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i'm a backyard beekeeper and i love our honey, which is mainly blackberry nectar. i've also been interested in trying other types of honeys. i've had hawaiian white, white sage (which is absolutely NOT my favorite), eucalyptus (which tastes pretty much like you would think it would - nice to have for throat syrup) and star thistle. right now we have a bottle of chamisa honey that i am loving - really dark and strong, almost like a molasses.

anyone have interesting honeys that they can recommend? i like the idea of having a wide variety. honeys are all about terroir - and, as a beekeeper, i'd like to support honey production and pair great honeys with great foods.

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  1. A friend sent me some Italian Corbezzolo honey. You might find that interesting if you can find it. She had to scour the markets of NYC on a mission and only chanced upon it in the end.

    It's from Sardinia. I don't know what these Sardinian bees are up to but the flavor is actually sour. Sour! And yet it also has the distinctive flavor of honey. Go figure!

    Here's more info: http://www.babbonyc.com/ingredient/co...

    And you may be able to get some from Zingerman's Deli in MI if you're willing to pay $35 a jar for honey. http://www.zingermans.com/Product.asp... Dear god! I hope my friend didn't spend that much because she just got me another jar when she was in NYC for Christmas. It's good tho and MOST unusual.

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    1. re: rainey

      ok now i'm on a mission!!!
      rainey that sounds amazing - i've gotta find it now. we had a dear friend from sardinia, who loved his island passionately. i've gotta find this stuff, if only for his memory. THANK YOU!

    2. An odd one, IMO, is Sourwood from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dark, and not nearly as sweet as clover or orange blossom. I have half left of a 45 oz. jar.

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      1. re: Veggo

        so... would you use it in any recipe? might it be good on biscuits or some other bland food? or balanced with a hard cheese? it sounds curious..

        1. re: rmarisco

          I'll let others weigh in. We did a honey thread some years ago, and many here really know their miel. (My lady friend in Mexico had a 5 gallon can of honey( miel) in her kitchen, she used it just about every day).

          1. re: rmarisco

            Sourwood honey from the North Georgia mountains is my favorite honey.
            Most commercial honeys burn in the back of my throat, but the sour wood honey my cousin buys by the gallon goes down so smooth.....

            1. re: rmarisco

              If you look at my post I say that it is wonderful for Baklava. But not only that. I love the spicy tang it provides. I order it on line. I've got to have it.

            2. re: Veggo

              Odd. Sourwood honey is typically light in color, and I've never noticed it tasting less sweet, although I don't think I've ever had orange blossom honey.

              1. re: carolinadawg

                My jar of Sourwood is almost as dark as molasses.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    Label reads:
                    Sourwood Honey
                    "raw and natural"
                    Produced in the Blue Ridge Mountains
                    Bob Binnie Jr.
                    P.O. Box 15
                    Lakemont GA. 30552
                    Ph. 706-782-6722
                    Net Wt 45 oz.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      Any sign of buckwheat nearby?
                      (I don't know if that's the right climate...)

                      1. re: Chowrin

                        I'm in Bradenton FL, home of Tropicana and 23,000 acres of citrus trees in Manatee County, so all the local honey is orange blossom.

                        1. re: Veggo

                          Orange blossom is my favorite. You get the aroma of orange blossoms in bloom. Iconic Florida experience

              2. re: Veggo

                I did not see your reply, I'm a Sourwood Honey lover. I posted about it too.

              3. A friend once gave me honey from Germany - might have been Black Forest. It had a bitter, medicinal taste which caused me to throw it out. I guess I like the local flower honey I get at the farmers' market best. It's similar to clover honey. I also like orange blossom honey. They are very sweet, so only a little is needed.

                1. Cool hobby you have, by the way. Where I am in Florida, the orange growers really have to pay up to rent beehives during pollinating season, because of the bee kill-off.

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                  1. re: Veggo

                    ...PLEASE don't get me started...

                    we did this to help the bees, not for the honey production. we really don't harvest much: it's theirs first.

                    1. re: rmarisco

                      Perfect. I never questioned your good intentions! We need more like you!

                      1. re: rmarisco

                        Thank you for helping the bees. If I weren't too afraid of being stung and lazy, I'd try my hand at it too. I don't use pesticides even though the stinkbugs ruin more in the garden than I harvest.

                        I don't have any food pairing recommendations for you. I do love our local wildflower honey. Oh, have you tried making honey caramels?

                      2. re: Veggo

                        We were the first area (or one of them) to have Africanized bees move in. Knock on wood, I've never been bothered, but when they're mad at you, you're in deep shit. On one hand, they're a bit of an antidote for the colony collapse disorder, on the other hand, they can be aggressive and dangerous. I guess my whole point was this- at least we still have bees.

                        1. re: EWSflash

                          Scary. As allergic as I am to bee stings, Africanized bees could end my life in a short time.

                        1. re: bevwinchester

                          can you describe the taste of tupelo at all? i have seen it in stores but have been hesitant to try. Does it really taste that different from other honeys?

                          1. re: rmarisco

                            http://www.savannahbee.com/product/Tu...

                            That's a very good question. When I buy honey from out of state (NJ) I buy from this company. What I enjoy about their honey is the purity and the reason I adore their Tupelo honey is because beyond a wonderful sweetness it has this very romantic pour. I can't describe it any better than that. It's a seductive honey.

                            1. re: HillJ

                              Love this company. And you've got a way with words, HillJ! That's such a great way to describe this honey. :)

                              1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                Sra. S, and the long neck bottle SB places the honey in is the ideal container for this one too!

                                1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                  I also really like Savannah Bee Company. If you happen to be in Savannah, stop in the shop and do a honey tasting. It's a lovely experience.

                              2. re: rmarisco

                                Yes, rmarisco, it is a very unusual honey. If I were to describe it, I would say that Tupelo honey is to clover honey, as Bock beer is to regular lager beer.

                              3. re: bevwinchester

                                Tupelo is also one that doesn't crystalize. It is very good.