Sunday, February 04, 2018

Jarrah and Marri Honey: A Liquid Goldrush of Medical Benefits

By Sean Murphy

Western Australia is experiencing a new gold rush, but it has nothing to do with precious metals.

It's liquid gold — honey sourced from the state's unique jarrah and other forests, rich in antimicrobial and other health giving properties.

Farm gate prices have increased tenfold in the last decade and the strongest "medi-honeys" are now selling for as much as $100 a kilogram in China.

Independent testing of jarrah and marri honey in New Zealand in 2016 found that it had stronger antimicrobial properties than the much prized manuka honey.

Jarrah and marri honey samples were submitted for a phenol equivalence assay, which compared resistance against Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as golden staph...

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