Top Pick Of The Week

August 29, 2006
Updated November 2008

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Challah and honey
Time to give up the sticky generics and go for the greats: raw, varietal honeys (a.k.a. gourmet honey) from the internationally renowned beekeepers of Savannah Bee Company. Even this piece of challah knows it is more glorious with “the real deal.”
WHAT IT IS: Rare, raw honey from Georgia and other Southeastern states.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: These are varietal honeys that are difficult or impossible to find elsewhere, produced by dedicated beekeepers who move their hives to the most remote areas to follow the nectar.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Purity of honey flavor, and the pronouncement of varietal flavor in each particular honey. If you eat honey regularly, these honeys will make you pause. They’re like discovering new favorite wines: even if you like what you were currently drinking, you know you have found something better.

Savannah Bee Company Honeys: Queen Bee

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Honey Storage

Honey is amazingly durable: because of the high sugar and low moisture contents, it doesn’t spoil. Edible honey has been found in the tombs of the Pharaohs! But that doesn’t mean you should treat your fine honey cavalierly.

  • Keep jars capped tightly when not in use. Cute honey pot jars with open necks for dippers are not for the storage of rare honeys.
  • Store honey in a cool, dry place, preferably out of the light.
  • Don’t refrigerate honey, it will crystallize (except for the high-fructose varieties that don’t crystallize, like tupelo and black sage). Even at room temperature, most honeys will crystallize over time. To restore honey to liquid form, microwave it for 30 seconds, or put the jar in a pan of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes.

The Final Buzz On Honey

There’s a lot of honey out there. If you use supermarket honey, it’s tantamount to using supermarket tea bags, a generic product without nuance or character. Even in specialty stores, when faced with a large number of choices, choosing honey is like choosing any other specialty food: you’ve got to know the brand you’re reaching for.

As we hope we’ve shown, the best honey comes from the best blossoms, which are a challenge to find; and then have to be handled by dedicated artisans who know how to extract it gently from the comb. The honeys of Savannah Bee Company have won the loyalty of honey-lovers across the U.S., as well as customers in Europe and Asia. Will you be next?

—Karen Hochman

FORWARD THIS NIBBLE to anyone who loves honey, or has never liked it and needs an eye-opening experience as to what great honey tastes like.


Rare Raw Honeys: Black Sage, Orange Blossom, Raspberry, Sourwood, Tupelo

Certified Kosher by KSA

  • 20-Ounce Flutes
    $20.00 To $23.00
  • 12.-Ounce Jar
    $14.00 To $15.00
  • Gift Sampler Sets
    $23.00 TO $25.00
  • Different sizes available based
    on variety of honey. See website.

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Honey Sampler
Sampler Pack, above, gives a taste of the top honeys.

Savannah Bee Honey

*Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. Shipping is additional. These items are offered by a third party and THE NIBBLE has no relationship with them. Purchase information is provided as a reader convenience.

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