Flower, Stringybark. Region, Southern Tablelands
Twig & Petal honey by Good Habitat is arriving soon.
The good, crusty bread you find in Roman cafés; a bottle of fragrant, unrefined olive oil; a ripe, slightly gnarled-looking heirloom tomato picked from the vine. These things all have the same desirable qualities found in pure, regional honey.
Complexity of flavour, colour, and texture comes from diversity and the relationship of produce to habitat: the flower the bee visits on a particular hillside, variations in season, soil, air and weather, and the care of the beekeeper. All these things combine to make the honey from every harvest different.
Variations in flower and region are imperceptible in many of the dominant honey brands. They reflect the mass market standardisation of size, shape and colour (over taste) applied to fruits and vegetables by retail giants.
Because we are small and hands-on, we have the freedom to run Twig & Petal with a different attitude. We think that variability can also be a virtue to be wholly embraced. Some flowers bloom every 2 years, others may take 10, and it’s this direct connection to habitat that brings us closer to the traditions of raw honey.
Good Habitat works with local beekeepers to procure good alternatives to the standardised honey generally available in Australia.
Please stay posted.
Picture: The Artist’s House and Garden, John Glover, 1767–1849, Art Gallery of South Australia, public domain image