Some of you might know that one of my little treats back home is to have a little bit of honey, whether in a yoghurt, on a toast or just a spoon. Before leaving, I think I had seven or eight varieties of honey in my cupboard.
Among other attributes, Kangaroo Island is also renowned for its pure honey. It is strictly forbidden to import any items linked, even form a distance, to the beekeeping industry. In case you wanted to take a trip here with you own personal bees, the fine can come up to $ 10,000.00.
The reason behind, is that KI is the last spot on the planet where the ‘Ligurian’ bees still inhabit. Before 1880, there were no bees on KI, when they were imported from the Italian province of Linguiria (hence the name), it was in order to have honey farms and optimize the breeding of the queens in beekeeping. Its remote location from the mainland led in 1885, to the formal recognition their sanctuary and since imports have ceased.
During my stay I had the opportunity to taste different honeys: 'cup gum’, ‘blue gum', 'sugar gum', ‘stringy bark' and other names alike, that were all unknown to me, and being all a wide range of eucalyptus. They are all to die for. Clifford Honey Farm is the most notorious on the island (their honey ice cream is fabulous). I had the occasion to recommend the place to several customers, all came back enchanted, a family even bought 7kgs honey.
I now face two issues:
1) Is it reasonable to load my luggage with honey while my bags allowance is limited taking into account that;
2) Tasmania (probably my next destination after Sydney) and Western Australia are also territories where the import of beekeeping products is prohibited.
My last option would be to mail the honey back home, but in the end, it would be awfully expensive per kg ... To put it in a nutshell, as always, you’ll have to take my word, too bad for your taste buds.