Nelson Honey Honeycomb comes straight from the hive. The series of hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by the brilliance of our bees contain natural raw honey. This means, that honey retains its carbohydrates and is full of flavours and aromas, with the beautiful texture of the natural edible wax.
Honey comes in different forms, the most common of which is liquid honey. Honey is also sold with chunks of the honeycomb in the jar. You can even buy a whole piece of honeycomb with the honey inside as it’s a unique way to present honey on a cheese plate.
Beeswax is a product made from the honeycomb of the honeybee and other bees. The mixing of pollen oils into honeycomb wax turns the white wax into a yellow or brown color.
Enjoy the Nelson Honey Honeycomb from the pure environment of New Zealand. You can eat it as-is, or spread on warm bread or on top of your salad or oatmeal.
When taken by mouth:
Beeswax is likely safe for most people when taken by mouth as food. While rare, some people may have an allergic reaction to beeswax.
Please talk to your doctor if you are concerned.
Weight : 340g
Area: ONLY Available within New Zealand
The science behind Bee Venom is still developing and researchers continue to find new uses for it. We add small quantities of Bee Venom to Manuka Honey to create our hugely successful Nectar Ease product range and this also forms the basis for our Royal Nectar skincare range.
Bee venom composition
Bee Venom composition and strength varies between Honeybee species and small variances are identifiable between bee breeds and locations.
The natural components of Bee Venom have been isolated and studied scientifically and one of the most important components has been identified as Melittin. Making up about 50% of the Bee Venom.
Bee venom uses
Here at Nelson Honey we use Bee venom in two ways and have become famous for our innovation with this ingredient.
We started adding Bee Venom to honey over 3 decades ago after feedback from beekeepers was so positive. A range of Nectar Ease products was formed with our original Bee Venom and Manuka Honey, gaining a great reputation in New Zealand.
Nectar Ease honey was originally used as an ingredient of a facial treatment gaining worldwide media attention from which our Royal Nectar skincare range was born.
Today the Royal Nectar skincare range has a strong following and is particularly famous with Asian consumers.
Bee venom extraction
The Bee Venom used in Nectar Ease is extracted exclusively from the Apis Melifera species of Honeybee. Bee Venom is extracted from Honeybees using low voltage electrical stimulation. Beekeepers use a so-called collection frame that has wire electrodes installed that have a low electrical current running through them on a glass base, just like in the picture above. These frames are installed in honey hives and bees that come into contact with the wire electrodes will receive a small electrical shock. This causes bees to sting the glass, releasing the venom without losing their barbed sting (which usually results in bee deaths).
Once the collection process has finished, the Bee Venom dries on the glass, then the whole frame is transported to a laboratory to collect the venom.
No bees are harmed during the bee venom collection process.
Science of Pollen
Pollen grains are small, male reproduction units from flowering plants. The major components of pollen are proteins, amino acids, lipids and sugars. During nectar gathering, bees distribute pollen from one flower to another. Pollen grains can be distinguished by their outer form and chemical or nutrient composition. This knowledge of pollen is useful in determining the geographic and botanical origin of honeys.
The pollen collected by beekeepers is not same as the fine, powdery pollen from flowers. The hundreds of pollen grains per flower collected by honeybees are packed into pollen pellets on their hind legs with the help of special combs and hairs. A honeybee carries two pollen pellets per trip.