People often ask us for local honey when they visit the Garden Shed and Pantry at The Cygnet Market. Why is honey from Tasmania so well regarded? Is it because Tasmania has some of the cleanest air and water on the planet? Is it because Tasmania is the only place in the world which produces the unique Leatherwood honey from the pristine rainforest wilderness on the West Coast?
Tasmanian Honey (Not Tonight Honey)
Tasmanian honey is primarily single floral varieties. When bees visit flowers to gather nectar, the honey they produce has the unique taste, aroma and colour from that particular flower. Depending on the season, bees in Tasmania can visit trees, shrubs and flowers such as Manuka, Blue Gum, Leatherwood, Stringy Bark, Blackberry and Prickly Box.
We usually have Leatherwood and Forest Flower honey varieties for purchase at The Cygnet Market. The honey is produced by a local family (with a little help from their bees!). Sometimes we also have Blue Gum and Stringy Bark honey for sale. What is available depends on the nature of the seasons and how the bees are feeling. Not Tonight Honey is currently available in small (310g) and large (700g) jars.
Leatherwood honey is Tasmania’s premier honey, accounting for close to three quarters of all the honey produced on the island. Unlike many aromatic honeys that offer a feminine perfumed scent, Leatherwood honey is musky and spicy. The texture is creamy and smooth but it is not too sweet or acidic. Leatherwood melts in your mouth and offers a lingering after-taste. It does crystallize into very fine crystals and can get quite firm. To return Leatherwood Honey into its liquid, creamy form, gently heat it for two-three hours at under 100 degrees F. To truly appreciate this honey it must be liquid and creamy. After heating, it will stay liquid for many weeks. The colour is creamy yellow to ochre.
Organic products (including Tasmanian Not Tonight Honey and South Australian Orange Blossom Honey) can be obtained from the Cygnet Market or at the Garden Shed and Pantry.
Restrictions on transporting honey to other states within Australia:
Honey can not be taken from Tasmania to NSW/ACT or South Australia without a permit. In Western Australia all untreated honey, honey products like royal jelly, and second hand bee keeping equipment are banned from entering the State.
Transporting Honey to Victoria, Queensland or the Northern Territory is free and requires no permits.