What is NPA and TA? Why is it important?
NPA and TA are commonly used to describe the strength of honey. NPA stands for Non-Peroxide Activity which measures the active strength of honey. Our world’s strongest honey has a NPA 32.8 certification COA No. MEL-50557196-0.
TA stands for Total Activity which is a phenol comparison benchmark. Vallentine’s Honey has been tested across multiple batches and has consistently scored a 32.8 TA score.
How do bees make honey?
Bees start the process of making honey through collecting nectar from flowering plants. Storing the nectar in the bees “sac”, a separate sac than their stomach that is used to store and transport nectar. Once the sac is full, bees will return to the hive to store the nectar in wax cells, where honey-making bees inside the hive will convert the nectar to honey. This is done through bees passing the nectar back and through to another through a chewing method. Once the honey gradually gets converted into honey, it is stored in the honeycomb cells of the hive, which act as small jars made of wax.
Are the bees that produce Vallentine’s Honey healthy, free and ethically kept?
Vallentine’s Honey proudly partners with certified harvesters in Byron Bay and along the Central NSW coast.
The honey is collected by gently brushing the beekeeper frames, the structural elements which support bees’ honeycomb. The honey can be safely separated and extracted, without causing any harm or stress to the bees.
How long does honey last, and what is the best way to store it?
Although required to have an expiration date, honey’s high sugar content and low pH and water content enables it to stay fresh and safe for years. To keep your honey tasting its best, we recommend you store it covered in a moderate temperature in your kitchen pantry, and not the refrigerator. Even once opened, honey should be stored this way.
Is Vallentine’s Honey organic, free of preservatives or vegan?
Vallentine’s Honey is an organic product that is free from preservatives. Whilst the definition of veganism is to avoid all animal products and animal by-products, some vegans may still choose to consume honey, particularly if the honey is sourced from small, local, reputable bee farmers who prioritise the health and wellbeing of the bees over maximising honey product. While the production of honey requires the assistance of bees, it’s ultimately up to the individual and their own stance on the consumption of honey in deciding to include honey in their diet.
Which honey is healthiest?
All of Vallentine’s honeys can be included as a part of a balanced, healthy diet. If you are wanting to include more antioxidants into your diet, we recommend our Macadamia honey, which is enriched with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. This liquid gold is a natural antioxidant that has the added benefit of strengthening the immune system, as well as providing anti-aging benefits that smooth and plump the skin.
How can I tell if my honey is imported or Australian?
Vallentine’s Honey is always 100% Australian, and is only produced in Byron Bay in NSW. You can check the origin of your honey by looking at the country of origin label, which is required by law on all honey sold in Australia. To ensure your honey doesn’t contain any imported honey, the label should state it is a Product of Australia or Made in Australia from 100% Australian Ingredients.
What is Manuka honey and how is it different from regular honey?
Manuka honey is honey produced only from the nectar of the manuka trees. Manuka honey contains the highest amounts of methylglyoxal (MGO), which is responsible for providing antibacterial properties that separates manuka from regular honey.
What is the Vallentine’s Honey difference?
From beekeeper to bottle, Vallentine’s Honey is the first to guarantee consistency of potency, making us the world’s strongest honey.
Why does honey crystallise?
If your honey has crystals, it doesn’t mean it has expired. Crystallised honey is a sign of high quality honey, and is natured intended way of preserving honey. If you’d prefer to dissolve the crystals, you can place your honey container in a bowl of hot water, and stir every few minutes until the honey combines.
What can I use manuka honey for other than eating?
Manuka honey is diverse and can be used for a multitude of remedies besides satisfying a sweet tooth. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, manuka honey is one of nature’s most natural beauty products, that can moisturise as well as heal and prevent breakouts. If you have a tickly throat or a burn, manuka is also a great soother that can assist in healing/
I have allergies, does honey contain pollen?
It is possible for honey to have traces of pollen, as honeybees can be contaminated with pollen during the production of honey. If you are allergic to pollen, it is possible to have a reaction to some types of honey, so it is recommended by doctors to be cautious when consuming honey.
What is MGO and why is it highly regarded?
MGO, which stands for methylglyoxal, is a special naturally occurring compound. The highest concentration of MGO is found in manuka honey, which provides superior antibacterial and bacterial resistance. For example, if your manuka honey shows it has a MGO 100+ rating, it means there are at least 100mg of MGO per kilogram present.
What is UMF and does it stand for?
UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor, which is the potency grading scale of manuka honey. The scale reports the concentration of MGO, DHA and leptosperin found in manuka honey, indicating its quality and purity.