A boutique blend of honey produced in northern Original South Wales has turn into sought after in the Heart East where it is consumed as an aphrodisiac.
- Phoenix palm pollen is regarded as a natural aphrodisiac
- Honey from a Phoenix palm plantation is sought after in the Heart East
- Apiarist Gabrielle Morley has created a bee sanctuary among her Phoenix palms in northern NSW
Apiarist Gabrielle Morley, 80, originally planted a entire lot of Phoenix date palms (Phoenix canariensis) on her property near Byron Bay to promote as landscaping plants.
On the other hand, a time out to the United Arab Emirates revealed the palms were regarded as more than ornamental.
“We were in the markets and the traders there started offering us Viagra, and I was a bit taken aback because at our age we produce not want it,” Ms Morley said.
“Nevertheless it grew to turn into out what they were offering us were the male plant life of these trees, and I was a bit astounded.
More than an aphrodisiac
Ms Morley returned to Australia and came upon several stories that instantaneous the Phoenix palm pollen as a natural aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer.
“It was a bit diversified to Viagra, which affords folk an inclination,” Ms Morley said.
“This actually gave them the ammunition as successfully, so for me this spelt hormone therapy equals anti-ageing equals I want this.”
UAE-based honey importer Riath Hamed said the properties of the Phoenix palm were successfully-known in the Heart East, but Ms Morley’s honey was not marketed as an aphrodisiac alone.
“The way we market is fair the authenticity of how Gabrielle respects the ambiance, the authenticity of how she is as a beekeeper, and the biodiversity of her ecosystem,” Mr Hamed said.
“And the flavour profile of her honey is outlandish.”
A bee sanctuary
Ms Morley became an apiarist four years ago at age 76 when she realised she would want the assist of bees to reach the palm pollen.
“It’s a bit volatile to be up the tree, they’re prickly,” she said.
Whereas researching beekeeping, Ms Morley came upon her bees would want more than the Phoenix palms to have a well balanced weight reduction program.
She transformed her property into a bee sanctuary, stuffed with specially chosen nutrient-dense plants and medicinal herbs such as lemon balm, lavender, alyssum, anise hyssop, and jelly bush (manuka).
“Bees all over the globe are basically in a entire lot of misfortune from monoculture and the practices that are feeble,” Ms Morley said.
“If they save you in an orchard plump of 1 thing for a few months and you have received an unbalanced weight reduction program you are not going to be healthy.
Ms Morley’s strategies mean there are always plant life in bloom onsite, so her hives never have to be moved, her bees are not fed sugar supplements, and there will not be any want for chemical herbicides, pesticides or fertilisers.
“It’s totally gratifying really,” Ms Morley said.
“I am hoping that a lot of the small boutique honey producers can take pleasure in the trials that I’ve carried out in producing really high-quality honey.”