A Guide to Australian Honey

Honey Bees
Christina Soong-Kroeger

Nowadays, many of the most popular supermarket brands of honey in Australia offer mixed blends that combine many different types 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 flavors of different honey 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.

Here we are focusing on the five different honey produced by Buzz Honey, a South Australian honey producer.

Blue Gum Honey

This medium flavored honey is produced by bees feeding on the Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus). This honey has a magnificent, earthy yet slightly minty flavor 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.

Here's a recipe to try: Elderflower and Honey Ice Cream

Bush Mallee

This honey from the Murray region of South Australia is a rich, strongly flavored honey. More assertive in flavor than the Blue Gum, this honey would be perfect in strong tea as its flavor is assertive enough to still make its presence known. It would also go well drizzled over muesli with lots of different flavors and used in marinades with soy sauce and sesame oil.

Meadow Honey

This lovely honey from South Australia's Limestone Coast is a very delicately flavored honey. It would be perfect on fresh bread or toast with butter or drizzled over yogurt and fruit. It would work less well in cooking or hot beverages as some of the subtle flavor 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 flavor that would work wonderfully drizzled over pancakes or in cakes and biscuits. It would also work well in salad dressings.

Leatherwood Honey

This honey originates from the Tarkine Rainforest in Tasmania and is a strong-flavored 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.

Recipe to try: Honey Walnut Cake