Tupelo honey is one of the most enchanting honey varieties in America, with an amazing flavor. It has a bright fruity-floral sweetness, and a soft, buttery finish.
Description & Origin
Tupelo honey comes from the green and white blossoms of the white tupelo gum tree (nyssa ogeche). These blossoms are notoriously fragile, and favorable weather is needed to produce a good crop. In the best years, the season is over in 3 weeks. In bad years, it may last just a few days. Our tupelo honey supply comes from the Apalachicola river basin. This part of the Florida panhandle has more white tupelo trees than anywhere else in the world.
The Color & Taste of Tupelo Honey
Raw, unfiltered tupelo honey is Light Amber in color and has a greenish blush when held up to the light. Tupelo honey has an amazing flavor profile. It starts with a bright, fruity-floral burst that dissolves easily on the tongue, and then has a buttery, warm finish. In a word, tupelo honey is AMAZING. As one customer said, "There may be honey better than tupelo somewhere on this earth, but we've never found it."
NOTE: Pure tupelo honey will not crystallize (also called 'sugaring'). But pure tupelo is impossible to get because the bees will visit other plants that are in bloom at the same time as the tupelo trees. The ratio of tupelo to non-tupelo nectar will vary from year to year, location to location, and even beehive to beehive. As a result, a small layer of sugar may appear at the bottom of your container. This is a natural change, and it can be reversed by placing the container in hot water (but not too hot) and shaking the honey bottle every few minutes.
To learn even more about the best honey in America, read our blog post on Why is Tupelo Honey So Amazing?