Raw honey: what’s the difference and why it is better?

First, let’s talk about how bees produce honey. The process starts by worker bees collecting nectar and pollen from flowers. These hardworking bees can visit up to 100 flowers per foraging trip and can carry a load of nectar and pollen close to its own weight. When they have a full load, they return to their hives.

Back in the hives, bees pass on the collected nectar and pollen through their mouths to other working bees who will chew it before passing it on to another working bee. Bees glands secrete bee enzymes which when mixed with nectar, creates honey. By using enzymes, bees turn complex sugar found in nectar into simple sugar which makes honey more easily digested than table sugar.

The main ingredients in honey are carbohydrates (sugar), but it also contains vitamins, mineral, amino acids, enzymes, organic acids, pollen, fragrance and flavour compounds. Just like flowers have different colours, so does the pollen. This is why different honey has different colour and slightly different ingredients composition.

Now, this is what we call raw honey. Unprocessed honey with no added ingredients.

Most mass-produced honey that we find in the supermarket is heavily processed and pasteurised. This process ensures consistency in colour and viscosity, so the honey has longer shelf life. Sounds alright, but this process of over-heating honey kills most enzymes and its great property – leaving only sugar in the honey.

Urban gardening: creating a bee-friendly garden in the city setting

Are bees swarming your garden? That’s a good sign! Bees as natural pollinators play an important role in plants reproduction. If you look closely, when bees are collecting pollen and nectar from a flower, some pollen from the stamens (male reproductive organ of a flower) got stuck onto the bees hair/leg and when they land on another flower, the pollen got rubbed off onto the stigma (female reproductive organ of a flower). This process may lead to fertilisation which allows fruits to grow.

So yep, you do want bees in our garden – especially if you are trying to grow vegetables or fruits!

Fun fact: when foraging for pollen and nectar, worker bees could fly as far as 24 km from the hive.

If you are already nurturing a bee-friendly garden, good on ya! For those of you who want to start, here are a few tips to help you build a sanctuary for our friendly pollinators:

  1. Diversify your garden with different flowers that bloom at a different time of the year.
    Ensuring your garden is flowering at all times would provide bees with a continuous food source. Research also shows that bees are more attracted to blue, purple, violet, white and yellow colored flowers.
  2. Provide a bee bath. Bees need a substantial amount of water to keep them going. To help to keep them hydrated during their food run, place water in a shallow container (not as deep as a birdbath) filled with pebbles. This will minimise the risk of bees drowning in the bath.
  3. Decorate your garden with bee hotels. Yes, bee hotels are a thing. It provides bees with shade and shelter. It is not a hive, so don’t expect to find some honey from a bee hotel!
  4. Use bee-friendly pesticides and fertilisers. Gardens that attract bees will also attract other insects like butterflies, ladybugs or praying mantis. These other insects can harm your beautifully grown garden, especially during the caterpillar season in the warmer weather. Always use natural pesticides and fertilisers to make sure you are not hurting the bees.
  5. Grow from seeds. More and more people are encouraged to plant seeds in their garden. This method is not only cheap but also help in creating a great habitat for bees! For a beginner, try Mr Frothergill’s Bee Friendly Flower Mix to create a bee-friendly flower bed in your yard.
Bee hotels
Mr Frothergill’s Bee Friendly Flower Mix
Atilla’s hampers with a bee hotel and a set of beeswax wraps

New recipe: Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

Recipe by: Eleonora’s Kitchen, Brisbane

Preparation time: 20-30 minutes

This recipe is about the sauce. Just four simple pantry essentials in the right proportions: soy sauce, honey, garlic and chilli 🌶 flakes. A terrific way to serve salmon that is just so crazy quick and easy and so delicious!

Made it? Let me know how it went in the comment section below!

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 salmon fillets, patted dry with a paper towel
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds

To make honey garlic glazed salmon: 

1. Season salmon both side with salt and pepper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, lemon juice and red pepper flakes.

3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat two tablespoons oil. When oil is hot but not smoking, add salmon skin-side up. Cook salmon until deeply golden, about 6 minutes, then flip over.

4. Add garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the honey mixture and sliced lemons and cook until sauce is reduced by about 1/3. Baste salmon with the sauce.

5. Garnish with sliced lemon and serve with steam  rice. 

Immune system booster: honey, lemon and ginger marinade

Honey lemon and ginger marinade

Recipe by: Emilyastuti, Brisbane.

Preparation time 10-15mins

You will need:

  • 500 grams of raw honey
  • 1 lemon
  • 5cm ginger

To make the marinade:

  • Slice the lemon and ginger about 0.5 cm thick.
  • In an empty jar, stack up the lemon and ginger in alternate layer
  • Pour raw honey into the jar until the lemon and ginger are covered
  • Secure the lid and store in refrigerator overnight

Take a spoonful in the morning to strengthen your immune system, or add a spoonful to a tea or warm water to relieve sore throat. Give it a try and let us know how it goes!

New update on Atilla’s Honey BYO Jar offer

As we all know, last year was a challenging year for Australians especially with the long drought season and unprecedented bushfire in many parts of the continent. 

Farmers and beekeepers are amongst the many people who suffered severely by this devastating weather conditions. For beekeepers, the struggles were not only in losing a significant amount of harvest but also in keeping their bees alive.

To survive, bees collect pollen and nectar from flowering trees and a plentiful amount of water – all of which were in scarcity for the second half of 2019. Many beekeepers had to feed their hives with sugar solutions simply to save their bees from dying.

