The Health Properties of Jarrah Honey
Much research has been carried out on Jarrah honey. It has high antibacterial and antimicrobial activity and due to its high hydrogen peroxide level, it can inhibit Golden Staph Bacteria. Level of activities at major enzymes in honey are identified and measured by scientists which resulting an overall data of honey activity index as total activity referring as “TA”. The larger number represents the stronger antibacterial level of the honey. The rating is increased by multiple in 5 (% phenol), the highest rating is above 35 with any result above 5 contains antimicrobial property.
Jarrah honey has one of the highest antioxidant levels in the world. Doctors recommend eating or drinking five foods high in antioxidants per day. Check out our 10 amazing benefits and uses for Jarrah Honey.
The use of honey as an alternate therapy to combat infection by antibiotic resistant organisms is gaining ground with new research confirming the medicinal benefits of the natural product.
As Jarrah honey is a high fructose honey those consumers, who are diabetic and still desire some sweetness in their diet, will find this honey beneficial whereas some honeys in the world are much higher in glucose. Glucose value (g/100g) less than 49 is classified as low. Fructose level is compared with glucose level, high fructose can be identified if its value (g/100g) is higher than glucose in sample.
Where is Jarrah Honey found?
West Australian Jarrah tree (Eucalyptus marginata) is a large forest tree usually found in the Jarrah forest, which extends from Gingin, north of Perth to as far south as Albany. The main commercial nectar flows are in the Darling Range. Jarrah trees are unique to Western Australia.
The Jarrah tree is a magnificent tall timber tree that can grow up to 40 metres in height. It is a slow growing Eucalyptus tree that can live up to 1000 years. It has with a brown fissured bark that can withstand intense forest fires and a large green canopy.
When it is in full flower, it is simply magnificent. The flowers are carried on the tips of the branches and the whole tree can be covered in beautiful creamy flowers.
Jarrah generally flowers every two years, usually from December through to January in the early summer. The nectar produced has a low moisture content and is collected by honeybees.
Jarrah produces a dark, thick, tasty honey with a caramel aftertaste. It is not as sweet as other honeys due to its low glucose and high fructose levels. For this reason, pure Jarrah honey will not candy.
The commercial apiary sites are deep within the Jarrah forest and away from industry and agriculture. The Western Australian government has protected its state forests and water catchments from industry and urban sprawl.
The Jarrah Forest is home to the Marri (Corymbia calophylla), Forest Blackbutt (E. patens) and Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis), thousands of wildflowers and about 150 different species of birds, 45 reptiles and 29 mammals.
Jarrah Honey in the Media
- 10 Amazing Benefits and Uses for Jarrah Honey
- Honey may hold key to beating hospital superbug
- Honey versus superbugs
- Jarrah Honey Crisis as Yield Wiped Out
- Honey Can Lick Infection
- Sour Edge to Future of Healing WA Honey
- Bee Informed article June 2003 by Rob Manning
- Honey, the Darker the Better – has the potential as dietary anti-oxidant