April 7, 2017

Pollen Analysis of NZ Honey

This summarised the analysis of 45 honey samples from the Waikato University Honey Research Unit’s honey databank to determine whether they were aligned to the label based on pollen analysis. The study concluded that of 21 multifloral honeys that was tested were accurately labeled or very close to its labelled palynological criteria. The six exceptions included two labelled as Kanuka honey, which are mixed Kanuka/lotus/clover honeys, one labelled as Tawari honey (clover honey), two labelled Kamahi, which are mixed Quintinia/Manuka/Kamahi and clover/Manuka/Kamahi honeys, respectively, as well as one labelled as Rewarewa honey, which is also clover honey. One Kamahi sample, one borage sample, and one Tawari honey sample proved to not have enough pollen to be counted. All other named honeys contain enough pollen of the nominated pollen source to be true with their labelling and in some cases palynology showing that the honey could be called monofloral, but not necessarily on the basis of the named source species. Modern alcohol-based processing must be adopted to ensure the maximum number and diversity of pollen grains of the honey being tested. Centrifuging is recommended, however there must be no crushing or staining.

http://www.umf.org.nz/wp-content/myimages/2016/11/Pollen-Analysis-of-NZ-Honey-Mildenhall-Tremain-2005-SR-2005-006-1-1.pdf

 

 

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