Creamed Leatherwood Honey
- TASTING NOTES: Melita Leatherwood Honey has a distinctively unique musky aroma and gritty, tannic texture that has no easy comparison. Candied and caramelised citrus fruits come to mind as do fresh rosemary and lavender. The flavours tingle in the mouth.
Late each summer the Leatherwood trees bloom deep within the vast untouched Tasmanian wilderness. The bees fly deep into the lush green forests, to places where man has never been and the Tasmanian Tiger is still thought to roam, where they collect the sweet nectar which drips abundantly from the pale white flowers.
This pure and aromatic honey is truly world class.
The unique flavours of Melita Leatherwood Honey are best appreciated on their own - spread on toast, stirred into a bowl of fresh yoghurt, or drizzled into a fine black tea.
Why is Leatherwood Honey so expensive?
In the summer of 2018-2019 vast areas of Leatherwood trees were lost in bushfires. Leatherwood trees do not regenerate after bushfire. This loss will be felt for many years to come.
In addition to bushfires another problem that is faced by Tasmanian beekeepers is weather - the leatherwood flower is extremely delicate and weather conditions on the West Coast of Tasmania can be extremely harsh. A strong gust of wind is enough to dislodge the delicate flower from the tree - no flower, no nectar, no honey.
Leatherwood trees also require lots of moisture and recent seasons have been very dry. This reduces the flow of nectar from the trees.therwood trees - in the summer of 2019-2020, for the next honey harvest.
What is Creamed Honey?
When honey is extracted from the honeycomb it is fluid and amber in colour. Honey is chockful of healthy natural enzymes and over time these cause the the liquid honey to crystalise. As this occurs we whip and spin the honey until it is creamy, smooth and spreadable.