For a brief 6-8 weeks of the year, summer comes to this wild place and with it the annual blooming of the Leatherwood tree, Eucryphia Lucida. The tree bears an abundance of extremely delicate white flowers with a fresh piquant scent. The bees visit these flowers for six weeks from January to mid-March and collect the distinctive aromatic nectar from them. During this time, beekeepers camp in the remote wilderness while they remove the surplus honey from the beehives
In keeping with their philosophical commitment to bringing one of the natures most unique gifts to customers in its uncompromised state, they have adopted a special low-temperature preparation technique. In carefully managing the extraction of the honey from the combs and its cleaning they are able to preserve both the floral essences and the innate vitality of their honey resulting in an aromatic and naturally organic food.
Because low temperatures are used in the production it does not inhibit the honeys natural tendency to crystalise, so to make the final product easy to use they encourage the honey to set with an ultra-fine crystal structure. This imparts to its a buttery and spreadable texture at room temperature. Also easy enough to spoon in and mix in whatever beverage you wish, from a ‘hot toddy’ to a honey lemon tea.
Leatherwood is naturally organic by virtue of the fact of where it is produced. Consider for a moment the following images of this place: Ancient rainforests located on the global at latitude 42 degrees south is shared only by southernmost New Zealand and Tierra del Fuego. At this latitude, the circumpolar winds whip up a constant westerly wind known as the Roaring Forties. These winds bring with them heavy moisture laden air drawn off the Great Southern Ocean only to deposit much of it as rain on the western side of Tasmania at the same time watering the rainforest where the Leatherwood trees grow and produce its golden harvest.