Appalachian Beekeeping Collective - Appalachian Sourwood Honey
Appalachian sourwood honey is one of the most prized honeys in the world. with a remarkably delicate flavor profile, characterized by anise and spice. Sourwood honey’s flavor is so remarkable, it regularly wins the Apimonda world champion honey contests and is highly coveted by food connoisseurs throughout the world. How does it taste? Chef Paul Smith says: “Appalachian Beekeeping Collective sour wood honey may be the best honey I have ever tasted. When I tasted the first spoon It brought me back to the first time I gently pulled the stem and touched my tongue to the nectar bead of the honey suckle flower on my grandfathers honey suckle vine.
The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective is a nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and provides bees and equipment free of charge to partner beekeepers in economically distressed counties. They help their partners produce honey (and income) in the greenest possible way. Since 2016, they have helped hundreds of beekeepers get started in beekeeping for profit. ABC honey is produced through natural beekeeping methods. Their expert staff helps their partners follow a strict protocol rooted in science to ensure their bees are healthy, happy, and chemical free. Partners never use antibiotics or synthetic pesticides in their colonies, and their apiaries are located on land not treated with synthetic pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides in areas with plenty of natural forage, clean water, and low density of other honey bees. The native Appalachian forests host an abundance of nectar-rich species such as tulip poplar, black locust, sourwood, and wildflowers.