Rewarewa Honey Flower
Rewarewa Honey propertieis heath and wellbeing video

Rewarewa – Beyond Mānuka

Our indigenous honeysuckle tree that gives an outstanding honey rich in taste and beneficial properties.

Rewarewa (Knightia excelsa) is our indigenous honeysuckle tree that gives an outstanding honey rich in taste and beneficial properties. Rewarewa grows in groves in well-lit parts of our forest, and stands above the forest shrubbery as a fine tree of up to 30 metres in height. The flowers are clustered together on stalks with about 50-80 flowers in each cluster. The flower is designed for pollination by birds such as tui and bellbird, so it gives a bounty of nectar which our bees find to make this delicious honey.

Traditionally, the nectar of the rewarewa tree was collected by our ancestors for a sweetener as it contains about 45% sugars – a true honeysuckle! The inner bark was used for bandaging over wounds to check bleeding and help healing.

Research has found that Rewarewa Honey has a range of properties from antibacterial to anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Rewarewa honey has a beautiful deep reddish amber colour and a rich, full-bodied taste. Use daily straight from the jar, or in drinks. Rewarewa is especially favoured by chefs for use in savoury and dessert dishes to create culinary delights!

TRY OUR FOREST HONEYS....

from our vast untouched forests in Te Urewera – homeland of our tribe Tūhoe.