What makes Biosota the best Manuka honey in the world?
Manuka honey is only produced in a few special locations on the Eastern coast of Australia and New Zealand where species of Leptospermum scoparium plant, commonly called, the Manuka plant can be found.
Biosota’s family-owned organic sites are located throughout a unique microclimate in rural QLD and NSW, Australia. Scattered with ancient Manuka trees, hidden far away from highways, main roads or polluting farms, they are certified 100% organic.
The ancient Australian Manuka trees started as bushes or shrubs and grew 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.
The Manuka plant flowers at a time of year when few other Australian species do, which means there isn’t much competition for the bees' attention.
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 Australian 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, as well as poor quality of honey, Biosota's experience as the 3rd generation beekeeping family, is fully committed to organic, sustainable and ethical best practices.
Originally from Europe, the family started beekeeping in the 1950s. In 1996 they established a new home in Australia, combining generations of expertise in beekeeping and old-world farming knowledge. Owners Andrey and Oxana are truly passionate about what they do. They 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 have 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 2000+.
Rare organic honey
All Biosota honey is raw, unheated and cold extracted to ensure both an exceptional and one-of-kind taste with scientifically proven antibacterial properties. Most products have been Australian Certified Organic.
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 checks to make sure they’re fit and productive nectar gatherers. Our beekeepers also regularly 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 honey 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 cineole and monoterpines – further resulting in superior quality organic honey with greater health benefits.
The MGO number gives you the strength of 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.
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