My nephew was visiting this past weekend, and I needed a quick and easy snack to keep him happy until dinner. I thought of this combination on the fly, and it was amazingly good: cut a fresh, crusty french baguette into small slices, spread some plain goat cheese on each piece, and then add a drizzle of tupelo honey. The combination of flavors is simply delicious. I made a plate of a dozen pieces, and they were gone in a couple minutes. (Hint: remove the goat cheese from the fridge and let soften for a few minutes before spreading.)
FoxNews.com recently ran a story about foods that never spoil. Making the list of the top 5 . . . you guessed it -- honey! Here is what they said: "When honey is pure and kept tightly sealed, it can last forever. Honey may change color or crystallize over time, but you can still use it, according to the National Honey Board." But here at Smiley Apiaries, we wonder how many of our customers actually have any honey over 6 months old. It is hard to resist the siren song of tupelo honey calling to you from your kitchen cupboard . . . You can read about honey and other foods with a long shelf life here: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/01/24/foods-that-wont-spoil/?intcmp=features
Customers often ask me how we get the bees to collect a particular nectar source to make mono-floral honey (i.e., tupelo, orange blossom, etc.). I sometimes joke that we tried tiny radio collars, but they kept falling off. The truth is that beekeepers place the hives as close as possible to the target source, and the bees quickly figure it out. Now comes a story that scientists in Australia have fitted 5,000 honey bees with tiny RFID transmitters. These RFID devices will be used to track bee movements in their environment. The collected data will be analyzed to better understand bee-havior, and also to find answers to the problems causing global bee populations to decline. For more information, check out this story in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2540577/The-5-000-honeybees-fitted-backpacks-helping-scientists-understand-colonies-dying-out.html...
Food and Wine selected our tupelo honey as one of the "Best Artisanal American Honeys" sometime back in 2012. Somehow, I missed the article when it was first published. When a customer recently said he found us in a Food and Wine article, I was curious so I went to Google and found this article. Thanks much Food & Wine! http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/best-artisanal-american-honeys