Parkhill Apiaries is a small family-owned beekeeping business located in Heriot, West Otago, New Zealand. Warren is the beekeeper of the family when he isn’t working full time as an engineer in a local agricultural contracting business. Cindy is the bookkeeper and makes the beeswax wraps in addition to looking after their two boys aged 2 and 5.
Beekeeping has been in Warren’s family for approximately 20 years, with his father Lindsay originally owning the hives. Warren has been interested in bees for some time and finally got the opportunity to turn this interest into a ‘hobby’ when we shifted to Heriot from Dunedin in early 2015. This allowed us to purchase the beekeeping business from Lindsay and turn Parkhill Apiaries into what it is today. While Lindsay’s focus was selling honey in bulk to large honey companies, our focus has been on packaging and marketing our honey to the local market. We currently have around 200 hives and are proud of the honey they produce.
To help protect the environment and help the bees we also produce reusable beeswax wraps. Beeswax wraps are designed to be used in place of plastic food wrap, reducing the amount of plastic in our landfills and therefore benefiting the environment. Approximately 1/3 of our food comes as a direct result of honey bee pollination. Therefore, it is essential that we do our bit and protect the environment so that bees can continue to survive.
To use the wrap simply fold the beeswax wrap around your food item and the wrap will stick to itself, sealing the food inside. They can also be used to seal bowls and dishes; simply place the wrap over the bowl and use the heat of your hands to seal the wrap to the bowl.
Common uses for the wraps include wrapping up cheese, covering the tops of sour cream pottles and wrapping up leftover avocado etc. They are ideal for using to wrap up sandwiches and snacks for lunches as well as covering dishes of leftovers in the fridge. The wraps allow the food to breathe while still staying sealed and therefore the food stays fresher for longer. Beeswax wraps are not suitable for using to cover or wrap raw meat.