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February 10, 2019

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University of Queensland report: Flow Hive honey tastes “fresher” and more “floral”

Flow’s “honey on tap” harvesting technology allows for the honey flavours from individual nectar sources to shine through– much to the delight of honey connoisseurs. Consumers and apiarists are reporting that Flow honey tastes better. Now a University of Queensland (Australia) study has confirmed that you really can Taste the Difference!

According to the Flow-commissioned study “Sensory descriptive profiling of Flow honey compared to honey extracted using conventional methods”, by University of Queensland’s Drs Sandra Olarte and Heather Smyth, the Flow Frame extraction method yields honey with fresher, cleaner flavours then conventionally extracted honey.

UQ scientists took two honeys harvested three different ways and performed taste tests.

University of Queensland Taste testing booths use red lighting to eliminate colour differences between samples enabling panelists to focus on the full flavour experience.

The yellow pea honey and macadamia honey were harvested using conventional methods in an electric centrifugal extractor or commercial extraction facility, or using Flow’s gentle “honey on tap” harvesting technology.

Flow honeys scored lower for less desirable characteristics such as pungency and lingering aftertaste while scoring higher when it came to yummy floral, herbaceous and citrus (bee-licious!).

 

The sensory analysis found that:

  • Flow Frame honeys had fresher, cleaner characters than commercial samples. Flow Frame honeys of both varieties had higher scores for floral aroma. More herbaceous aroma was present in the Flow Hive yellow pea honey samples and more citrus aroma was present in the macadamia honey.
  • The Flow Frame honey samples had the lowest scores for pungency and lingering aftertaste.
  • The commercial honey samples had more caramelised and oxidised like notes making it ‘less fresh’ overall in honeys from both floral sources.
  • The lack of freshness in commercial samples was represented by higher scores for the attribute dried fruit mix aroma and flavour in yellow pea honey, and in the macadamia honey samples by the higher scores for raisin/dark toffee aroma and flavour.

Meanwhile, Flow Hive customers who have entered their honeys into their local agricultural shows are reporting that they are winning medals and ribbons across the world.



How sweet is that?

 

October 25, 2018

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Honey is the perfect treat this Halloween

Happy, spooky Halloween! We share a recipe for healthy, honey-sweetened treats for your little (and big) ghouls and ghosts. Honey is better than sugar after all – especially Flow harvested honey ;-)

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October 08, 2018

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How to overwinter your Flow Hive in extremely cold climates

Keep bees in a very cold climate, and wondering what winter provisions are needed to keep your bees cosy? Here we outline what you need to consider, prepare and do to ensure your colony survive over-winter in your Flow Hive in northern climates.

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October 05, 2018

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Wintering in different climatic zones

Wondering how to keep your bees cosy over winter? In this blog, we discuss general overwintering, and over-weathering, techniques and preparations to ensure your colony survives through your winter – no matter the weather!

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August 08, 2018

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We're proudly a Certified B Corporation®

We are proud to announce some very exciting news! We’re now a Certified B Corporation®. Being a Certified B Corp means running our company with strong guidelines rooted in social and environmental responsibility – using the power of business for positive impact in the world.

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July 24, 2018

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Sweet Pure Honey Cinnaspread

Stella Sehn of Sweet Pure Honey in Saskatchewan, Canada sell their sweet and red clover honey at the farmers' markets and online. Stella also makes a variety of value-add products with the honey including soaps and honey spreads. She said her “Sweet Pure Honey Cinnaspread added value product literally saved us. It’s so easy to make and everyone loves it!”

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July 13, 2018

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Honey – tasty and good for you (inside and out)!

While there’s still no cure in sight for the cold or the flu there are alternative symptom relief options other than over-the-counter treatments. Have you considered taking the natural approach?

Flow Hive explore some home honey remedies that may help you feel better inside and out along the way.

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