THE TASMANIAN HONEY CO | Leatherwood HoneyRegular price $16.00 $16.00
Tasmanian Leatherwood is naturally organic by virtue of the fact of where it is produced.
Consider for a moment the following images of a place: Ancient rainforests located on the global at latitude 42 degrees south is shared only by southernmost New Zealand and Tierra del Fuego.
At this latitude, the circumpolar winds whip up a constant westerly wind known as the Roaring Forties. These winds bring with them heavy moisture laden air drawn off the Great Southern Ocean only to deposit much of it as rain on the western side of Tasmania at the same time watering the rainforest where the Leatherwood trees grow and produce its golden harvest.
Think of the Leatherwood honey as the ‘distillate’ of this magic place. Leatherwood possesses remarkable aromas and flavours; a true distillate of a magnificent ancient landscape. Spicy and piquant…
Tasmania lies on latitude 42 south, sharing this latitude only with the South Island of New Zealand and Southern Chile. Generally a mountainous and inhospitable area. For a brief 6-8 weeks of the year, summer comes to this wild place and with it the annual blooming of the Leatherwood tree, Eucryphia Lucida.
The tree bears an abundance of extremely delicate white flowers with a fresh piquant scent. The bees visit these flowers for six weeks from January to mid-March and collect the distinctive aromatic nectar from them. During this time, The Tasmanian Honey Company's beekeepers actually camp in the remote wilderness while they remove the surplus honey from the beehives, enabling them to provide this highly sought after honey to connoisseurs around the world.
UNCOMPROMISABLE RAW HONEY
In keeping with The Tasmanian Honey Company's philosophical commitment to bringing one of the natures most unique gifts to customers in its uncompromised state, they have adopted a special low-temperature preparation technique. In carefully managing the extraction of the honey from the combs and its cleaning they are able to preserve both the floral essences and the innate vitality of their honey resulting in an aromatic and naturally organic food.
Because such low temperatures are used in the production, it does not inhibit the honey's natural tendency to crystalise, so to make the final product easy to use we encourage the honey to set with an ultra-fine crystal structure. This imparts to its a buttery and spreadable texture at room temperature. Also easy enough to spoon in and mix in whatever beverage you wish, from a ‘hot toddy’ to a honey lemon tea.
Most supermarket commercial brands of honey use high temperatures to delay the crystallising process and make production more efficient however this heat destroys the delicate flora essences, changes the flavour and generally compromises the other qualities and potential benefits of honey.