What makes Australian honey particular? To work that out these researchers need samples

Australia just isn’t wanting honey varieties — from manuka to leatherwood and mallee — however researchers are on the hunt to search out out what makes our honey, in all its flavours, unique. 

A New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) undertaking will outline the elements of Australian honey for the primary time, giving the business a benchmark to match itself to and making it more durable for imitation merchandise to slide by means of undetected. 

DPI meals chemist Jamie Ayton mentioned as a part of the undertaking, funded by AgriFutures, they have been gathering as many honey samples as they might from throughout jap Australia.

The samples have been being examined for every little thing from pH ranges to enzyme exercise. 

“Australia’s acquired some very unique floral species, together with a number of eucalyptus,” Mr Ayton mentioned. 

A man in a lab coat stands with a pot of honey.
Jamie Ayton mentioned the extra honey samples collected the higher to outline honey requirements.(ABC Riverina: Olivia Calver)

Standards to guard beekeepers

Mr Ayton mentioned there had been cases of Australian honey being misclassified as unauthentic on account of their elements not becoming the parameters of worldwide requirements.

“We have such a various supply of the place the bees accumulate the nectar from … that generally while you examine it to a global database our oils seem like non-authentic, and that’s not the case in any respect,” he mentioned.

The definition would additionally assist to discourage adulteration of honey. 

Honeycomb in racks.
Australian honey is assumed to have extra variable elements because of the wide selection of floral species that bees accumulate nectar from. (Supplied: David Mumford)

Mr Ayton mentioned, previously, there had been accusations fabricated from merchandise like corn syrup being added to honey. 

“We have refined strategies of detecting that … and by having this baseline definition we are able to definitely decide that up,” he mentioned.

Distinguishing native from imported

David Mumford from Narrandera in southern NSW has been a beekeeper for 46 years.

He submitted samples of honey to the undertaking and mentioned it could give Australian beekeepers the chance to tell apart their product from imported honey. 

“We had no baseline to go on for what was the DNA of honey, for need of a greater time period,” Mr Mumford mentioned. 

A man working with a machine which is extracting honey
David Mumford is hoping the undertaking will show Australian honey is superior. (Supplied: David Mumford)

Mr Mumford hopes such a discovering may result in extra buyers buying Australian honey, supporting not solely beekeepers but in addition the horticulture sector.

“At the second I imagine our consumption per head of inhabitants [of honey per year] is simply 500 grams, or thereabouts.

“It could be nice if we may carry to round 10 kilograms per head of inhabitants like it’s in different international locations.” 

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