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Honey Traveler

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Much more than just a sweetener, honey is a delicious natural food—the product of a particular place and time.

Honey is found world-wide; from Finland to Auckland and China to Patagonia. For the traveler, the search for honey often leads to discoveries of meaningful and enjoyable aspects of the country and its people. This includes side-trips to road-side stands, farm shops, local markets, restaurants, fairs, festivals, honey competitions, honey tastings, parks, hiking, farm stays, tours, on-farm classes, museums, and more.

All the while enjoying unique, delicious honeys, and learning about other bee products, the flora, natural history, climate, and geology, as well as the traditions and the wonderful local people that produce it.
(Left - a road-side honey bee shop near Puerto Varas in southern Chile, called, “La Picá de la Abeja” – The ‘bite’ of the bee – featuring a mural of their hives across Llanquihue Lake from Osorno Volcano)

Featured Honeys

Heather Honey: Produced for centuries in Germany and in the British moorlands, this is considered the “King of Honeys” in their localities.

Sourwood Honey: Becoming world famous for its quality and produced only in the Appalachian highlands of SE USA.

Pitcairn Island Honey: Honey from the most remote, populated tropical island in the world and home to the descendants of the original mutineers of the Bounty.

30 comments to Honey Traveler

  • suran

    good work.keep it up.

  • I really love your blog. I have learned so much about the different varieties of honey, and the extensive background you provide with references.

    As a fellow honey enthusiast, I thank you for helping to spread and educate about the amazing qualities of honey.

    Bev

  • HT

    Hi Bev:

    Thank you for your kind words Bev! There is something magical about honey isn’t there? I encourage interested honey lovers to visit Bev’s website, honeyfanatic.com for her unique perspective on the world of honey.

  • Ken

    Good day,
    My name is Mr.Ken Waddle and I will like to know if you can supply some honey for me, its going to be picked up at your store location when parked for pick up,after payment.I will like to know the types of honey you do have in stock,so that i can make my choice,and also let me know if you do accept credit card as a method of payment also, wish you all the best in business and i would be looking forward on hearing from you soon.

    best regards,
    Ken.

  • HT

    Hi Ken:

    Thanks for your inquiry, but I don’t actually supply or sell honey. If you can tell me where you are located, perhaps I can help you find a local supplier.

    - Scott

  • Tom

    Great info, thanks.
    Do you have any info on Bee-bee Tree honey (Korean Evodia). Crystallization rate? Taste? How much nectar they produce?

    I am also looking for the same info for Gobe Thistle, either Ritro or Blue Blow (Echinops Ritro or Echinops bannaticus)

    Also, I am looking for the same info for Blue Thistle aslo called Sea Holly (Eryngium Alpinum or Eryngium Planum)

    If you can not help, do you know where I can find this type of info?
    Thanks
    Are you a bee keeper?

  • Mead Laden

    Have you read the travelogue/memoir ‘Honey and Dust’ and checked out Andrew Gough’s Arcadia website. He wrote a wonderful 3-part series on the history of bees.

    Just surfed onto your website; I might be here for daze.

  • HT

    Hi Mead Laden:

    I just ordered it. Thanks for the tip! Also, here is the link to Andrew’s excellent 3-part article of bee history.

    …Scott

  • Sam Ryan

    I have had honey from all over the world
    Surprisingly Brooklyn honey was the best
    It’s hard to find but worth the search
    It isn’t subject to pesticides and the urban vegetation gives it a unique taste

  • Hi Sam:

    I am impressed that you were able to decide which one was the best LOL! Whenever we have a honey tasting party I invariably change my mind about my favorite one.

    The Brooklyn honey sounds very interesting though. I can understand how it might be unique, although some think that city honey might be tainted with pollution etc., I have heard it is quite good, with city beekeeping becoming quite popular and accepted. Did you buy it from a market? Or directly from the bee-keeper?

    …Scott

  • where can i buy sour wood honey in Pikeville Kentucky?

  • Taryn Taylor

    Hi, Love your website/blog?/ I am a new beekeeper and newer to blog-world, so how do I subscribe to your blog so i can get it automatically in my email inbox?/ thnsk TAryn

  • Hi Taryn:

    You may subscribe via the “subscribe” button on the left below the main navigation. Thanks for your interest!

    Thanks,
    Scott

  • Linda Fisher

    I bought Ys raw honey online it has USDA organic seal on front of jar & on back it says OCIA international certified very confusing to me, also from canada & brazil so now looking for “real” raw honey I can get online. I like the taste of tupelo I had in florida,but don’t know where to get it & if raw tupelo is in liquid form? Shouldn’t I see specks of pollen in it if raw? Also wondering if asian countries laudered any tupelo? Geez Just want some raw tupelo from reputable farm,company etc. Can you list a company? Thank You

  • Hi Linda:

    It can be daunting to try to evaluate the honeys on the shelf. To really know if the honey is pure and unprocessed is almost impossible. I try to buy from the beekeepers themselves, large and small. I have found that they are pretty open about whether they heat the honey and their processing methods. More and more are actually selling a “raw” version for a premium as this is becoming more popular. The good news about tupelo is that most of it comes from Florida, and Florida is one of the leading states when it comes to honey regulations: Standard of Identity as adopted in Florida. I mention a couple of places to buy in the Tupelo article.

