What makes BIOSOTA the best manuka honey in Australia?
Manuka honey is only created in a few special locations in Eastern coast of Australia and New Zealand where you can find species of a flowering plant called leptospermum scoparium (commonly called manuka).
BIOSOTA’s family-owned organic farm is located in a unique microclimate in rural NSW, Australia. Scattered with ancient manuka trees, hidden away far from any main highways or any polluting industries, it is certified 100% organic.
The ancient Australian manuka trees started out as bushes or shrubs, and grow quickly together covering hillsides often in a very thick pattern. As the manuka tree matures, it will grow to about 5 to 6 metres, have a long skinny trunk and a flowery canopy of foliage at the top.
Manuka flowers at a time of year when few other Australian species do, so there isn’t much competition for the bees attention. Once our bees start gathering it the whole colony will work the manuka nectar source until it is exhausted.
Blessed by a mostly stable and temperate climate with just the right amount of rainfall and warm sunny days from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, this provides our bees with a pristine and ideal environment for making high-quality manuka honey. While the end product is highly-prized by both consumers and health practioners, the bees don’t do it for our benefit – it is essential for their survival.
In the Australian winter, the bees are unable to gather pollen or nectar from outside of their hives so they “stockpile” their honey resources in the form of honeycombs, the hexagonal design famous for its beauty and efficiency.
Healthy and happy bees
Bees are very particular and scientific in their actions so they won’t start a hive or produce honeycomb unless they are completely happy with their surroundings. Even when all the conditions appear perfect bees still can choose to ignore the manuka flowers, no amount of coaxing or negotiating will get them to take to a plant if they don’t want to. This is one of the reason why high-quality Australia manuka honey is so rare, and it’s not unusual for no manuka honey to be produced from one year to the next.
Unlike some honey producers who overstock their farms with too many hives - which results in unhappy and unhealthy bees and poor quality honey – BIOSOTA is a 3rd generation beekeeping family, fully committed to organic, sustainable and ethical best practices.
Originally hailing from Europe the family started beekeeping in the 1950s. In 1996 they established Mount. Kuring-gai, Australia as their new home, combining generations of expertise in beekeeping and old-world farming knowledge.
Owners Andrey and Oxana are truly passionate about what they do. They personally ensure that all of their products are cultivated with the same love and care, combined with the best science-based techniques.
The health and happiness of the bees and their surrounding natural environment has always been the number one priority, and the results speak for themselves – Australia’s best manuka honey, produced in special limited edition batches with MGO levels from 1200+ to 1700+.
Rare organic honey
All BIOSOTA honey is raw, not heat-treated and cold extracted to ensure both an exceptional and one-of-kind taste with scientifically proven antibacterial properties.
All products have been approved by independent testing as ‘USDA Organic’ or ‘Australian Certified Organic’ grade honey.
Through many decades of research and hands on experience BIOSOTA has developed processes that support the health and survival rates of bees.
This includes regular health check to make sure they’re fit and productive nectar gatherers. Our beekeepers also take a close look at the wellbeing of each hive’s Queen, and test the hive’s honey, pollen stores and other key indicators. This lets our beekeepers know whether existing food stores can sustain the colony over autumn and give the bees enough energy to harvest manuka pollen and pollen in time for winter.
Location and temperature is everything. When it starts to get cold we move hives to sunny, sheltered sites that have naturally abundant supplies of manuka pollen and nectar and water.
It’s essential for the production of high-grade manuka honey that bees maintain precise honeycomb moisture and temperature levels.
Manuka trees in this part of rural NSW are chemically distinct from their counterparts in New Zealand and other regions in Australia. They have been proven to produce manuka honey with higher amounts of MGO (or methylglyoxal) the naturally occurring compound that makes BIOSOTA manuka honey so rare.
The higher the MGO content the higher the grade of honey, and the greater the potential health benefits. Certified for MGO potency, purity and quality – every jar of BIOSOTA honey is vigorously tested so you can trust that the premium organic MGO Manuka Honey is exactly what it promises to be.
Independent research has also shown that manuka trees in this area have significantly higher levels of cinteole and monoterpines – further resulting in superior quality organic honey with greater health benefits.
The MGO number tells you how much MGO is in your jar of honey. The higher the MGO content the higher the grade of honey, and the greater the potential health benefits.
Direct from the farm in Mount Kuring-gai, Australia to your door and certified for MGO potency, purity and quality – every jar produced by BIOSOTA is vigorously tested so you can trust that our premium organic MGO manuka honey is exactly what it promises to be.
Produced in special limited batches with MGO levels from 1200+ to 1700+ Biosota is proud to deliver the best manuka honey in Australia.