Our Fourth Newsletter | Red Stringybark is Back! | Clare Smyth, Matt Moran and Ross Lusted | Limited Beeswax Now Available | Reduced shipping rate and minimum spend until Easter | Beekeeping with La Niña
Malfroy's Gold | Australian Wild Honey, Honeycomb and Beeswax

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'Every saint has a bee in his halo'

Elbert Hubbard, June 19, 1856

Hello Friends,

We hope this finds you and your family well. We apologise for being very quiet on the newsletter front. The bees have been incredibly busy this Spring, Summer and Autumn (i.e. our beekeeping season), producing wild honey and keeping Tim on his toes.

During the very long, Australian bee season the world has been experiencing some serious climate related devastation and upheaval. Close to home, our hearts go out to those people and properties adversely affected by the flooding in NSW and QLD. Tim details below how the flooding, and La Niña, affected his beekeeping and the regions he works in this time around.

Despite the inclement weather, we are excited to announce that the incredible Red Stringybarks managed to flower for a very short period in late summer and we have a limited number of 500g jars available!

Additionally Tim has processed a small amount of beeswax and we have had a very fortunate start to the year, with more Australian and International chefs working with our products.



Back in Red

Red Stringybark Wild Honey Now Available

A rich, spicy, toffee-like flavoured honey with smoky, earthy undertones - perfect for Autumn!

Malfroy's Gold Red Stringybark Forests
Sunset over the grassy woodlands of the Central Tablelands where Red Strinybarks grow on the mountains and hilltops

Growing on elevated hills of the Central Tablelands at altitudes of 800 to 1100m (in an extreme climate with highly variable rainfall), the honey produced from Red Stringybark woodlands is one of the finest in Australia.

Only once every four to eight years will this tree flower, enlivening our bees to collect her rich, amber nectar during late summer and occasionally into early autumn. The wild honey produced from Red Stringybark forests is exceptionally high in mineral content and has the second lowest GI rating of any Australian honey (44).

It also received a TA rating of 39+, making it the highest rated of our products to date which are some of the most medicinally active honeys available. If you’re interested in the medicinal benefits of honey Tim has written articles that outline how our products differ from conventionally produced honey, including our latest offering.

Malfroy's Gold Red Stringybark 500g

Despite our other Wild Honey varieties crystallising naturally in the jar, this variety will definitely stay in liquid form (we have a jar from a 2006 harvest that is still entirely liquid!).

It is a thick, full bodied honey with a glassy amber colour, making it a nice contrast to the cloudy, earthy, crystallised varieties.

'An intense, generous aroma and flavour profile leaning into richer, confected characters. Concentrated, deeply flavoured and curiously and wonderfully spicy. A hedonistic honey for savouring.

Colour: Bronze gold, clear
Texture: Medium viscous
Aromas: Toffee apple, dried rose hip, caramelised sugar, cinnamon, faint eucalyptus
Flavours: Richer, toffee and caramel flavours, red berries, cola, light chilli, cinnamon, faint minty-peppery lift'

Mike Bennie, Australian Writer, Public Speaker and Wine Journalist

We have some more new releases coming soon - we will keep you updated via our newsletter and instagram so stay tuned!



Mutual Appreciation

From Aria to the Rockley Pub

We have been incredibly fortunate to have the patronage of one of Australia's most well known Chefs and Restaurateurs, Matt Moran, for a number of years. 2022 is no exception with our Wild Honey currently featuring on his menu at Aria in Sydney and included in the opening night celebration at his latest project, The Rockley Pub in the Central West.

The latter is especially meaningful as Emma is an 6th generation Rockleyite - her great, great, great grandfather was the first blacksmith in Rockley and his son and grandsons then purchased large tracts of land around the town for grazing properties.

Malfroy's Gold Aria Sydney
Eggplant and radicchio, with our Wild Honey and toasted seeds at Aria, Sydney (photo: @chefmattmoran)
Our Wild Honeycomb at the Rockley Pub
(photo: @chefmattmoran)
Emma and Tim were also married in Rockley, their first child was baptised there and they lived 5kms from the town on the last piece of Emma's family's farm for a number of years before settling in their current location in the Central West.

Emma's grandfather was very active in the community trying to revive the town, raising money to save local landmark buildings, refurbish the parks and amenities and helped organise events to celebrate and promote the village and it's remarkable history.

To have our Wild Honeycomb used on opening night, on Emma's grandfather's anniversary no less, by someone with similar aspirations was very special.

Oncore's Leading Lady paid us a visit

We were incredibly honoured to have Clare Smyth, Gordon Ramsay's protege (and chef for Harry and Meghan's wedding!), visit one of our Upper Blue Mountains apiaries with some of her staff in February to sample Wild Honeycomb and talk natural beekeeping with Tim.

Clare has been using our Wild Honey in her new Sydney restaurant, Oncore, for a few months now, which is an honour in itself. To say Tim was blown away to be included in the world famous, 3 Michelin star chef's one-week Australian visit would be an understatement.

Thank you Clare for the keen interest you take in the producers and regions you feature in your restaurants world wide. It was an absolute pleasure having you in our "office". You are a true queen bee!

Clare Smyth visits MalfroysGold
Clare and her team suited up!
(photo: @chefclaresmyth)
Tim Malfroy and Clare Smyth
Clare Smyth and Tim in the Blue Mountains
(photo: @chefclaresmyth)
Ross Lusted from Woodcut, Sydney

Ross and Sunny Lusted, a well known and highly regarded duo in the Australian fine dining scene, have included our Wild Honey on their menus for some years but have made it a feature in their latest venture, Woodcut, which, like Clare's Oncore, resides in Sydney's Crown Casino.

The restaurant is an ode to Australian food and life in every sense, decorated with amazing Australian art and the dining rooms named and designed after Australian flora.

