Jarrah honey is produced from bees that forage on the Eucalyptus Marginata (Jarrah) trees that are native and exclusively found only in the remote parts of the South West region of Western Australia. These trees are mostly found in the large national parks and state forests that are protected by the WA government which makes them free from human interaction and often the unfortunate negative consequences that accompany them such as pollution and contamination from agricultural industries.
These trees are unique in that they only flower ‘bi annually’, or once every two years, making this type of honey rare and in limited supply. The honey that is produced is a delicately smooth texture that is dark amber in colour and is often likened to have caramel or molasses type tasting flavours. Pure jarrah honey is also extremely unlikely to ever crystalise due to its high fructose to glucose ratio
Jarrah honey is also considered a highly ‘active’ honey with medicinal properties mainly due to its ability to inhibit bacteria growth and as a prebiotic to promote good digestive health and to help combat the onset and progression of gut related disease as a result of the slow releasing levels of hydrogen peroxide that are present in jarrah honey.
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