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The producers: Colony honey

A selection of regional monofloral honeys sourced direct from small producers.

What Colony is an assortment of six, cold-extracted, unfiltered honeys made from nectar collected from predominantly single-flower sources.

Who The range is the handiwork of Brisbane-based providore, Michael Dalton of Fino Food and Wine. "We knew that there was great honey out there, but they were all really poorly packaged or having trouble getting to market,'' he says. Colony producers include Stradbroke Islander Charlie Bowman, whose 150 hives produce the intensely sweet Coastal Heath honey, and Maurie Damon, who has 450 hives dotted around Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands supplying both the eucalypt-redolent Forest honey and the dainty lychee blossom honey.

Why Through Colony, Dalton connects chefs with small producers who use traditional methods and have often very small yields. The choice of honeys also highlights their diversity, from treacle-like macadamia honey to the tropical notes of lychee.

Where Fino Food and Wine sell 1kg tubs wholesale and supply the likes of Queensland delis Bread & Butter in Bulimba and Get Fresh in Cotton Tree, where customers can buy on a tap-and-fill basis. 

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