Saturday, June 5, 2010

Kamahi Honey - Mountain Valley

Kamahi Honey comes from bees foraging in the Marlborough Sounds and the Mt Richmond forest park. The brand is "Mountain Valley".

The honey is unpasteurized - which means it is still full of flavour and goodness - but it tends to crystallize.

I bought the Kamahi Honey as I was intrigued by Kamahi - as I had not heard of it before.

This is from a Government Website:

This is the most abundant forest tree in New Zealand. It occurs in lowland, montane, and subalpine forests and shrubland from about the centre of the North Island southwards to Stewart Island. It is mostly a medium-sized forest tree, reaching its greatest height of 80 or more feet in the Catlins forests of the south-east corner of the South Island. Trunks are irregular and there are usually more than one to a tree. It frequently commences as an epiphyte on tree ferns. Leaves are opposite, 2–4 in. long, about elliptic and are coarsely and bluntly toothed. Those of juvenile plants are three-lobed or three-foliate. The small creamy flowers are borne in short racemes. The fruit is a capsule about one-fifth of an inch long.

So apparently I should have known what Kamahi is!

The honey itself - is light - pleasant and floral in flavour. Very nice.

 The website is - though not much is there as of yet!

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