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What's the difference between supermarket and artisanal honey? Learn more



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bee raw
Bee Raw's single-source honey samplers are packaged in sleek glass vials nestled in a minimalist American Oak block. Sample raw varietals from across the country. Try honey sourced from the nectar of desert wildflowers in Arizona, orange blossoms in Florida, or raspberry bushes in Maine. Each has its own distinct characteristics and complex taste.


Savannah Bee
Many people prefer the convenience of supermarket-style honey because it doesn't crystallize and can remain in a liquid state for years. Artianal honey, on the other hand, tends to crystallize. For those want the best of both worlds -- artisanal quality without too much crystallization -- there are a few excellent options. Tupelo, Black Sage and Locust Blossom honey are single source varietals that are slow to crystalize due to their naturally high levels of fructose. Savannah Bee makes non-crystallizing tupelo and black sage honey.
Also Available at: igourmet.com


Zingerman's
For those who want to sample a range of artisanal honey brands, Zingerman's, the Midwestern gourmet mecca, is a great place to start.


Volcano Island Honey
National Geographic Traveler Magazine calls their Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey "some of the best honey in the world." It derives from a single, floral source - the blossoms of Kiawe trees grown in a single grove on Hawaii's big island. This award-winning honey (it won a 2007 Sofi Silver Medal -- like the Oscars of the gourmet food industry) is raw, unheated, unfiltered and 100% pure organic.





igourmet.com - This internet gourmet superstore carries a large selection of world-class honeys in their "From the Garden" section.

Ames Farm - Each container of Ames Farm's honey is searchable in their online beeyard database, where you can find out the date and location (even the specific hive number) where your jar of honey was harvested. Brian Fredericksen's hives are placed in 17 different locations across Minnesota. The single-source honey harvested from each of these locations has its own unique flavor profile.

Hamptons Honey - Raw, unfiltered honey varietals from Long Island's largest apiary (beekeeping farm). The one to try: Black Locust Blossom honey.

Mad Rose Group - Wine importer Neal Rosenthal sells Mario Bianco's coveted single-varietal honeys, which are collected in Italy's Alpine foothills and sold by vintage. Lime Blossom, Eucalyptus and Rhododendron are a few of his interesting varieties. Rosenthal also sells his own Mad Rose organically grown buckwheat honey which is harvested at his New York ranch.

Branches Honey - Varietal honeys from Northern California. Selected for Oprah's "0" List in 2004: "Fantastic honey is like a superb wine: sophisticated, complex, distinctive."

Formaggio Kitchen - This Boston food mecca is the exclusive distributor of several excellent European single-source honeys, including Lo Brusc, artisanal honeys made in the tiny Provencal village of Viens.