Segment: House of Honey
Presenter: Caroline Taylor
Air Date: 3rd November 2019
Beekeepers are unspoken heroes, undertaking an incredibly difficult job to produce the delicious treat.
- Beekeeping is a more adventurous job than it may seem, with endless travel, harsh terrain, snake attacks and constant tick extraction.
- Swan Valley Bee Keepers Rupert & Kim Phillips have been keeping bees since 1987.
- Throughout the spring and summer months, the bees thrive on the flooded gums, and feed off the yellow sour sop growing through the vines throughout the winter.
- Beekeepers spend a lot of time on the road following different flower blossoms from season to season. Where the hives are put is determined by what will flower next.
- WA is known for its active honey – jarrah, red gum and blackbutt. These honeys are sent to a lab in Tasmania, where they are tested for microbial activity.
- Activated honeys are very popular, with people using their healing properties as a health tonic.
- Bees need a diverse range of flowers, which is why the beekeepers are consistently moving around.
- Mead is produced at the House of Honey – customers kept asking for it, as it is a drink often served by beekeepers. The company decided to diversify into producing it, finding it quite enjoyable.