As producers of organic honey we are often asked “what makes organic honey different from the normal stuff”? The simple answer is “no chemical residues”. However, that does not tell the full story. Producing organic food is much more than simply avoiding agricultural chemicals. It is about total product integrity, from  the very beginning of production up until the point of sale.

To gain Certified Organic status, our honey must meet several criteria before gaining certification. The main criteria are:

  1. Beehives must be sited more than 3km from any areas of intensive agriculture.

  2. The vegetation surrounding the beehives must be primarily “spontaneous vegetation”.

  3. The bees‘ winter feed honey cannot be replaced with sugar syrup (a common practice in conventional beekeeping). The honeybees must be left with enough honey for themselves.

  4. All honey we produce must be traceable back to the producing beehives (no bulk blending or cross blending).

  5. No synthetic chemicals or any types of antibiotics to be used in the organic beehives (again, common practices in conventional beekeeping).

  6. Honey must never be heated above 37ºC, to protect the natural properties such as enzymes.

  1. Synthetic chemicals of any sort must never have been used within the beehives or equipment.     

Many producers make a cynical attempt to capitalise on unsuspecting consumers by putting the word “organic” in their brand. You, the consumer, must ensure that your food clearly says it is “certified organic”. Otherwise, you simply pay extra for mainstream food. Some producers do make a genuine effort to provide you with organic food but are not in a position to go through the certification process.  As long as you are sure they are trying their best to provide you with products that have integrity it is Ok.

Our beehives have been Certified Organic since 1995, but have been managed in the spirit of organic production since the 1900's!  Wildpure has its organic certification with Asurequality New Zealand.  Our certification Number is: NZ474 as can be seen on the logo.