Woolworths introduces a new vegan ‘honee’ alternative to honey
Made from concentrated apple juice instead of bee spit, the new product is available in 100 stores
Launched in middle September, the honee is made by Herbivore, a husband-and-wife team in Cape Town that also supplies Woolworths with kale chips, mushroom biltong, and date balls.
Finding an alternative to honey, which is essentially bee spit, was next on the agenda, stated Grantham.
Honey is essentially a food source for the bees. The population of bees are declining and yet the demand for honey is going up. This lead to why they started giving consumers an alternative to honey.
But replicating honey isn’t easy.
Bees store nectar in an extra stomach, where it mixes with enzymes.When they return to the hive, they regurgitate the nectar into the mouth of another bee, a process that continues until honey is finally deposited into honeycomb.
The vegan honee is packed with 1363 kilojoules of energy per 100g serving, with 80 grams of carbohydrates per 100g.