state it doesn't go off and tastes pretty nice too

    Good for sealing wounds or something, too.



  • My youngest (4) has stepped and been stung by 2 bees in the past week or so, fuck em I hope they all die..

    Nah I actually love honey on my toast.



  • @Virgil said in Honey Rant:

    My youngest (4) has stepped and been stung by 2 bees in the past week or so, fuck em I hope they all die..

    Nah I actually love honey on my toast.

    If the bees die we are poke, who will pollenate all the trees plants veges etc?



  • @Virgil said in Honey Rant:

    My youngest (4) has stepped and been stung by 2 bees in the past week or so, fuck em I hope they all die..

    I know you are trying to be funny, but that is stupid.



  • my kids loved the Bee Movie



  • Plant lots of lavender! (Amongst other good options). Have put lots in under our dwarf citrus trees and it seems to be a good attraction/source of food for the bees (and handily gets them in the vicinity of the citrus...)

    When we first moved in our garden was full of yukkas etc... not a bee in sight for the first year...



  • the 'Cigar Plant' which comes in a range of colours/variations and sizes are brilliant for attracting bees! I have one that is about 1.2m tall and about 1.5m wide, apparently isn't supposed to get that big, but you hear the hive of activity of the bees is awesome. I also have a few smaller versions as well, equally as productive.

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