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Tue May 28, 2019, 04:47 PM

On the Trail of Tupelo Honey, Liquid Gold From the Swamps.

By Kim Severson
May 28, 2019

ODUM, Ga. The most expensive honey in America starts in these mucky Southern swamps, where white Ogeechee tupelo trees twist up out of water so dark you cant tell if that was an alligator or a snake that just broke the surface.

For two precious weeks each spring in this slice of southeastern Georgia and in the Florida Panhandle, tupelo trees bloom with pale, fragile flowers that look like pompoms for tiny cheerleaders. Beekeepers tuck their hives along the banks, or occasionally float them out into the water on rafts. Then the bees get to work, making honey that looks and tastes like no other.

Good tupelo will glow with a light green tint, especially when its fresh from the comb and bathed in sunlight. The first taste is of cinnamon with a tingle of anise. That gives way to a whisper of jasmine and something citrusy tangerine rind, maybe? The honey is so soft, light and buttery that the only logical move is to chase it with another spoonful.

I love it, but its not something I can afford to use regularly, said Kelly Fields, whom the James Beard Foundation recently named the years Outstanding Pastry Chef for work at her New Orleans restaurant, Willa Jean. The real stuff is so sacred down here that if I ever got my hands on some, Id probably keep it at home.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/28/dining/tupelo-honey.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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Cattledog May 2019 OP
Chin music May 2019 #1
JDC May 2019 #2
WheelWalker May 2019 #3
customerserviceguy May 2019 #7
KatyaR May 2019 #4
NightWatcher May 2019 #6
arthurgoodwin May 2019 #5
Haggis for Breakfast May 2019 #8

Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 05:28 PM

1. Floating bee hives.

In-teresting.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 05:41 PM

2. This post screams for Van Morrison




In actuality, I find this story to be my favorite of the day. TY

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Response to JDC (Reply #2)

Tue May 28, 2019, 06:04 PM

3. Couldn't agree with you more, comrade.

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Response to JDC (Reply #2)

Tue May 28, 2019, 09:27 PM

7. You beat me to it. n/t

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 06:45 PM

4. I order my honey from Savannah Bee in Savannah, GA.

My favorite is the Orange Blossom Honey, but they carry Tupelo Honey. A 20-oz bottle of their Gold Reserve Tupelo Honey is $99!

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Response to KatyaR (Reply #4)

Tue May 28, 2019, 07:39 PM

6. I used to work in a kayak shack at Tybee with the guy who started Sav Bee Co. (almost 20 yrs ago)

It's the best I've ever had, even if I'm a little biased.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 07:11 PM

5. Ulee's Gold

One of my favorite movies, Ulee's Gold (1997), revolves around a family of beekeepers (headed by Peter Fonda, in what I think of as his best film role) in Wewahitchka, Florida and their tupelo honey. It has some very realistic scenes of beekeeping (supposedly a family of real beekeepers were consultants to the film and many of the scenes were filmed around their hives).

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 09:49 PM

8. It is the only honey that never crystallizes.

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