Every year, we try to bring a different, and often new, honey to the table for yom tov. This year, we had raw tupelo honey. What can we say? Wowzers!

(From Wikipedia) Tupelos are valued as honey plants in the southeastern United States, particularly in the Gulf Coast region. They produce a very light, mild-tasting honey. In northern Florida, beekeepers keep beehives along the river swamps on platforms or floats during tupelo bloom to produce certified tupelo honey, which commands a high price on the market because of its flavor. Monofloral honey made from the nectar of N. ogeche has such a high ratio of fructose to glucose that it does not crystallize.

The Apalachicola River in the Florida Panhandle is the center for tupelo honey. The honey is produced wherever tupelo trees (three species) bloom in southeastern USA, but the purest and most expensive version (which is certified by pollen analysis) is produced in this valley. In a good harvest year, the tupelo honey crop produced by a group of specialized Florida beekeepers has a value approaching US$1,000,000.

From the Savannah Bee Company:
Tupelo honey is harvested for just a few days each Spring along two remote Southern river basins. It is one of the most valuable honeys in the world. It tastes buttery and melts on your tongue. Tupelo will never crystalize.
This is a most amazing honey. Our guests were all wowed, too! It is a light tasting honey without that cloying taste that the honey in the plastic bear has. It was a perfect addition to our yom tov table. Our guests used it on apples, bread, raw veggies, on meat, on fish- just about on everything!

Our bottle came from the Savannah Bee Company (savannahbee.com) and is certified KSA kosher.

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 12:04 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink
In: General Topics, Holidays, Kosher New Products, Uncategorized

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