“Most honey is made by bees. But sourwood is made by bees and angels”.
Carson Brewer, writer
Sourwood honey is so rare that a good crop sometimes only surfaces once every decade. Yet, its distinctive spicy flavor makes it sought after by honey connoisseurs everywhere. Sourwood trees grow from southern Pennsylvania to northern Georgia and they have a very short bloom period requiring expert beekeeping to produce this monofloral honey. The parameters for classifying the honey are very strict; if it has even small percentages of other varietals it cannot be sold as sourwood.
ABOUT THE BEEKEEPERS
Doug and Sharry Mikell, of Mikell’s Farm Honey are full-time NC Certified Sourwood Beekeepers using organic practices. Mikell’s Farm Honey won the 2014-2015 and the 2016-2017 International Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest for Sourwood Honey. Their apiary is located next to the Pisgah National Forest where Sourwood trees have been undisturbed for over 100 years. Mikell’s Farm Honey sells honey at its best; raw, pure and natural, with minimal straining and no pasteurization. Their Sourwood Honey has been analyzed at Texas A&M and is Certified Sourwood Honey.