Pua-ā-Tāne: An Award Winning Honey
This honey was a Finalist for the 10th Black Jar International Honey Contest held in Asheville, USA in 2021, reaching the Top 30 out of hundreds of entries from countries across the globe.
This wonderful honey also won a Bronze Medal in the Outstanding Food Producers Awards 2021 in New Zealand. Pua-ā-Tāne – an award-winning honey!
Pua-ā-Tāne: What’s Special About This Honey?
Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey is our forest reflection in a jar. Pua is the Maori word for flower, blossom or seed and so denotes the essence of life, flourishing and fertility. Tāne is our God of the Forest. He descends from Rangi, our Sky Father, and Papa, our Earth Mother. In our stories of origin, Tāne begat all life in our forests, including all trees, birds and insects, so we see our forests and all in it as his offspring or reflection.
Each season brings into this unique honey varying combinations of forest nectars such as Rewarewa, Tāwari, Tawhero, Hinau, Kānuka and Mānuka. So it is that this honey has been named by our elders and forest experts as Pua-ā-Tāne – as a reflection of the essence of the life and bounty of our forest.
Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey is the natural fusion of the tastes and properties from our forest trees, as collected by our bees in a special place known as Ohāua-te-Rangi in the heart of Te Urewera, just north of our base in Ruatāhuna. Our beekeepers service the hives in the Ohāua region by horseback during the season, then the harvest is collected by helicopter.
Pua-ā-Tāne is ideal for all uses of honey – as a daily elixir for good health in drink or straight from the jar, as a spread on toast or bread, for flavouring and enhancing sweet and savoury dishes in your cooking. We use Pua-ā-Tāne every day for our cool and hot drinks – with lime or lemon, tea or coffee, keeping us in great health throughout the year.
Pua-ā-Tāne: Customer Favourite
Pua-ā-Tāne is a real favourite for a many of our customers. Here is what John McLean from Gisborne had to say:
“I must say that my wife Shona and I really enjoy the Pua-a-Tane honey we recently purchased. It is a treat of a honey which I prefer over all others…The Pua-a-Tane is really great. I wish you every success with marketing it”.