Tupelo Honey, Smiley Apiaries - 8 oz
Smiley Honey's signature varietal, Tupelo, is sourced primarily from the swampy wetlands of the Florida panhandle. The white Ogeechee tupelo gum tree, nyssa ogeche, has a blossoming period of mere days or weeks, and successful harvests depend largely on weather. It is a much sought-after varietal, for its greenish translucence and incredibly floral flavor. This light-colored honey is also known for its buttery notes and hoppy aroma. Because the migration of bees can be challenging to control, commercial Tupelo can contain as little as 50% Tupelo honey; thanks to the good stewardship of Smiley Apiaries, in a good year, their Tupelo honey will be around 95%. Due to the ratio of sugar molecules present, Tupelo honey does not crystallize--any crystallization comes from the traces of other blossom nectar.
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Don Smiley came to beekeeping later in life after several other careers including oysterman in the Apalachicola Bay.
He started out with eight colonies of bees and after years of dedicated learning, he gained the experience needed to begin a commercial beekeeping business. By 1996, the initial eight colonies had grown to several hundred.
Today, Don produces the best Tupelo honey we've found. He aims for the purest Tupelo he can produce with careful hive management to capture the purest Tupelo he can.
Commercial Tupelo can contain as little as 50% Tupelo honey and in a good year, Don's will be around 95%.
His Tupelo honey production is from the white tupelo trees that grow in the Apalachicola river basin in North West Florida. Don's honey 100% raw, unheated and un-filtered.