Australian aphrodisiac honey from Phoenix palm creates buzz in Middle East

A store mix of honey produced in northern New South Wales has actually ended up being searched for in the Middle East where it is taken in as an aphrodisiac.

Apiarist Gabrielle Morley, 80, initially planted numerous Phoenix date palms (Phoenix canariensis) on her residential or commercial property near Byron Bay to offer as landscaping plants.

However, a journey to the United Arab Emirates exposed the palms were thought about more than decorative.

“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 don’t need it,” Ms Morley stated.

“But it turned out what they were offering us were the male flowers of these trees, and I was a bit astounded.

Phoenix palms planted at Gabrielle Morley’s bee sanctuary.(Supplied: Gabrielle Morley)

More than an aphrodisiac

Ms Morley went back to Australia and discovered several studies that backed the Phoenix palm pollen as a natural aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer.

“It was a bit various to Viagra, which offers individuals a disposition,” Ms Morley said.

“This really provided the ammo too, so for me this spelt hormonal agent treatment equates to anti-ageing equals I require this.”

UAE-based honey importer Riath Hamed said the properties of the Phoenix palm were well known in the Middle East, but Ms Morley’s honey was not marketed as an aphrodisiac alone.

“The method we market is simply the credibility of how Gabrielle appreciates the environment, the credibility of how she is as a beekeeper, and the biodiversity of her environment,” Mr Hamed said.

“And the flavour profile of her honey is distinct.”

A close-up of a bee on an orange flower
Nutrient-thick plant types are grown for bees at Gabrielle Morley’s residential or commercial property.(ABC Landline: Leah White)

A bee sanctuary

Ms Morley became an apiarist four years ago at age 76 when she realised she would need the help of bees to reach the palm pollen.

“It’s a bit dangerous to be up the tree, they’re irritable,” she stated.

While looking into beekeeping, Ms Morley found her bees would require more than the Phoenix palms to have a correctly well balanced diet plan.

A bee mid-air near lavender with a beehive in background
Gabrielle Morley’s residential or commercial property is planted with types that flower throughout the year.(ABC Landline: Samantha Turnbull)

She converted her property into a bee sanctuary, filled 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 world are essentially in a lot of difficulty from monoculture and the practices that are utilized,” Ms Morley said.

“If they put you in an orchard loaded with something for a couple of months and you’ve got an out of balance diet plan you’re not going to be healthy.

Ms Morley’s approaches suggest there are constantly flowers in blossom onsite, so her hives never ever need to be moved, her bees are not fed sugar supplements, and there is no requirement for chemical herbicides, pesticides or fertilisers.

“It’s really pleasing actually,” Ms Morley said.

“I hope that a lot of the small boutique honey producers can benefit from the trials that I’ve done in producing really high-quality honey.”

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