Tupelo: Nyssa ogeche

Photo by Maria del Pilar Paz, Biological Scientist, University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture Gainesville, FL Photo by Maria del Pilar Paz, Biological Scientist, University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture Gainesville, FL

Bees use nectar from the white Tupelo trees to make the unique southeastern “Tupelo Honey”!

Interesting facts about Tupelo honey
  • Tupelo honey has a light amber golden color with a unique flavor and a delicate and distinctive taste.
  • Pure Tupelo Honey, produced from only the White Tupelo, is the only honey that will not granulate.
  • Due to it’s high laevulose (44.3%), low dextrose (29.98%) ratio (average), doctors have been able to recommend some diabetic patients to consume Tupelo Honey.
  • This honey was topic in a movie starring Peter Fonda as a beekeeper (Ulee’s Gold, 1997).
  • Tupelo Honey is also the name of a Van Morrison’s song and album released in November of 1971.
  • Tupelo Honey is a unique product of the southeast USA.
Pure Tupelo Honey is produced from the White Ogeechee Tupelo
  • Tupelo, Ogeche’s native habitat in the South Eastern US, from South Carolina to Northern Florida to Mississippi.
  • Ogeechee tupelo requires a very moist site and is distributed along the borders of rivers, swamps, and ponds that are frequently flooded.
  • Thousands of hectares of Ogeechee tupelo have been planted in bee farms along the lower Apalachicola River and around swamps, where it grows also naturally.
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