A Favorite American honey
Authentic raw sourwood honey is a delicate, smooth, and delicious honey.
The unique mono-floral raw sourwood honey has distinctive flavors of anise, spice, cloves, and maple and caramel taste. With a smooth and syrupy texture, Sourwood Honey has a beautiful amber color which lends to a buttery sensation and an aroma of cinnamon and cloves. For these reasons, the aftertaste has a slight gingerbread twang.
A Favorite Judges Honey
This sourwood honey won five world honey championships and the Good Food award five times. There are a few underlying reasons for this covered next.
Raw Sourwood Honey Origins
This rare sourwood honey originates from the Lily of the Valley (Sourwood) trees located in the North Georgia Appalachian mountains. Extracted from pristine hives. Sourwood Honey is famous for its rich and compelling flavor and aroma.
Built by Bees sources our raw sourwood honey from private Appalachian apiaries including a four-time honey world champion in North Georgia. We use this same honey in our Specialty Food Association’s sofi Gold award-winning Sourwood Balsamic Honey Vinegar.
Sourwood honey is native to the USA and comes from the nectar of the Sourwood Tree. Sourwood honey resists crystallization and has a light amber appearance. Prized by honey aficionados, this coveted raw honey variety is fantastic on countless foods. These include fried chicken, bread, and in yogurt. This honey is exceptional drizzled on fruits, oatmeal, granola, and cheeses. It’s also great when stirred in hot tea.
In North Georgia, this amazing honey has a short blooming period. It typically lasts from mid-July through early August. Sourwood blooms are rain sensitive. Unfortunately, it grows primarily in the Appalachians. This regions largely elevated and mountainous – making it subject to more summer rain. Too much rain negatively impacted sourwood blossoms. This causes large crops to be infrequent and often rare.
Sourwood honey quality is poor when bees from the same hive pollinate both sourwood trees and non-sourwood trees. This is called cross-pollination and creates a diluted sourwood honey. When various blossoms are pollinated and mixed into the same bee hive, the honey is sourwood in name only. There are many pure sourwood sources so always ask your beekeeper or honey provider about the sourwood honey’s source.
Raw Sourwood Honey Facts
As a true mono-floral honey, sourwood honey is highly resistant to crystallizing. Because sourwood honey has a lower glucose content compared to most honeys, it is more resistant to crystallizing. To learn more about raw honey in general, please visit our blog page at: https://builtbybees.com/blog/raw-honey-2/.