The commercial production of Thyme honey is relatively new and a very fine version is produced here from Garden or Common Thyme (T. vulgaris).
The thyme honey was brought to New Zealand by gold miners during the gold rush in the late 1800’s. The miners introduced the honey for health benefits because of the work conditions.
It soon escaped from herb gardens and entrenched itself in the countryside of Central Otago, around Queenstown, where it became a forage plant of choice for the bees and the source of our delicious Tāima honey.
November is when the wild thyme blooms in beautiful Queenstown.… and of course the fine Thyme honey.
Thyme is a popular cooking herb with well known antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. The oil of Thyme was used by ancient Egyptians to prepare mummies and it is still used in commercial mouthwashes (Listerine) and cough medicines.
Honey Origins: Greece, Italy, Turkey, New Zealand, France, Spain