Mankind has used honey for its antibacterial and healing benefits since cavemen times. Cave paintings exist to prove it. Jarrah honey just seems to have 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.
Jarrah - Total Activity [TA]
Our jarrah honey has a Total Activity [TA] rating of antimicrobial strength. This may be 10+, 20+ 30+, 40+ etc - dependent on the harvest & test results. We use an independent laboratory to determine the TA levels.
Jarrah - Unique to Western Australia
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. For example, this incredible tree grows in hot sandy soil around Gingin (450km due north of where Elixir Honey is based) . These trees flower almost every year and only yield honey every 20 years or so! At the other extreme, Elixir Honey offices are in Denmark, nestled in a delightful Jarrah & Red Gum forest. The climate between Denmark and Gingin could hardly be more different. 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. It seems that the Jarrah trees situated from Perth, south through the escarpment forests produce good honey flow. While the trees situated in the extremes just focus on survival.
Jarrah - Limited Edition Honey
Jarrah honey harvests are becoming rare as the forests diminish, the climates changes and the jarrah tree blossoms only biennially (every two years if we are lucky). Jarrah trees flower every 5 years/ longer if conditions are bad. From what we’ve seen over the last 20 years Jarrah Honey colour is consistently a medium amber coloured honey. Western Australia (WA) has honeys for very light yellow to as dark as old sump oil and every colour, tastes, aroma in between. WA has the most incredible range of honey sources. We’ve heard that if the tree is in the sand the honey is darker than honey coming from trees with their roots in the laterite (the gravel on the Darling Ranges that form the escarpment).
Jarrah - The Tasty Treasure
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. Often, Jarrah honey is described as caramel. We don't agree. We think White Gum/Wandoo honey, the sweetest and a most delightful honey, is caramel flavoured. 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 1000 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.
Jarrah vs Manuka Honey
Jarrah has different health properties to Manuka. And so the two have different measures. Reported benefits of Jarrah honey range from lowering your cholesterol to fixing your bad breath to easing heartburn and indigestion to leg ulcers and most things in between, so what more could we want? Also the positives from customers worldwide keep coming back to us. For more information about jarrah honey.