Tupelo Honey comes from the green and white blossoms of the white tupelo gum tree (nyssa ogeche). The name "tupelo" is derived from the Creek Indian phrase "ito opilwa" which means "swamp tree." These trees like to have wet feet, and they thrive along rivers and in low lying areas that flood regularly after heavy rains.
Tupelo honey does not flow like sap from a maple tree. This honey is made by bees collecting the nectar of the tree blossoms, and taking it back to the hive where they work their honey making magic. Tupelo blossoms are notoriously fragile, and favorable weather is needed to produce a good crop. In the best years, the season is over in 3 short weeks. In bad years with too much wind and rain, the season may last just a few days.
Tupelo honey goes with just about anything and everything. But you want to make sure the food does not overpower the unique flavor of the honey. So hot biscuits, warm bread, or a steaming bowl of oatmeal are all good choices. Many of our customers will only use tupelo honey for their coffee and tea.