Sugarbag Honey

Sugarbag - A Taste Sensation

You can try some truly delicious sugarbag honey when you join a tour at our farm at Nabiac. Or if you live in a warm temperate to tropical coastal area of Australia, why not start your own hive so you have your own supply?! 

 

  • The species Trigona Tetragonula (used to be called Trigona carbonaria) produce a honey unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. It is variously called pot honey or sugarbag pot honey or plain "sugarbag". 
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  • The term "sugarbag" actually refers to the whole contents of the hive, but is widely used to describe the honey extracted from the tiny pots in the hive
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  • Sugarbag was a much enjoyed, wild-foraged bush tucker food of Indigenous Australians
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  • In 1985 entomologist Dr Tim Heard pioneered the building of an artificial stingless native bee hive from which honey could be extracted without damaging the brood. There are now many designs and more and more Australians are installing one in their gardens for pollination, fun and their own supply of goodness!
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  • A healthy colony in a good climate may produces up to 1kg of excess honey a year (compared to 75kg per Honey Bee hive!), though it is often a lot less. This makes it one of the world’s rarest luxury foods
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  • The tangy flavour has been compared to dessert wine, citrus, gooseberry and a blend of the finest honey with sweet lemon and eucalyptus. One thing’s for certain – it’s different, tangy, sweet and delicious!... and medicinal
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  • Early research has shown Sugarbag honey has a very high anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and medicinal activity level, and studies are also being done into the medical benefits of native bee propolis. Sugarbag might just start showing up in your Doctor’s bag!

The moisture content of the sugarbag honey from the stingless bee Tetragonula carbonaria is 26.5%

 

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