Floral Source: In mid-summer, the North American sourwood tree produces showy clusters of small, pure white flowers. The flowers bear a strong resemblance to the Lily of the Valley flower, and hence the common nickname: the lily tree. Honeybees love sourwood nectar, and will work hard to bring it back to the hive.
Origin: In the southern Appalachian Mountains located in the Carolinas and Georgia, beekeepers keep the exact locations of their favorite sourwood spots as a closely guarded secret. It is a fickle blossom and good weather is required to produce a reasonable honey crop. It is not unusual for beekeepers to make a great crop one year, and nothing the next.
Color and Taste: Sourwood honey is somewhat rare, and can be hard to find outside of the Southeastern United States. It is generally light amber in color. The taste is rich and full, with subtle notes of caramel and anise. In 2005 and again in 2007, this exceptional honey was selected as the "Best Honey in the World" at Apimondia -- a bi-annual world conference for beekeepers and the honey industry.