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29 January 2007

Bees and Honey

SIMON BRYANT: Oh, I love the Adelaide Hills. They rock. They're so accessible, there's so many different pockets and as Maggie and I are going to show you, there's some really top-quality produce. Today I'm on the tip of the Hills where the Southern Ranges meet the sea and I'm after some honey.

BEEKEEPER: The Adelaide Hills are a really good spot for beekeeping. We'll start off in the spring with the Salvation Jane and the Cape weed. Then we'll move on to blue gums and into January we've got red gum flowering. And then we've got pink gum, peppermint box and cup gum.

SIMON BRYANT: This cup gum doesn't flower every year?

BEEKEEPER: No, no, it's biannual, which means it flowers every second year. Apart from a really delicious honey, it's a good yielder. That's the nectar that comes out of the flower. The bees collect it, concentrate it and then that's cup gum honey.

SIMON BRYANT: He has got a really sweet tooth.

They don't like the idea of you nicking that?

BEEKEEPER: No, this is their hard-worked-for savings.

SIMON BRYANT: This is going to work perfectly, because I'm going to take it up to Maggie's to make a custard. I mean, I hate those real up-front sugars, but this has quite a lot of depth to the sweetness. It's beautiful.
Well done, bees.