The Yellow Box Eucalyptus has creamy pale yellow blossoms and a yellow inner bark. The Latin name, Eucalyptus Melliodora is apt; Melliodora is translated as “odor of honey” referring to the sweet honey aroma of the blossoms. The Yellow Box is a common species in the grassy woodlands of the tablelands and western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, extending from northern Victoria, through New South Wales into southeastern Queensland. This species is usually 15–30 m tall and mainly grows on gentle slopes, foothills or on flats near watercourses. It blossoms from October through January.
Yellow box is one of the most popular honey varietals in Australia. It has a beautiful light amber color, aromatic, with a mild distinctive flavor that is smooth and buttery on the tongue. Fairly sweet, it is dense and slow to crystallize.
Yellow Box honey has a low Glycemic Index (GI) of 31-39 and Insulin Index (II) of 35-45 due to its high fructose content making it an excellent sweetener for diabetics, for prevention of type 2 diabetes, and an efficient energy source for athletes, The high fructose content prevents it from crystallizing.
Latin Name: Eucalyptus Melliodora
Honey origin: A native of Australia, Yellow Box Eucalyptus is found on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, extending from northern Victoria, through New South Wales into southeastern Queensland.