New England messmate

Eucalyptus andrewsii ssp. andrewsii

New England messmate (Clemson, p. 90) is a very valuable honey and pollen producing tree. Occasionally, very heavy crops of honey are obtained from this floral source.

It grows on the granite country of the Northern Tablelands of NSW.

Tests on two samples of the pollen indicated a 22% to 23% crude protein. This is above the recommended 20% c.p. required by honey bees.

The samples had a well balanced amino-acid profile, with no amino-acid below the levels established by De Groot (1953). (Table 5) New England messmate is the only eucalypt tested which has a high iso-leucine level. Both tests show above the 4% level for this essential amino-acid.

Table 5: New England messmate - Eucalyptus andrewsii ssp. andrewsii

Amino-acid
Minimum % of Amino-Acid from De Groot (1953)
Torrington 1988
Bingara 1994
Threonine 3.0 3.3 3.4
Valine 4.0 5.4 4.6
Methionine 1.5 2.0 2.4
Leucine 4.5 6.7 6.2
Iso-leucine 4.0 4.1 4.0
Phenylalanine 2.5 4.1 3.6
Lysine 3.0 6.8 5.5
Histidine 1.5 3.3 1.8
Arginine 1.0 7.5 5.7
Tryptophan 1.0 - -
Crude protein - 22.9% 21.9%

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