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New Zealand Mountain Beech Honey – The New Manuka Honey

New Zealand Mountain Beech Honey – The New Manuka Honey

New Zealand honeydew honey, often referred to as forest honey or beech honey, is known at Mt Lyford Honey as 'Mountain Beech' honey, produced in our lush beech forests in our mountain location. This honey is a unique and highly valued type of honey renowned for its rich flavor, distinct aroma, and numerous health benefits. Its rich taste and silky texture is more than just a delightful addition to your morning smoothie or cereal.

A Unique Honey
New Zealand honeydew honey is a unique honey because it is not a floral variety. Although the beech tree flowers tiny red blossoms every seven years, the honey is actually made from the sparking dew drops found on the bark of the tree. Honeybees collect the sweet, sticky secretions left behind by sap-sucking insects. The "super-food" honey produced from the sweet droplets contains and incredible range of natural healing properties that set it apart from all other types of honey.

High Antioxidant Levels
One of the primary benefits of New Zealand honeydew honey is its exceptional antioxidant content. Studies show the antioxidant levels in this spectacular honey exceeds even the levels found in Manuka honey, making it a true powerhouse super-food. Antioxidants are compounds that help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, thereby reducing oxidative stress and lowering the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders. New Zealand honeydew honey contains a diverse array of antioxidants, including phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and other polyphenols, which contribute to its potent antioxidant activity.

High Antimicrobial Properties
New Zealand honeydew honey is highly prized for its antimicrobial properties. Its high sugar content, low water activity, and acidic pH create an inhospitable environment for the growth of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms, making it an effective natural remedy for treating various bacterial and fungal infections. Additionally, a magical compound found in honeydew honey, known as Oligosaccharides, comprising two or more simple sugars known as monosaccharides.

Potent Oligosaccharides
Oligosaccharides are a potent prebiotic that is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system. This magical compound helps the body absorb and digest important nutrients and minerals, supporting the growth of good bacteria in the gut as well as improving general health and well being. Having a healthy digestive system contributes significantly to a robust immune system, healthy heart and brain, good mood, normal sleep patterns, and strengthened immune system. Oligosaccharides exhibit broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, further enhancing the therapeutic potential of the honey. Studies also show Oligosaccharides can be very helpful for those that suffer from colitis as it is gentle on the digestion system.

High Potassium & Polyphenol Levels
New Zealand honeydew honey is also brimming with higher potassium levels compared to other honey varieties. Potassium is an essential mineral that helps regulate our heartbeat as well as contributing to nerve health and muscle function. Honeydew honey also contains Polyphenol, an antioxidant mineral that assists in eliminating free radicals in the body. Polyphenol is responsible for helping prevent cardiovascular disease and assists with digestive issues and blood sugar regulation. 

High Prebiotic & Probiotic Properties
New Zealand honeydew honey is renowned for its prebiotic and probiotic properties, which support the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres that serve as food for probiotic bacteria, helping to maintain a healthy balance of gut flora and improve digestive health. Regular consumption of honeydew honey may therefore contribute to better digestion, enhanced nutrient absorption, and strengthened immune function.

Connoisseur Honey
In addition to its health-promoting properties, New Zealand honeydew honey is prized as a connoisseur honey for its unique flavour profile and culinary versatility. With its rich, complex taste reminiscent of caramel, molasses, and dried fruits, it adds depth and sweetness to a wide range of dishes, from sweet desserts to savoury marinades and dressings. Whether drizzled over yogurt, spread on toast, or used as a natural sweetener in baking and cooking, honeydew honey lends a distinctive and delicious flavour to your culinary creations.

Beneficial for Dogs & Horses
Another surprising feature of honeydew honey is that it is also very beneficial for dogs and horses, contributing to digestive health and shiny coats and hair. It is gentle on the stomach and best enjoyed with a teaspoon daily for dogs or a good dollop mixed with in horse feed. Honeydew honey is running so rarely needs to be heated and mixes in well with feeds. We regularly sell in buckets to professional stables and equine enthusiasts. We recommend 1KG or 2KG container sizes for dogs.

New Zealand honeydew honey offers a host of health benefits, including antioxidant, antimicrobial, and prebiotic and probiotic properties, making it a valuable addition to any diet. With its unique flavour profile and culinary versatility, it not only promotes overall health and well-being but also enhances the taste and enjoyment of food. Many of our Mt Lyford Honey raw honey varieties contain some honeydew honey content. Whether enjoyed on its own or incorporated into various recipes, honeydew honey from New Zealand remains a prized and delicious natural treasure.