Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tupelo Trees

From Wikipedia.

There are around twelve different types of tupelo trees, many in North America, but also in Asia.  They are also known by the names black gum and pepperidge.  All are highly tolerant of wet soils and floods.  Indeed, two of the non-scientific names are water tupelo and swamp tupelo.

The one we're concerned with in Florida along the state's "Forgotten Coast" is the Nyssa ogeche which produces a very light, mild-tasting honey, considered by many as the best honey (and most expensive).  In this region of Florida, beekeepers keep beehives along river swamps on platforms or floats during tupelo bloom time in order to produce certified honey which commands high prices because of the flavor.

Gettin' An Urge for Some Honey, and Not Just ANY Honey.  --RoadDog

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