One of the reasons our stores are so popular with visitors is our wonderful honey tasting bar. When you visit a Savannah Bee store you can sample all of our fantastic honey varieties while one of our honey educators provides information about each of the honey varieties origin, historical tidbits, and subtle flavor notes. It is literally a tour of honey! Not surprisingly, I get a lot of great questions during a honey tasting. One of the most common questions I hear is, "Where is your regular honey?". Generally, people think that the honey-like substance that comes in the plastic squeeze bear bottles in grocery stores is "regular honey" and that our honey has somehow been infused with flavor and color. I then explain to them that there is not, in fact, a "regular" honey. There are as many flavors of honey as there are different flowers that honey bees visit and pollinate. Once the ground rules for honey tasting have been explained, I get to show our customers a whole new world of honey that most people don't even know exists!
When going through the honey tasting, I like to go into a little extra detail about our incredible Acacia honey because, as a beekeeper, I find this honey so fascinating. The Acacia tree itself is sometimes a matter of confusion when trying to explain the honey's origin to customers. So in the interest of clarification, here we go: Acacia honey comes from the False Acacia tree (Robinia pseudoacacia) which is also called Black Locust. False Acacia trees are native to the North America but are planted widely across Europe, especially in Hungary and Italy. False Acacia should not be confused with "true" Acacia trees or the Honey Locust, both of which seldom produce honey. However, Black Locust, Honey Locust and "true" Acacia are all in the same family (Fabaceae or Leguminosae). In summary, Acacia honey comes from the nectar produced by the Black Locust tree. Whew!
Blossoming in May and June, honeybees flock to the beautiful white flowers hanging up to 70ft in the air. Acacia honey is extremely light in color with a hint of gold. The color of Acacia honey gives rise to its two nicknames, moon honey, and water honey. When looking at this honey in good lighting, it can almost appear clear. The flavor is incredibly mild with a hint of vanilla. It is light enough for a green tea, morning coffee, or in place of sugar when baking cookies or muffins. Here in Savannah, I commonly see friends and family members using this honey in Mint Juleps, sweet tea, and lemonade.
We recently posted a recipe for Acacia honey ice cream in the recipe section of this blog. Savannah Bee Acacia honey is a beautifully sweet and delicate honey that is perfect for almost any occasion! Gathered from Northern Italy or Hungary (depending on availability), it has an interesting story and a long trip overseas to our kitchens here in the United States. Acacia honey is the only international honey variety we sell at Savannah Bee. Savannah Bee Acacia honey is perfect as an elegant gift or, as in my case, for hoarding in the cupboard.
Here are some other recipes featuring Acacia honey!
Savannah Bee Acacia Honeycombjito
Submitted By: Usher Gay