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Oma last won the day on October 18 2018

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  1. How exciting it could be. There are often 4 honey sellers in our tiny market but mine is the only one fully labeled with a Turangi address. The others come from Whanganui, Taumaranui, and one is unlabelled and sold without verification by an 80yr old timer who has always sold it like this and isn’t about to change any time soon.
  2. Had a gentleman come up to me in the market today and ask what had caused the honey he had sent to him from Switzerland to granulate with very course crystals. Needless to say I questioned him further and told him it was illegal for honey to come into nz. He said it had been posted to him and customs had not stopped it and was happy to have got it in without detection. 🥺 Is it not detected as food by the mail screening process or are our border controls only interested in drugs? He said he consumed all the honey but it wasn’t very nice, and disposed of the container by burning it, then had to buy some Manuka honey at great expense to send back in return!
  3. You are right Kaihoka, and a few more things to add to that list of 50yrs ago, washing out plastic bags and drying them out in the sunshine so that they could be used over and over again, replacing that big scoop in the phosphate loaded soap powders with a spoon to cut down on recommended over use, or using sunlight soap instead, over population was a biggie and very often discussed when figures of the “boomers” and the population explosion projected forward. Large families that had been the norm were frowned upon, I’m sure that’s why the contraceptive industry was born. And if your religion or elders and betters, were against contraception you were left with a quandary. Trying to protect our natural resources from think big projects being steam rolled ahead. I could go on but I should turn off the lights and get some shut eye.
  4. Just shelled whole nuts? Probably roasted first? Have you ever tried to do the with your hazels @Goran Sounds delicious!
  5. Thanks @Kate R the sample is still sitting next to the computer waiting till I have tutu samples to send. Would it help if I sent in a couple of Phacelia flowers?
  6. Do we have any Honey Awards here in NZ like the Wine Awards? The industry could maybe raise awareness of our non Manuka honey with some recognition of all the unique honeys we produce here. I know there is a competition for various Honeys at the annual beekeeping conference but that’s the only one I am aware of. What are the criteria that judges look for? it would be interesting to have it spelled out along with ways to achieve excellence for the product we put in the jar. Some of the basic things are often mentioned like not harvesting honey from brood comb, not using Varroa treatments during the flow, not feeding sugar at a time when it could end up in the honey, getting bee debris out of the harvested honey asap, tutin tests if required. Would love to hear of the finer points forum members know about. And a great selling point if you can put “5 Gold Stars” on your honey
  7. And then exported? as the Manuka standards don’t apply to the domestic market?
  8. I have lots of questions and should research it for myself but how do you get alcohol to stay on a hot vapouriser? Vaporising oxalic acid for me ended up a treatment that requires chasing your tail and never getting rid of Varroa in sufficient numbers to make it something you could rely on. In my experience the duration of the treatment is to short to be effective and the addition of alcohol is likely to make it shorter still, there are safer methods that use oxalic and very effective. Lots of information here on the forum look up the Oxalic Acid thread
  9. Thanks for your responses will try Analytica. Would be interesting to see what is being collected around here. I don’t have volume of just one thing but have planted a few plots of Phacelia and thyme and would love to know if they have influenced the flavour of my honey.
  10. @Alastair did you get a response from @Maru Hoani when you asked him who tests your pollen count? I have some honey that appears to potentially be from Phaceila and would love to know how close it is. Very opaque and the colour of pale urine with an amazingly complex flavor.
  11. No, resident commercial 500mt from my hives.
  12. Watching Outback truckers taking hives on some awful track to collect leatherwood honey in Aussie. On Prime.
  13. I have to agree it’s a very nice looking basket. Maybe your gale force winds and thunder storms are keeping the bees indoors. We’ve had great flying wx here for weeks as noted by the huge swarms flying past every day. Going to have a lot of feral bees around here. 🤢
  14. It’s probably the smell of the coffee coming out of the smoko room. 🙀
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