    …Scott

  • My son has folliculitis and antibiotic can only help so far. Sometimes when his hair is cut he breaks out. A few years ago african palm oil helped to control this condition but he only uses it irritically nowadays and it is no longer helping. I would like to order the Berringa honey and failing that the Manuka honey. I tried to order the Manuka honey via the web site you gave but all i get is pictures of bee keepers. HELP!

  • Hi Franceine:

    The company I refer to has a new website, that, I’m afraid is more suitable to winning a artistic design award then being a good place to shop.

    Here is their store URL. I have complete faith in them and have bought honey from them in the past. http://www.nzartisanhoney.co.nz/shop.php

    …Scott

  • valiha

    Hi,
    I write to you from Madagascar

    Which forms of collaboration could we do so that we could introduce to you and associations the Madagascar honeys; our country is rich in flora; we would be glad to let you know about beekeepers group over here;

    Kind regards, and looking forwards reaction from you,
    VALIHA
    Antananarivo
    +261 32 02 108 86

  • hannah

    hi sir have you tried the honey in the philippines?

  • Hi Valiha:

    You may send an email to sforler@honeytraveler.com.

    I would be delighted to make your acquaintance! I will be in Africa next year near Madagascar. Perhaps we could meet?

    …Scott

  • Hi Hannah:

    I have not, but would love to! Do you have any recommendations?

    …Scott

  • Billy

    Scott,
    I just came across your blog — very cool!
    I have just discovered mead and will be attempting to make my own. In your honey travels, do you have any insights into the best to use to make mead?
    also
    Any thoughts on New Zealand (south island) honey?

    Thanks!

    Billy

  • Betty

    Hi Scott,
    I recently made a batch of creamed honey. In the process of heating it to the recommended temp I got distracted by a phone call and the honey boiled. I don’t think it boiled very long, a minute or two, long enough to make a HUGE mess. I went ahead with the seeding and cool temp storage, but my creamed honey is harder than usual and dark colored. The flavor is not great. Is there any hope for this batch or have I ruined 12lbs of expensive honey?
    Thanks for any advice you can offer!

  • Hi Betty:

    What a disaster! I’m not certain whether you can recover the honey. You need advice from someone more experienced than me. Try the folks over at the Beekeeper’s forum http://www.beekeepingforums.com

    Good Luck!

    …Scott

  • Hi Billy:

    I love the idea of mead, one of the oldest beverages known to man! I haven’t had the opportunity to really investigate them though. The ones I’ve tried were too sweet for my taste. I have been told that a dry mead can be produced. Like wine, the mead takes on the flavor quality of the honey. Try visiting the mead-making forums you’ll learn a lot. http://www.gotmead.com/forum/

    South Island honey from New Zealand is home to some of the best honey in the world. New Zealand is committed to their honey market and support their beekeepers. See this post.

    …Scott

  • Mona Knight

    Hello!

    I just found your wonderful site. I live in N. Texas, near Denton, about an hour north of Dallas/Ft. Worth. I’m looking for local honey that’s never been heated. I do wonder about our extreme heat here. Since we don’t want honey heated above 95 degrees, is that a problem when outside temps are 106 and up? Do you know of suppliers of unheated honey in my area?

    Thansk so much!
    RLK

  • Harry

    Have you tried honey from the island of Kalymnos in Greece. The flavour is so pure and unique , let me know what you think.

  • Armin Ebtekar

    Hello
    Of childhood
    I’m very interested in beekeeping , honey production and honey
    I tasted different kinds honey
    I have some experience
    for example,
    Best Honey
    In terms of color , taste , nutrients And …
    Honeyed that naturally there in the mountains
    Of course , in mountains temperate
    And not too humid mountains
    And another points
    Eating honey
    Eat honey with bees’ wax
    Feel the genuine taste of honey
    And also
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    Never burns
    And not frozen
    And
    Hundreds of other points about honey bees and beekeeping
    If I had free time writing

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  • I just read your article on mint honey. I live in Baltimore, Maryland. We have a dozen hives and have been extracting honey. Mostly, we have black locust and have already extracted that; but this year we have had a huge sumac bloom. The honey we are now extracting is delicious, sweet, and has a mint after taste. Your mouth feels fresh (really). There is plenty of mint growing in the area, but it had not yet blossomed. Could it be the wild sumac growing in our woods? (Most of it is staghorn sumac; I don’t think there is any poison sumac around.)

  • Hi Judith:

    That is very interesting! Basswood has a minty smell or taste and blossoms a month or so after black locust. Could that be the source of the taste? The sumac honey I have tried has not had a minty taste.

    …Scott

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