New Zealand Honey Profiles

Monofloral Honey Varieties Key Characteristics
Appearance Pollen Organoleptic
Variety Colour PFUND Frequency Count Range Aroma Flavour Notes
Clover Light pale gold 0-60mm 45% 100,000 stdev 90,000 Herbal dry grass. Clean mild, sweet, delicate  
Medium dark amber 87.2 mm
std 10.5
    Musky Complex, treacly Average 12.6 mS/cm Std 2.5
Micro-sooty moulds
Kamahi Light to pale yellow 42 average
std 11.5
45% 185 000 Ave
66 834 Stdev
Intense, musky, quite complex. Dominate aroma Very clean rich and sweet distinctive aftertaste, Buttery texture Dominant aroma
Dark cream to dark brown 84 mm 11.8mm std 70% 517,000 ave
280,000 stdev
Damp earth, heather, aromatic Mineral, slightly bitter, Thixotropic in liquid state
Nodding Thistle Colourless to pale lemon     Low pollen count Perfumed floral blossom, intense. Intense floral flavour, Dominance of fructose, Slow natural granulation.
Pohutukawa Off-white Pure 0-5
Blends 5-30
10-15%   Musky, damp leaves, salty (almost seaweed, but pleasant) Clean earthy sweet butterscotch Very rapid granulation, days in comb, hours in tank
Rata Colourless to Pale cream 16.4mm
45% 123,000
35,937 stdev
Heady aromatic Sweet, distinctive, mildly salty  
Rewarewa Amber to red 92.9mm std 9.2mm Bird pollinated plant 112,800 ave
101,867 stdev
Light aroma mild mixed fruit Clean sweet smoky malty  
Tawari Light 23mm
std 8.8
  Low pollen count Rich perfumed musk/incense/sandalwood orange peel/liquorice Clean musty rosehip syrup, very sweet golden syrup High in moisture
Doesn't fully Granulate
Thyme Amber 105 mm More than 20% 3000-8000 per 10g Total thyme pollen grains Pervasive very aromatic, Resinous aromatic herbal, very strong Very unique, dominant aroma
Vipers Bugloss / Blue Borage Light Pinkish Brown 21.7mm st 9 45% 72,155 ave
38,699 st dev
Initial floral, bouquet when fresh Clean tasting mildly herbal Oily texture


Acting on, or involving the use of, the sense organs
Pfund scale
PFUND Scale - Honey Colours A scale used in the honey industry to describe the color of honey. Measurements were originally made with the Pfund color grader, which consists of a wedge of amber-colored glass next to a wedge-shaped cell which is filled with honey. The instrument is read visually; the reading is the distance the wedge must be moved to make a match, and is expressed in millimeters.
Viscosity (resistance of a fluid to a change in shape or movement) decreases with stress/stirring over time

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