You may have heard about or seen ‘Ligurian Bee' honey, but did you know this honey is unlike any other honey in the world?…. Intrigued?
Like its name suggests, ‘Ligurian Bee' honey originates from Liguria, a beautiful region of Italy, home to the picturesque Cinque Terre.
Today the last genetically pure population of the Ligurian honeybees remains on Kangaroo Island (KI). Yes, you read that right; on the other side of the world in our home state of South Australia.
In 1881, European beekeepers who migrated to South Australia decided to introduce the Ligurian bees to KI. Just four years later in 1885, KI was declared a bee sanctuary, promising the purity of the Ligurian bee strain on the island. The island is essentially ‘quarantined’. This was crucial in ensuring that the bees remain free from exposure to common diseases and bacteria, as well as hybridization. This also means that these Ligurian honeybees can’t just be relocated off the island to other honey farms, when the conditions are not adequate for producing honey on KI.
The purity of the Ligurian bees is of uttermost importance. They play an important role in measuring diversity and could even help scientists protect the rest of the world’s honeybee population. Further, they could even be useful in the fight against cancer.
Due to drought conditions this past season, there is a shortage of Ligurian honey across Kangaroo Island.
The lack of rain and ground water has put the trees under stress, causing them to produce plenty of flora as a response. This might sound like a good thing, but the problem is that the majority of these flowers are dried out and are producing minimal nectar, meaning the hardworking bees have not been able to pollinate & produce honey.
As a result, Goodies and Grains is currently out of stock our Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee Raw Honey
We are hoping for plenty of healthy spring flowers this coming season, which means plenty of honey!!
We appreciate your patience, whilst the bees are hard at work to create this amazing and unique product!
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