Leatherwood honey is produced in the great forests of our island’s wild and rugged west coast. Human settlements are few and far between, and the region is rich in flora and fauna, containing many rare and protected species. Some people believe that Tasmania’s west coast is the last remaining home of the Tasmanian tiger or thylacine, reputed to have been extinct since 1936. Much of the region has been proclaimed as a World Heritage Area.
Flowering from approximately January until April, the leatherwood tree (Eucryphia lucida) is endemic to Tasmania and originated nearly 65 million years ago.The best stands of leatherwood are often hidden deep within the forest and can be difficult to access, but the delicious rewards are well worth the trouble.