It is a an immense honour to have Ross work with our honey and produce some truly original and beautiful dishes. His continued support of what we do is a blessing.

Ross Lusted once again weaving magic with our Wild Honey at Woodcut in Sydney (photo: @woodcutrestaurant)

There will be more images and articles to come in the near future from Clare's Apiary visit, and a magazine article on our honeycomb and beekeeping is being organised as we type. So keep an eye on our media page which is jam packed with features on us in the media, some of which include recipes from Australia's finest chefs.



A Reflection of Place

Product News

Despite the wet beekeeping season, we are very relieved our bees managed to produce plenty of Wild Honey (which is available in 3 jar sizes for most varieties) and Wild Honeycomb frames.

We also have a small amount of Beeswax available and mixed 4 packs, some including the latest release of Red Stringybark.

As always we have E-Gift vouchers on offer so you can give the gift of honey ~ very handy for Easter during pandemic peaks!

Shipping and Housekeeping

Given the resurgence of Covid and the floods in Australia, we have decided to extend our recently reduced shipping rate and reduced minimum spend requirement until Easter.

To allow for delivery by Easter (depending on Australia Post) we advise you to place your orders by the 4th April.

It can take us up to a week to process orders as everything is done in house, from the production of the goods all the way through to the packaging of your order. We generally allow another week for goods to be delivered as we live in Regional Australia.


This Month's Select Products

Malfroy's Gold Wild Honey 500g Red Stringybark

Wild Honey 500g
Red Stringybark

Malfroy's Gold 500g Wild Honey Mixed 4 Pack

Wild Honey 500g
Mixed 4 Pack
(other combinations and
sizes available)


Malfroy's Gold Pure Beeswax 1kg

Malfroy's Gold
1Kg Pure Beeswax Block

Malfroy's Gold Wild Honey 500g Mixed 4 Pack

Wild Honey 500g
Mixed 4 Pack
(other combinations and
sizes available)


* Please note we are bound by Australian Biosecurity regulations so are not permitted to send honey to TAS, NT or WA



Social Insects

Another instalment of Tim's Warré beekeeping adventures in the Blue Mountains and Central Tablelands.

Malfroys Gold La Nina 2022
Misty mountain weather has persisted all summer in the upper Mountains, a result of the La Niña weather system

What a strange season it has been - full of ups and downs and a lot of wet weather through it all. I’m writing now after just finishing a quick tour of the apiaries in the lower Blue Mountains to see how the colonies fared during the recent flooding and torrential rain.

Malfroy's Gold, Blue Mountains Wet Summer
In our Lower Blue Mountains apiaries, the bees are now foraging strongly on Red Bloodwood after the recent torrential downpours
Malfroy's Gold, Compact Brood
Beautiful compact brood. The colonies start shrinking their broodnest as the days shorten and weather cools

Having grown up in the area, I take great care in locating apiaries out of the flood zones. However, trees can come down in the apiaries, landslides can take out access roads and weeks of constant rain can have a detrimental affect on the vigour of the colonies. Many of our friends in the Hawkesbury were badly affected by the flooding and have worked so hard on their businesses in the area only to be hit by consecutive years of fires and floods - it is truly heartbreaking.

Malfroy's Gold, Wollemi Wilderness Wax
Fresh, delicate virgin comb being built by the bees in the Wollemi Wilderness
Warre Hive on Red Bloodwood
A Warré hive in the Wollemi Wilderness, with a Red Bloodwood (Corymbia gummifera) in flower in the background

Thankfully there were no losses in the apiaries and the bees are looking good, despite having eaten through a lot of their honey stores during the three weeks of rain. Some of the Red Bloodwood blossom survived the downpours, and the bees are bringing in large baskets of creamy pollen and rich red nectar from those trees.

It seems that every summer we are confronted with a different natural disaster to contend with - from bushfires to floods and damaging storms. Although these events have always occurred, the frequency and intensity continues to increase. Rather than view them as ‘unprecedented’, they are more likely the ‘new normal’ - and something that scientists have been predicting for over three decades.

Malfroy's Gold, Wild Honeycomb Yellow Box
Fresh Wild Honeycomb - the purest of all foods! Pictured here is a frame of Yellow Box (Eucalyptus melliodora)
Malfroy's Gold Catenary curve comb
When bees build natural comb off a top bar, it forms a catenary curve (the shape made by a chain or rope suspended by its ends)

Despite the grim realisation of this new normal, there is a lot to be thankful for: a magical spring honey flow in the Blue Mountains which enabled us to produce a beautiful crop of Wild Honeycomb; a Yellow Box honey flow in the Central Tabelands, somewhat subdued by the cooler La Niña conditions; a surprise, small harvest of both Red Bloodwood and Red Stringybark, two of our favourite varietal honeys. Considering the challenges of the second La Niña season in a row, it is heartening to see the colonies thriving and looking healthy and strong as we head into the cooler months.


Tim will continue to fill your feed with updates from the field about the ever changing and unique flora of the regions, bee biology, our wild honey produce and other interesting things - all bee related - follow along below!

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Once again, thank you to everyone who contacted us or purchased items after reading our previous newsletter, particularly those of you who took the time to let us know how much you enjoyed our Wild Honey! Your ongoing support of what we do is very much appreciated!

We hope you enjoyed our fourth newsletter and are always happy to hear your thoughts.
(If you missed our last newsletter and would like to read it you can do so here.)

Thank you for reading,
Tim, Emma and the Daughters of the Light

Below: Another stunning dish from Alex Prichard, Native Australian Bombe Alaska - Strawberry Gum, Plum Sorbet, Australian Chocolate, Malted Wattle Seed, Malfroy's Gold Wild Honey and Jersey Milk (Photo: @alexsprichard)
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