We stock a range of Tasmania jams, preserves and relish. Much of which we make ourselves and the rest from locals. All, is homemade using the wonderful Derwent Valley Produce.
The Hawthorn Lodge Raspberry Jam we use in the Lazy Tea rooms flies off the shelf. We are planting many more raspberry plants to keep up with the demand.
Tasmania jams are some of the best world as they use fruit produced with the world’s cleanest air and cleanest water. We also do not have many pests and so we do not spray our fruit that goes into making Tasmania jams.
The highly fertile soils and use of natural manures means no need to add chemical fertilisers.
Then make by hand using traditional methods and not adding setting agents and you have some of the best Tasmania Jams on sale with us at Hawthorn Lodge.
We source our Leatherwood Honey from the pollutant free World Heritage Area behind Hawthorn Lodge.
Leatherwood honey is unique to Tasmania and produced from the Eucryphia Lucida. The tree grows between 2 and 10 metres high and has small dark green glossy leaves. White flowers appear in the Spring and have four petals with a strong fragrance. Finding locations for hives is a challenge and they are often very remote. Harvesting takes places during January to March.
Leatherwood Honey does have a stronger taste than most honey and is a mono-floral honey meaning it is not blended with more floral honey. Your senses are instantly awakened by the piquant perfumes of the Leatherwood blossoms. The aroma is robust, yet lovely and pleasing to the palate.
Traditionally, this Tasmanian honey has also been used as a cure for hang over. Naturally rich in vitamin B and minerals aids in recovering from the excessive alcohol quickly. The depth of its flavour makes it a fabulous spread for bread, toasts and waffles and perfect match with cheeses, cordials and teas. Recent research is indicating that Leatherwood Honey has very similar benefits to Manuka Honey and very high in antioxidants.
If you are an avid Earl Grey tea drinker, chances are that you would also take to Leatherwood honey. Just as Earl grey tea stands out in the world of tea varieties, this exceptional honey too sparkles in comparison with other floral honeys. Both are varietals with a character.
The International Slow Food Movement describes it in the following way:
“Leatherwood honey is slightly liquid with uniform crystallisation, a smooth creamy texture and an ochre-yellow colour. The perfume is intense with notes of balsamic scents, which develops quickly into clean fresh notes of citrus fruits and white flowers. The flavour is clean and fresh, very balsamic, with lightly spicy notes in its long finish. Overall, the sensation of eating this honey is very pleasurable: it is creamy, buttery, low in acidity and melts in the mouth.
Once you try it you can be hooked. If you want a taste, please ask us.