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Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« on: February 20, 2012, 09:11:42 am »
Have you tried tupelo honey and found it to be any better or worse than other kinds of honey? I'd like to give some as a gift, but haven't tried it yet myself.

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Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 09:25:45 am »
Never heard of it. POWDERMAN.  ??? ???

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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 10:18:46 am »
It is for diabetics. 

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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 11:15:26 am »
 I like wild flower and citrus better
but it is a very different honey and you pay for it
due to the limited area its found
Here is some info
I'm a beekeeper I suggest if you don't want tup
buy from a Local Beek
 
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 Tupelo Honey Facts 
  Where Tupelo Honey Comes FromAlthough several different Tupelo Trees yield large quantities of honey in the southeastern United States, the Apalachicola River basin is well-known for its distinctive flavored Tupelo Honey.  It is also produced along the Chipola River, a tributary to the Apalachicola.  The Ochlocknee and Choctahatchee Rivers also produce some tupelo.  These areas are the only places in the world where certified Tupelo Honey is produced.  This is because of the abundant growth of the white tupelo, Nyssa Ogeche, that produces good-quality Tupelo Honey.

The white Tupelo Tree, as it is most commonly known, usually stands 50 to 75 feet tall and is 2 to 3 feet in diameter.  White Tupelo blooms from early April to early May, depending on the  weather conditions.  Black Tupelo, Nyssa Biflora, blooms in advance of white tupelo and is used to build up bee colony strength and stores. Black tupelo produces a less desirable honey which will granulate; it is sold as bakery-grade honey.

 Characteristics of Tupelo HoneyFlavor - mild, pleasant, very popular.
Density - good body, 16.0% - 18.0% moisture.
Freedom from crystals - White Tupelo Honey does not granulate.
Color - light with a greenish cast.
Average Carbohydrate composition - Dextrose 25.95%, Fructose (Levulose) 43.27%, Sucrose 1.21%, Maltose 7.97%, Higher sugars 1.1%.   High in Levulose, low in Dextrose.
Freedom from impurities.
Vitamins - thiamine, riboflavin, ascorbic acid, and nicotinic acid, all of which play vital roles in human nutrition.
Minerals - iron, copper, sodium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium, and phosphorous.  These elements are all essential to good nutrition
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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 11:17:52 am »
Not for diabetics, it is just another natural sugar.
 
I have eaten wild honey from a tupelo swamp. It was real dark and strong. Had a taste that was some acid and slightly "sulpher molases". Strong but very good.
 
Never eaten honey made just from the tupelo bloom. I don't think that would really be possible, too many other trees blooming at that time.
 
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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 11:52:24 am »
I have had orange blossom honey from orange groves in Florida.  It has a faint orange flavor and is orange in color.  Good stuff.  Even though honey is high in carbs to diabetics, it is better than pure sugar or sugar based syrup.  It has more complex carbs and takes longer to break down.  Raw honey is always better than processed honey.  Raw honey has antibiotic qualities to it.  If processed it looses the antibiotic qualities. 

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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2012, 12:00:43 pm »
local honey for you is best from a medical point of view other than that taste is important. Local honey can help control allergies.
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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2012, 01:47:00 pm »
I've been eating honey all my life and I've also had allergies all my life. I've never been able to tell that honey made one bit of difference.

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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2012, 02:29:13 pm »
Dextros, fructos, still sugars, still bad for diabetics says my wifes dr, she's diabetic.
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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2012, 02:32:10 pm »
I'm not a big fan of white Tupelo honey. A buddy of mine from Ga went on and on about it. He brought some over and it didn't live up to his hype. Most folks around here like clover honey. The stuff he brought tasted like it had set in an oak barrel. It was okay on something like cornbread where you could get by with sorghum or something. But for mixing in a drink for sweetener it tasted like you had a piece of hickory branch or something in it. Every time I tasted it all I could think of was piss oak.
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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2012, 07:35:45 pm »
If you google Tupelo Honey there are several articles about this honey and diabetics. Right or wrong I have heard it for years.






What's So Special About Tupelo Honey?

Other the fact that it's a great Van Morrison song... a lot.

We recently read an article about Tupelo honey that opened our eyes to what a rare, seasonal, and utterly unique thing it is.

