Rātā is another iconic Kiwi tree, a relative to Pōhutukawa, Mānuka and Kānuka. With 11 different species, Rātā can be found from Stuart Island right up to the top of Northland. Southern Rātā (the species we use) thrives in the high rainfall areas of the West Coast. Rātā trees tend to flower only once every few years, when they do, flooding native forests with colour from their iconic vibrant red flowers. When flowering, Rātā honey flows plentifully and has a unique light (almost white) colour and soft flavour.
Rātā is loved by a range of different native species. Birds such as the tui, bellbird and kākā, bees, bats and lizards also feed off the flower's nectar. Some trees live up to 500 years old helping to support their native environment. This Kiwi classic felt only natural to pair with another, so we have combined Rātā honey with Waikato feijoas for this session mead. The soft, light honey is a perfect match with the fruitiness of Feijoas for a zingy yet smooth session mead.