Floral Source: Tupelo honey comes from the green-white blossom of the white tupelo gum tree (Nyssa Ogeche). These blossoms are notoriously fragile, and the weather must be just right to produce an abundant honey crop. In good years, tupelo trees will bloom for only a few weeks. In bad years, the nectar flow is over in a few days. Years of experience and good beekeeping skills are required to produce great tupelo honey.
Origin: This raw unfiltered honey comes from the white tupelo trees that thrive in the many rivers, lakes and wetlands of Gulf County, Florida. Smiley Honey is located in the small town of Wewahitchka, which is the center of tupelo honey production in the USA. "Wewahitchka" is a Seminole name that means "water eyes" -- a reference to the many lakes in the area. The Apalachicola and Chipola river basins, which run from North to South in Gulf County, contain some of the highest concentrations of tupelo trees in the world.
Color and Taste: The color of raw tupelo honey ranges from Extra White to White, and has a cloudy, greenish hue when held up to the light. Tupelo honey has an amazing flavor profile. It has a bright and unique floral burst that dissolves easily on the tongue, and has a very pleasing finish. It has a dewy freshness that contrasts starkly with over-processed, common honey varieties. One customer told us: "I tasted this honey from someone who thinks this is food from the gods . . . and wow he was right!"