Honey New Zealand - Flavours of the country?

The taste of honey New Zealand depends closely on source and location, as well as time of the year. A multi floral or wild flower honey from New Zealand has its very own characteristics that distinguishes it from honey collected by busy bees in a different location.

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They are categorized in mono-floral and poly-floral. Grading follows tests in a laboratory where the pollen amount of nectar sources present are established. Following an international codex of 'Food Standards Programme', then a conclusion of honey source can be made. The honey is specified after a single source, or categorized as a composition of flower sources.

Beekeepers of honey New Zealand influence the outcome by emptying beehives before the flowering period of their target nectar. Another method is to set the beehive into an area dominated by the flowering vegetation they desire their honey to be from. Blending honeys is often done after the extraction out of the combs to guarantee a continuous equal outcome.

The New Zealand honey bee is pre-dominantly from the Italian strain. They were first brought into the country by European settlers in 1839. Since then a wide range of honeys developed of native plants and in abundance growing introduced once.

The sweet treat is available in mild and strong flavours, from light to dark tones, in aromas expanding from flowery to bitter sweet, in creamed or liquid form. Often honey with a higher tendency to crystallize will be offered in a  creamed form.

In Manuka Honey New Zealand a distinct health supporting quality could be proofed in scientific findings which even gained the attention of medicinal practitioners. Their prove and acceptance propelled the use of manuka honey for a range of ailments.

New Zealand honey variations :

Kamahi Honey

Source: Kamahi tree grows in the North and South Island
Bloom: Blooms in spring
Colour: yellowish
Taste: strong, complex flavour
Texture: Its tendency to crystallize fast lets producer offer it creamed

Tawari Honey

Source: Endemic canopy tree on the North Island, grows from Cape Reinga to Urewera
Bloom: Flowers from October to the end of December
Colour: Light amber coloured
Taste: Subtle mild, reminds of butterscotch
Texture: liquid

Rata Honey

Source: Rata tree grows at the West Coast of the South Island
Bloom: Flowering time is from January to March, yet periodic, affects supply regularity
Colour:Its colour is very light
Taste: Distinct flavour almost a bit salty
Texture: fast crystallizing, creamed

Rewarewa Honey

Source: Native Rewarewa tree; slender, grows up to 40m upright, throughout North Island, on the South Island in the Marborough Sounds
Bloom: October to December
Colour: shiny reddish amber shade
Taste: smooth malty
Texture: liquid

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Pohutukawa Honey

Source: Native pohutukawa tree; home to the coast; reaches a height of 20m; often spread branches horizontally
Bloom: November to January
Colour: whitish pale
Taste: creamy with a floral nuance
Texture: creamed

Thyme Honey

Source: Common Thyme grows in the area of Central Otago
Bloom: November
Colour:colour of burnt grass
Taste: intense herbal flavour
Texture: creamed or liquid

Viper’s Bugloss Honey

Source: South Island in Marlborough and Otago
Bloom: December to March
Colour: brownish tint, darkens with time
Taste: delicate floral trace
Texture: dry and chewy

Manuka honey

Source: Native manuka tree; widely spread on North and South Island; shrub ;2-5m height; Active Manuka Honey can be extremely rich in antioxidants and antibacterial qualities
Bloom: November to January
Colour: dark coloured
Taste: strong with herbal and woody characteristics
Texture: creamed

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Clover Honey

Source: Mainly white clover all over New Zealand
Bloom: November to March depends on region
Colour: light coloured; shading influenced by other honey types
Taste: silky floral bouquet
Texture: creamed or liquid

Honey New Zealand surprises with a wide range on flavours unique to New Zealand. A mixture on native and introduced sources some even capture the sea in their taste with a slight salty tone.

New Zealand Honey

Manuka Honey
Rata Honey
Viper's Bugloss Honey

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Encountered flora on a bush walk....

Cabbage tree
Kauri tree
Kowhai tree
Manuka tree
Nikau palm
Pohutukawa tree

Rimu tree
Silver fern
Flax
Timber milling in West Auckland
Popular honey flavours from New Zealand
Tree art prints

Encountered New Zealand birds and wildlife on a walk ...

Fantail
Kereru, New Zealand wood pigeon
Kiwi bird
Silvereye

Tui bird
New Zealand possum
Pukeko, New Zealand swamp hen
Bird art


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