The sourwood tree is native to America and the Appalachian mountains, but it grows most profusely in the southern regions of western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and northern Georgia.
Sourwood honey is considered a delicacy, a sought-for honey that is relatively scarce. Bees make sourwood honey during early summer. Depending on the area, the sourwood trees bloom sometime between July and August. Bees adore sourwood and avidly collect pollen and nectar from the prolific, nectar-rich tree flowers. Because there are so many sourwoods in southern Appalachia, honeybees will feed from them only, ignoring their other nectar sources. Diligent beekeepers pay attention to the nectar flow and add new supers to their hives so that the bees will store the monofloral sourwood honey for later collection.
Sourwood is a light-colored honey that has a smooth and buttery flavor with soft caramel notes. It has an aftertaste that is often compared to a hint of anise or cinnamon.
Sourwood has a smooth and buttery flavor with soft caramel notes. It has an aftertaste that is often compared to a hint of anise or cinnamon.
Sourwood has a smooth, buttery flavor with soft caramel notes and an aftertaste like anise or cinnamon.