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Tupelo Honey is light amber in color, with a slight greenish cast. Served over pancakes or biscuits, in hot teas or coffee, the flavor is delicious and distinctive. Tupelo is considered a choice table grade honey!
Tupelo Honey, unmixed with other honeys, will not granulate. Due to its high levulose and low dextrose content, diabetic patients have been permitted by their physicians to eat Tupelo honey. Average analysis: Levulose 44.03%, dextrose 29.98%.
Tupelo Honey comes from the White Tupelo Tree (Hyassa Ogeche), found predominantly along the Chipola and Apalachicola rivers in the Florida Panhandle. Although scattered as far north as South Carolina, the Florida Panhandle is the only location Tupelo Honey is commercially produced. Production of prime table grade Tupelo Honey is somewhat more labor intensive than other varieties and for these reasons, Tupelo Honey is more expensive than other table grade honeys.
Produced from the palmetto blossom and other minor blooms of north Florida. Wild flower honey is dark with a hearty flavor and can be used as a baking and cooking honey as well as a table honey with a more robust taste. Try it in coffee and tea, on biscuits and bread, and in recipes as a sugar/sweetener substitute.
Wildflower Honey's predominant source the Saw Palmetto (Serenoa Serrulata), ranges from the Carolinas to Texas in open pine woodlands. It is a low growing palm found predominantly on drier soils. In southern portions of it's range, reaching small tree status, attaining heights of 20 feet. Further north in heavier soils the trunk is almost invariably underground.
With it's unique flavor, is ideal as a table honey. It is a central Florida classic; wonderful on biscuits, pancakes, waffles, and in hot teas. Honey Baked Ham is also on the list of favorite orange blossom honey recipes. Orange blossom honey has a bold fresh flavor that will shine through and we recommend using this honey in recipes which the end result is a significant honey taste.
The Orange Tree (Citrus Sinensis) is a native of Asia, introduced to central Florida by early Spanish settlers. Orange Trees thrive in the semi-tropical climates of this region. Because it is highly susceptible to frost, distribution of the Orange Tree is limited to Florida, a few small areas along the Gulf Coast, limited distribution in Texas and Arizona, and to California. Orange Blossom Honey is one of the more important honey crops in California and Texas. Although not always dependable, the Orange Blossom Honey flow can likewise be one of Florida's better Honey Producers.
Orange Blossom Honey
A favorite of the North Florida locals, has a warm golden flavor that is perfect for baking and cooking. Use Gallberry Honey in or on baked goods, oatmeal, coffee, and drizzled over cooked carrots. Gallberry Honey may be used as a replacement for sugar and corn syrup (try it in pecan pie) and give new life to to old recipes by adding this rich honey taste.
Gallberry (Ilex Glabra) is a small evergreen shrub that is common in the low pine barrens of the southeast. Although Gallberry is found as far north as Massachusetts and Nova Scotia it is typically recognized as a honey producing plant only in the south. Gallberry by virtue of it's distribution throughout much of Florida, and density within its range, is a leading Florida honey producer. Gallberry Honey typically sees such local demand however, that very little is exported to other markets.