For example, did you know that Tupelo honey is the only honey that will not crystallize? And the because of the specific ratio of different sugars, it's the only honey diabetics can eat?

Right this minute, some very busy honeybees are feasting on Tupelo trees in Florida and Georgia, taking in as much as they can in the short blooming season from late April to May. Read on for more facts and to find out how you can get your hands on some of this stuff...

The production of Tupelo honey is not easy. Beehives have to be moved to the groves of Tupelo trees, which grow along four rivers in northwest Florida and southern Georgia. The trees only blossom for three to four weeks, so beekeepers truck their hives right into the thick of it to get the best honey.

The article we read, in Garden & Gun magazine, was about George Watkins, a beekeeper in the Florida panhandle, who loads his hives onto a barge and moves them up the river so that his bees can work deep in the tupelo groves. Watkins was even a consultant on the film Ulee's Gold, with Peter Fonda, which is all about harvesting Tupelo honey.

• Read the article: Liquid Gold, from Garden & Gun

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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2012, 09:16:53 pm »
If you google Tupelo Honey there are several articles about this honey and diabetics. Right or wrong I have heard it for years.






What's So Special About Tupelo Honey?

Other the fact that it's a great Van Morrison song... a lot.

We recently read an article about Tupelo honey that opened our eyes to what a rare, seasonal, and utterly unique thing it is.

For example, did you know that Tupelo honey is the only honey that will not crystallize? And the because of the specific ratio of different sugars, it's the only honey diabetics can eat?

Right this minute, some very busy honeybees are feasting on Tupelo trees in Florida and Georgia, taking in as much as they can in the short blooming season from late April to May. Read on for more facts and to find out how you can get your hands on some of this stuff...

The production of Tupelo honey is not easy. Beehives have to be moved to the groves of Tupelo trees, which grow along four rivers in northwest Florida and southern Georgia. The trees only blossom for three to four weeks, so beekeepers truck their hives right into the thick of it to get the best honey.

The article we read, in Garden & Gun magazine, was about George Watkins, a beekeeper in the Florida panhandle, who loads his hives onto a barge and moves them up the river so that his bees can work deep in the tupelo groves. Watkins was even a consultant on the film Ulee's Gold, with Peter Fonda, which is all about harvesting Tupelo honey.

• Read the article: Liquid Gold, from Garden & Gun
Tupelo trees grow all over the south, not just in Georgia and Florida.  There are plenty here in Pearl River County, Mississippi.  By the way, "tupelo" is a Chickasaw Indian word for "house." 
 

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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2012, 04:29:51 am »
I've been eating honey all my life and I've also had allergies all my life. I've never been able to tell that honey made one bit of difference.

did you eat local un filtered un altered or store bought ? It has to be in the natural state .It worked for me .
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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2012, 04:45:09 am »
I've been eating honey all my life and I've also had allergies all my life. I've never been able to tell that honey made one bit of difference.

did you eat local un filtered un altered or store bought ? It has to be in the natural state .It worked for me .

For at least the last 30 years I've bought honey from a local guy. We are getting to the age where I'm afraid he's going to retire from the honey business. It hasn't helped my sneezing and wheezing a bit but it sure is good on hot bisquits, or cornbread, or toast, or tortillas, or about anything else you want to put it on.  ;D  Store honey isn't really honey anymore.

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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2012, 08:26:02 am »
I've been eating honey all my life and I've also had allergies all my life. I've never been able to tell that honey made one bit of difference.

Me either, don't help squat. Makes me smile though. ear
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Re: Is there anything special about tupelo honey?
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2012, 02:18:54 am »
I like to try exotic honey and with the song and all, had to try Tupelo when I saw some in a catalog. It was quite fragrant, light colored and I liked it.  And yeah - it never crystalized.  Was a bit expensive I think and haven't seen any for a long time.  Strongest honey I tried was from Maui Hawaii that was supposed to be from sugar cane.  It was black as road tar, very strong, kind of a molasses taste - it was ok but I could only eat it in small doses.  We are enjoying saguaro honey and mesquite honey from our trip to AZ last fall - good stuff. Mesquite has a neat taste - kind of cinnamon like.  Even tried some mesquite meal and it makes a nice smelling cinnamon like flavored bread.
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