On our drive to Mornington Peninsula, last weekend, we made an interesting stopover at Pure Peninsula Honey at Derril Road in Moorooduc.
It is brainchild of apiarist John Winkels, who turned his hobby into a full time business. It all started in 1985, when John found 2 feral beehives in a dead gum tree in a farm in Moorooduc, which he carefully monitored, tended and later moved into boxes thereby laying the foundation of this beautiful farm. After operating for over 25 years it is now quite well known for its honey and has helped many orchards in Victoria and New South Wales pollinate and produce honey.
Visiting this farm gives you a good inside in the world of honey. I learned so many new things about honey, like there are over 30 different types of honey to suit different needs and tastes. You can sample these different types of honey and even buy them together with wax, honeycomb, cosmetic products and honey ice cream too.
Did you know how bees make honey? Honeybees use nectar, which is almost 80% water mixed with some complex sugars, to make honey. Bees actually have two stomachs, one normal stomach and the other in which hold the nectar. It can hold almost 70mg of nectar, almost equal weight of the bee.
Once the bee returns to its hive, it passes the nectar to other bees, who chew it for about half an hour. During this time the enzymes break the complex sugars to simpler easily digestible sugars. The bees then spread this over the hive so that water can evaporate and the result is a thick syrup. They fan this syrup with their wings so that it dries fast. Once the honey is gooey enough the bees seal the honeycomb with wax.
If you are heading to Mornington Peninsula, it is a small diversion and you can visit this beautiful honey farm. Highly recommended whether you are kid or an adult.