This is a great article by Food Safety News about why raw honey is so much better for you than "regular" honey.
Click on the following link to read the article: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/#.VqIW3vkrLIV
An interesting and informative video about using bees for better health.
Kristin Hartke, a reporter for the Washington Post, explains "Why honey may be the best expression of local flavor you can find, anywhere."
Click here to read the article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/why-honey-may-be-the-best-expression-of-local-flavor-you-can-find-anywhere/2015/11/09/f0a2366c-826a-11e5-9afb-0c971f713d0c_story.html
What do you get when you combine a non-native tree with a non-native insect? You get tupelo honey – one of the most delicious honey varieties you will ever taste. Honey bees came to this continent on ships carrying European settlers. The first recorded beehives were offloaded in Virginia around 1622. How tupelo trees got to America, however, we really don’t know. The white tupelo gum tree (Nyssa Ogeche) is native to Asia. One story recounts that a missionary had tasted tupelo honey while in China, and had carried a sack full of tupelo tree seeds back to America. While travelling on a steamship on the Apalachicola River, a thief stole her purse. Not wanting the seeds, he threw them overboard in disgust and the rest is history.
The white tupelo tree likes to grow in standing water, which is certainly plentiful in the Florida Panhandle. In particular, the Apalachicola and Chipola river basins, which run from North to South in Gulf County, are home to some of the highest concentrations of tupelo trees in the world. Each year around mid-April, the tupelo tree forms thousands of green buds that resemble small peas. After a few days, these buds swell into the shape of a tiny, green cauliflower. Finally, near the end of April, the buds will explode with dozens of thin spikes (pistols) which secrete the precious tupelo nectar. In good years, the blossoms will last up to three weeks. During this brief window of time, local beekeepers set out thousands of hives as close as possible to the tupelo trees. Millions of bees then collect and carry the tupelo nectar back to their hives where they product that golden elixir that has been aptly described as “food from the gods.”
According to a recent article in the Washington Post, the answer is Yes.
The Post reports that the dramatic demise in bee colonies has been overstated and exaggerated. (When has the news media done that before?) Beekeepers are working just as hard as their bees to keep the crops pollinated and the honey flowing. So if you see a beekeeper today, be sure to say "thanks."
Tiffany Jackson, a reported from WMBB-TV in Panama City, stopped by Smiley Honey to ask about the lack of tupelo honey in 2015. I told her the sad story of how the 2015 tupelo season was washed out due to heavy rains. The news clip is here: http://www.mypanhandle.com/news/tupelo-honey-supply-diminished-due-to-weather
A big thanks to our friends at the Gulf County Vistor's Center for giving a nice shout out to Smiley Honey. We were recently featured in the Adventure Guide section of VisitGulf.com: http://www.visitgulf.com/adventure-guides#don-t-be-a-hater-love-your-bees