The survey conducted by Hive+Wellness reported that last year’s weather conditions hit honey production to the all-time low resulting in the rise of honey prices.

Considering the struggle of our beekeepers and the low supply of honey, we are now setting a new price for Atilla’s BYO Jar offer. Starting in April, we are offering to fill up your jars for $1.50/100gr. However, we are keeping our jarred honey at their normal price.

We will keep providing our customers with high-quality honey at an affordable price. The slights increase in our pricing is the result of careful research so we can still accommodate our customers with the best deal, especially in the raw honey market.

Let’s keep repurposing our jars! You are doing more than saving some money – you are saving the environment too.

Atilla’s Raw Honey joins the Collective Market SouthBank this Sunday

After a few months hiatus, Atilla’s Raw Honey is ready to hit Brisbane’s markets again! This time, the brand will appear at the Collective Markets South Bank on Sunday 15 March from 9 am to 4 pm.

Depending on the stock, honey supply and the market performance, Atilla’s Raw Honey will continue to greet Brisbane shoppers at this market.

We want our customers to be able to find us easily. We are working towards making our honey available on health stores and various weekend markets in Brisbane.

If you are living in the South Brisbane area, you can drop off your jars at our location and we’ll deliver them to you. Read more about our new Hello Neighbour campaign here.

Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas

We also cater to our customers in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast area. With a minimum purchase of $60 (equal to 6x Kisci Jars or 4x Nagy Jars), we’ll deliver our honey to your door!

Gather your neighbours or work friends to arrange delivery to your house or office. To place an order, contact us!

Is it true that raw honey doesn’t go off?

The answer is yes! In fact, honey is the only food that does not spoil.

FUN FACT: In 2015, archaeologists have found pots of honey in an ancient tomb while excavating the pyramids in Egypt. The honey, dating back approximately 3,000 years, is the world’s oldest sample – and still perfectly edible!

What makes them so special?

  • Raw honey is very high in sugar and low in moisture. The sweetness comes from the sugary secretions of plants which makes it easier to be digested by our metabolism.
  • Raw honey contains antibacterial properties that prevent bacterial growth. It is so effective that honey is often used to treat infection, burns or wounds.
  • During the production, bees secrete enzymes that help preserve the honey and retain its natural compound, which makes raw honey last for thousands of years.

So raw honey really doesn’t expire?

Yes, raw honey does not expire, but it may crystallise. If you store raw honey in the fridge, you would probably notice that they quickly become grainy. Even when stored properly, raw honey may change colour and becomes less clear, especially in the winter. This process, however, does not mean it has gone bad and does not affect the quality of the honey.

To liquidise, simply put your jar of honey in warm water (ideally 35-43 °C) and stir it until the grainy bits dissolved. Do not put crystallised honey in a microwave or boiling water as it may degrade its colour and flavour.

Lastly, despite its antimicrobial properties, honey can go bad when it’s contaminated, not stored properly or adultered with additive.

Special raw honey offer for local businesses

As a healthier option to sugar, raw honey can make a beautiful addition to your coffee, tea, cakes, puddings, or anything you would put sugar in. Raw honey is rich with an earthy sweetness and gives your food and drink a unique aroma!

Our BYO Jar offer is the perfect way to stock up some honey without breaking your budget. Simply prepare a jar (jars must be rinsed clean) and give us a call. We’ll come to you to fill up your jars with delicious honey, and we’ll weight them.

We can cater for a large amount up to 30kg. We’ll provide you with a tub and a tap attached for easy pouring. If you require a tub, a $25 deposit applies. Once you return the tub, you will get your deposit back.

What are you waiting for? Request a sample if you are interested!

*This offer is currently available for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast area only.

Sweet and unique gift ideas for any occasions

Looking for a perfect gift could be tricky! But don’t worry, we’ll make it easy for you.

With our BYO Jars offer, you don’t have to break your wallet to give someone something special. Why honey, you say? Here is why:

  • It’s healthyraw honey contains natural benefits that make it the perfect substitute for sugar.
  • It’s affordable – we offer our quality raw honey for only $1/100 grams! Plus, you choose the jar so you can get the cheapest or the flashiest jar for your present. The upside: any jars will look good and appealing with our golden goodness inside it!
  • It’s versatile – you can give honey as a present to ANYONE regardless of their gender or age. Okay, maybe not for those who are allergic to honey. But, other than that, everyone.
  • It’s timeless – Raw honey can keep for ages! Our packaging will tell you what to do if your honey crystallises during cold weather.
  • Glass jars are recyclable – let them know that there are many ways to reuse and recycle a glass jar. Bam! – perfect gift for someone crafty.

Photo: One of our customers needed a cute and sweet farewell gift for her last day at her office. She bought these cute jars from K-Mart ($6 for 8x 120ml jar) and filled them up with Atilla’s Raw Honey BYO Jar offer for only $1.70 per jar!

What are you waiting for? Contact us to arrange jars pick-up and delivery!

Top-up your old jars with Atilla’s Raw Honey!

Did you know that on average each Australian throws away 206 glass bottles/jars per year? If you put your old jars in the recycling bin, that’s great – all glass jars and bottles are recyclable. You know what would be even better? Giving them a new purpose!

If you bring us your old jar, we’ll top it up with Atilla’s Raw Honey for only $1/100gr. That’s only $10 a kilo!

We accept any kinds of jars, glass or plastic, as long as you rinse them before you bring them to us.

Contact us to arrange jars pick-up and delivery. We look forward to filling up your jars with our sweet wildflower raw honey!