Sugarbag is honey made by Australian native stingless bees. Normal honey is made by honey bees introduced from Europe. Both types of honey are a natural sweet substance originating from the nectar of flowers, which bees collect and transform. But sugarbag has its own special flavour. Try it drizzled over vanilla ice cream or other dessert. Only tiny amounts of sugarbag are produced, less than 1 kg per hive per year and so it is a special product, to be savoured and relished.
Sugarbag was, and continues to be, a highly prized food for Indigenous Australians who hunted it from wild nests; it’s real bush tucker. Read an extract from The Native Bee Book about indigenous peoples and stingless bees.
Our hive designs that allow us to extract honey sustainably, without harming the colony. Extracting honey from a hive with a dedicated honey section is simple: just pry, pierce, drain and strain. To use this method, you need a hive that has a section on top for storing the honey (see our honey OATH design). First, remove the honey section by loosening it with a hive tool or other lever and prying it open. Then invert the honey section so that the open side faces up, and pierce the honey pots. I use a tool that resembles a miniature bed of nails to do this. Next turn the honey section over onto a plastic container to catch the tide of liquid gold that issues forth. Allow the honey to drain for at least five minutes. After the honey section has fully drained, put it back on top of the hive. Back home in your kitchen, you can strain the honey again using a finer gauze to filter out any impurities.
The honey pots damaged during honey extraction will be quickly rebuilt. When the hive has regained weight, you can repeat the extraction procedure and you will find the honey pots rebuilt as good as new.
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