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From www.wisegeek.com

Tupelo honey includes table and baking grades of honey made from the blossoms of the tupelo gum tree, nyssa aquatica. The tupelo gum tree grows in flooded forest areas in states such as Florida, Louisiana, Georgia and Virginia as well as along the Mississippi River, but tupelo honey is mainly only produced commercially in areas along the Choctawhatchee, Apalachicola and Ochlockonee rivers. Tupelo honey made from the white tupelo gum tree, nyssa ogeche, is top quality table honey and is valued for its uniquely delicious flavor and its inability to granulate.

White tupelo honey is sometimes called fine tupelo honey and is the most expensive honey because it is the most expensive to produce. Care must be taken by the beekeepers to clean the combs at the right time so that when the white tupelo gum tree blossoms, only the honey from these blossoms is collected. White tupelo honey is a prized, sweet and delicious light amber table honey with a greenish hue to it and it won't granulate or crystallize.

Black tupelo honey is made from the blossoms of the black tupelo gum tree, nyssa sylvatica, and it produces a darker honey that will granulate. Black tupelo is not prized for table honey and is often used as a bakery grade honey. Both white and black types of tupelo honey are produced by placing bees on platforms on the tupelo gum trees in the spring months. As the bees travel through the swamps they produce the honey from the gum trees' nectar.

If top quality white tupelo honey is mixed with any other type of honey such as black tupelo, wildflower or gallberry, it will granulate. Only fine white tupelo honey won't granulate or crystallize. The delightful taste of pure white tupelo honey can be savored on hot buttered toast or cold vanilla ice cream as well as on or in many other foods.

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