Spotlight on Kānuka Honey – an effective topical treatment for skin this winter

Mānuka Honey is known and loved in New Zealand and internationally for its antibacterial properties and the benefits it has for our health. However, Mānuka’s cousin, Kānuka, is making headway as a topical treatment for a variety of skin conditions that flare up over the winter months.Mānuka i...

Honey Baked Figs With Ginger Infused Mascarpone

A soul warming weekend breakfast for those cold winter mornings... and a welcome change from the usual pancakes.  Plus - making the most of the short but sweet Fig Season!INGREDIENTS:8 Mission Figs 4 Slices of Sourdough Bread 2 tbsp. Mountain Valley Honey Kamahi Honey plus some for dr...

The daily grind of our humble honey bees

Honey bees are amazing creatures who work harmoniously together to produce the sweet, tasty honey we all know and love.Although they look similar, within a hive there are three distinctly different honey bees, each playing an important part in the honey making process. These include the Quee...

New look, same great honey for MVH

Behind the scenes, the team at Mountain Valley Honey (MVH) have been busy working away at something rather exciting. After 10 years, Murray and Nicky felt it was time for a fresh new look, so they enlisted the help of local design company NOKNOK to help.Together with NOKNOK, the team created...

Annie’s Honey Biscuits, with Mountain Valley Honey Rata Honey

Here at Mountain Valley Honey, we always enjoy tried & true family recipes.Ingredients125g butter½ cup caster sugar1 egg yolk2 cups plain flour1 tsp baking soda¼ cup Mountain Valley Honey Rātā Honey (warmed)MethodSoften butter and beat with caster sugar until light and cr...

Why is some honey runny, and some honey solid? The answer from Mountain Valley Honey

At Mountain Valley Honey, a common question we get asked is “why is some honey in liquid form, and others more solid?” In this month’s blog post, Co-owner and beekeeper, Murray Elwood will give you the answer.“Crystallization or setting is a natural process for most honeys,” he says.“It s...

Honeydew Summer Berry Crumble

SUMMER CRUMBLE 8 stalks rhubarb cut into 1cm pieces300g boysenberries ( fresh or frozen)100mls MOUNTAIN VALLEY HONEYDEW honeyPreheat the oven to 180C fan bakePlace the rhubarb and berries in an ovenproof dish about the size of a quiche dish. Drizzle the honey over the...

A day in the life of a Mountain Valley Honey Beekeeper

“Our role as beekeepers is to ensure our bees are in the best environment, that they are well looked after, so they can produce good quality honey.”When it comes to producing a jar of Mountain Valley Honey, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes, and our team of beekeepers play a cruci...

Mary’s Honey Tart

With the less than ideal weather we've been having, its the perfect time to snuggle up and whip up one of Mary's Honey Tarts! It's delicious and can be enjoyed all year round, recipe below:Base1 ½ Cups plain sweet biscuit crumbs90g butter, melted1 ½ tsp Mixed SpiceHoney filling2 e...

A continuing journey towards sustainability for Mountain Valley Honey

As a primary producer, Mountain Valley Honey feels a connection to the land and the bees during the honey making process.That’s why MVH know how easy it is to get caught up in the “convenience” options of today’s busy world.But co-owner, Nicky Elwood, says it’s important to her and the bu...