National Honey Week returns

National Honey Week returns

Sweet Honey and honeycombThe Airborne National Honey Week is back for a second year in March 2015. Tying in with the end of the New Zealand honey season, it will be a celebration of the country’s sweetest natural resource, with a particular emphasis on the versatility, quality and uniqueness of New Zealand’s honey types.

Among other activities, public tastings around the country will give Kiwis the opportunity to taste the eight main varieties of New Zealand single flower honey types – from Kamahi and Clover to Manuka and Honeydew. Airborne Honey is also launching a nationwide honey challenge, inviting Kiwis to choose and share their favourite via social media. There are prizes on offer for those that share their top honey and use the hashtag: #NZHoneyWeek. Airborne Honey will be giving away a pack of six different premium monofloral honeys every day for two weeks starting on Tuesday 17 March.

New Zealand is home to a number of honey varieties that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, including Tawari, Kamahi, Rata and Manuka Honey. Unlike most honey producing countries, New Zealand is also well known for not using antibiotics for the treatment of bee diseases.

National Honey Week is led by Airborne Honey, New Zealand‘s oldest honey brand. Still a family owned business, Airborne has been an integral part of the New Zealand honey industry for more than 100 years, starting with just a few hives in 1910.

This year, Airborne Honey will also be organising a series of activities to raise funds for Trees For Bees, a New Zealand research organisation dedicated to promoting bee health. Among other things, Trees for Bees encourages farmers and others to plant bee-friendly flowers, trees and shrubs to protect and support bees. As pollinators, bees are vital to the future of New Zealand farming and agriculture, with 80% of the diversity of what we eat entirely or partly dependent on pollinators. Donation boxes will be set up at National Honey Week tasting spots to collect funds.

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