November 21, 2012

Tupelo Honey


See that gray area? The one that stretches from the Ogeechee River at Savannah to the Apalachicola River delta in the Florida panhandle? That's the entire range of the white tupelo tree. Or Ogeechee tupelo. Nyssa ogeche.

A rather nondescript tree, it mostly sprouts along river banks. Bee keepers set up bee houses along the rivers from the Ogeechee through the Okefenokee Swamp to the Apalachicola. And those bees make honey exclusively from the white tupelo. It's a light amber in color, and very delicious. And as it is high in laevulose and low in dextrose even diabetics can consume it. It is quite the rare delicacy. You can buy it here, I believe. Otherwise I find it on the side of the road at vegetable stands in the area.

Also, Van the Man, with a nice assist from Pee Wee Ellis, 1980:

Because Savannah wouldn't be Savannah without the Irish. The bloodthirsty fiends. I am of Pict ancestry, alas. Which explains my affinity for the color blue, and my otherwise inexplicable need to chase wild animals through the woods naked. Other than that, I got no excuses.

Posted by Velociman at November 21, 2012 6:09 PM | TrackBack

Well of course wild animals would be naked. They don't have anyone to buy them clothes.

Posted by: Larry at November 21, 2012 8:16 PM

I put in some machines, must be nearly twenty five years back, some place in southern GA, I think it might have been Jesup. The waffle house had dark tea sweetened with tupelo honey. I wish I could get that again. I think they must have sweetened it hot because I could never duplicate the taste sweetening cold. And I'm sure they used some strongass commercial tea. It was good, and I can taste it even now.

Posted by: og at November 21, 2012 8:22 PM

Did you ever see the movie Ulee's Gold, V-Man? Peter Fonda as a Florida beekeeper who makes a precarious living selling tupelo honey.

Posted by: Robert Evans at November 21, 2012 11:38 PM

Yes. I like that film. Fonda's greatest role ever.

Posted by: Velociman at November 21, 2012 11:43 PM

Sounds like you might be a distant cousin to Randy Travis. He's kind of a naked woods guy himself.

Posted by: Erica at November 22, 2012 2:56 AM

I surely thought you were referencing your latest honey craving. Being the honey connoisseur that you are.

Posted by: Robin at November 23, 2012 1:22 AM

Tupelo Honey is, indeed, delicious, but my favorite honey is produced at a small farm up in NW Georgia and is from the Sourwood tree.

Those Georgians know what's good.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at November 24, 2012 4:41 PM

You know what everyone use to say about Savannah? The Jews owned it, The Irish runs it and the niggers enjoy it.

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