Full Moon Honey
Honey is as uniques as the flowers visited by the honeybee. Depending on time of year, location, floral source and weather, each honey is distinctive in taste, sweetness and texture. The complexity of honey is not unlike that of a good wine. While the varietal honeys are fairly consistant year to year, the multifloral or wildflower honeys offer much diversity to the palate. Typically honey produced early in the season tends to be lighter in color and more floral tasting and honey produced later in the year tends to be darker and full bodied.
North Florida is blessed with a number of exceptional honey sources such as:
Tupelo Nyssa Ogeche is perhaps one of the most famous and sought honeys in the world. The white tupelo only grows in true abundance along the rivers and swamps of northwest Florida. Tupelo honey has a such a high ratio of fructose to glucose it is very slow to granulate.
Gallberry Ilex Glabra / Ilex Coriacea is a small evergreen understory shrub found throughout Florida. It is in the holly family and blooms mid to late spring. Gallberry is a preferred source for making comb honey.
Saw Palmetto Serenoa Repens is a low growing palm common throughout Florida. The saw palmetto blooms in May and June. Palmetto honey is of good flavor and in high demand.
Cotton Glossypium Hirsutum is an outstanding honey plant in the southern states. Nectar is secreted by the flower on the first day of blooming then by extrafloral nectaries following bloom. The honey is light and good tasting but tends to crystalize quickly.