As well as honey bees, Elke breeds and sells native stingless bees in Sydney. The native stingless bees are a different species of bee to the honey bees and do not produce as much, if any honey or nectar (also called sugarbag). These bees are however very good pollinators for your vegetables, flowering plants and fruit trees.
Having a native bee hive is one way you can assist in providing displaced habitat and a way that you can contribute to Australia’s food security.
Native stingless bees are also fascinating to observe and a very rewarding addition to your garden, aged care home or business.
Elke sells a limited number of Native stingless bees in hives each spring (only to coastal parts of Sydney). Click here for more information.
The native stingless bees are called Tetragonula carbonaria and are native to the coastal area of the Sydney Basin (and are also found in coastal areas of NSW and Qld). Elke’s native bees are acclimatised to the Sydney climate as the bees are bred here in Sydney.
elkeHONEY comes from the honey bee which is the species: Apis mellifera. Elke’s honey bees happily live in Woollahra, Sydney, NSW, close to Centennial Park where they pollinate the local flowering trees and plants.
Elke’s honey is created by her bees and is then spun out of their frames only 300 metres from Whole Foods House, Queen Street, Woollahra making elkeHONEY a very local product. The bees fly around 5km from their hives (located next to Centennial Park). There are virtually no food miles to elkeHONEY and almost a zero carbon footprint.
Not only are the food miles ‘zero’, but local honey that has not been heat treated reduces the impact of allergies and boosts the immune system as the bees produce local antibodies and the local raw honey contains these and other beneficial antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
Click on the image to read Michelle Wranik’s article in the Wentworth Courier.