Here at Branch Creek Honey we produce delicious, award-winning clover blend honey from hives on our family farm in the Cardrona Valley near Wanaka. Our beehives were established to guarantee the pollination and regeneration of pastures and we take their welfare very seriously. We provide the upmost quality of care to our bees all year round, such as getting to know each individual hive and ensuring we only harvest honey that the bees can spare! Our single-source location gives our honey a unique taste, which varies each season as the bees pick what they forage on. It incorporates the soft palate of your traditional New Zealand Clover honey found on most breakfast tables but also includes unique flavours and tones from other plants in the Cardrona Valley.
These native and introduced plant species also contribute to giving our honey its gorgeous golden colour. We stand by producing honey with very low impact on the earth and as a part of our sustainability initiative run a circular system, giving a discount for each glass jar returned which we then reuse the following harvest. We produce both a raw honey and a creamed honey in multiple sizes of jars. The difference between these honeys are in the way they are processed which controls the natural granulation of this natural superfood.
Raw honey is bottled straight after extraction meaning that over time granulated crystals will form and the honey will harden. This is easily reversed by gently warming the honey. Creamed honey goes through further processing to speed up the natural granulation process. Seeding honey/ starter honey is added (previously creamed honey) and then the honey is kept warm and stirred constantly for a few days. This means that the natural crystals form but they are much smaller and the texture of the honey stays smooth. Raw honey may be seen as more natural than creamed honey but it really is the same product with just different textures.
Nothing artificial is added to creamed honey and we make sure the heating required in the process of creaming is done precisely so none of the honey’s properties and health benefits are lost. Our creamed clover blend honey has won silver medals at both the 2021 and 2022 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.
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