The flavour of honey is dependent on many things but is mostly determined by the flowers that the bees feasted on while producing the honey.
Nowadays many of the most popular supermarket brands of honey in Australia offer mixed blends that combine a number of different honeys to produce a consistent and pleasant taste.
However, there are an astonishing number of different types of honey sold in Australia and it is well worth exploring the different kinds available at grocery stores, farmers' markets and direct from the farm gate (or apiary).
As the flavours of different honeys vary so much, you may find that you prefer one type of honey in your muesli, another in cakes or ice-creams, and yet another in salad dressing.
Part One of this series on Australian honey will focus on five different honeys produced by Buzz Honey, a South Australian honey producer.
Blue Gum Honey
This medium flavoured honey is produced by bees feeding on the Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalytus globulus). This honey has a magnificent, earthy yet slightly minty flavour and is wonderful drizzled on crumpets or used to make honey cakes or ice-creams. One South Australian ice cream manufacturer, Golden North, uses Blue Gum honey to produce their signature honey ice cream.
This honey from the Murray region of South Australia is a rich, strongly flavoured honey. More assertive in flavour than the Blue Gum, this honey would be perfect in strong tea as its flavour is assertive enough to still make its presence known. It would also go well drizzled over muselis with lots of different flavours and used in marinades with soy sauce and sesame oil.
This lovely honey from South Australia's Limestone Coast is a very delicately flavoured honey. It would be perfect on fresh bread or toast with butter or drizzled over yoghurt and fruit. It would work less well in cooking or hot beverages as some of the subtle flavour nuances would be lost.
Orange Blossom Honey
This honey from South Australia's Riverland region is a gorgeously fragrant honey. It has a delightfully citrusy flavour that would work wonderfully drizzled over pancakes or in cakes and biscuits. It would also work well in salad dressings.
This honey originates from the Tarkine Rainforest in Tasmania and is a strong-flavoured honey produced by bees feeding on the Leatherwood Eucalyptus tree. It has a complex, distinct, floral aroma and works well on toast and crumpets as well as in cakes and other baked goods.
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