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  • 1. Ark of Taste
    Sourwood Honey
    Justine Thompson
  • 2. Sourwood Honey
    The medium-height tree or small shrub that is indigenous to the United States and grows at higher elevations in the Appalachians of northern Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and southern Pennsylvania.
    It is also known as sorrel tree, sour gum, elk tree, and lily-of-the-valley.
    Blooms from June to August, small window of time in which beekeepers can bring their colonies to collect nectar from the flowers.
    Flavor is floral and light with hints of baking spices and anise.
    Firm acidity.
    Colour ranges from pure white to light amber.
    Smooth, caramel buttery quality.
  • 3. A Sticky Situation
    Scarce population of sourwood trees.
    Bloom period is short and sensitive to rainfall. Trees need enough sunlight to produce nectar which can be difficult because sourwood trees are shorter and shaded out by other trees around them.
    Difficult to transplant.
    Production is challenging because beekeepers must be timely when harvesting so bees do not harvest any nectar from other flowering plants.
    Strict guidelines state that if polluted from other varietals it cannot be sold as sourwood.
    Sourwood trees are threatened by development.
    Alarming and mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse could potentially to destroy the “less specialized and smaller scale” business practices.
  • 4. Revival & Survival
    Sourwood Festival, sponsored by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce, is named after the regions important honey source, the Sourwood tree, which blooms in mid to late summer each year.
    Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, an effort to promote planting bee-friendly trees during reclamation.
    Tammy Horn, International Coal Group (ICG) and James River Coal have planted more than 10,000 sourwood trees during reclamation last year.
    Goal is to build a self-sustaining co-op to sell honey produced by the bees at the reclaimed mine sites.
    The Georgia Native Plant Society has active conservation, restoration and education programs. It only removes wild plants that are threatened and they are in turn sold. The proceeds go towards sponsor scholarships and research targeted at native plant preservation. Many of the rescued plants are donated to restoring public space such as schools.
  • 5. Notable Figures
    Morris Bateman 1131 Long Branch Road Topton, NC 28781 828-321-4539
    The Savannah Bee Company 2604 Causton Bluff Road #B Savannah, GA 31404 912-34-0688
    Spring Hill Merchant 877-891-6389
    Blue Ridge Honey Company PO Box 15 Lakemont, GA 30552
    Nortons Nut and Honey330 Irvin St.Reidsville, NC 27320Tel. 001
    Mikes Honey bees
    North havenRaleigh, NC 27615
  • 6. Works Cited