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Sourwood Honey

Saturday, November 04th, 2006

Sourwood honey is a localized honey that is produced from Pennsylvania to Northwest Florida but is found in concentrations large enough to produce substancial amounts of honey in the lower Appalachian Mountains.The sourwood tree is a form of a shrub that blooms very late and has white bell-shaped flowers in June , July and August. buy Gourmet Honey NowSourwood honey has a spicy, sweet flavor with anise aroma  that renders a lingering, pleasant finish on the palate. Generally light in color, sourwood honey is prized by honey lovers and has even been known to convert non-honey eaters into honey lovers.

Sourwood honey is produced from the sourwood tree, Oxydendrum arboreum and has a second common name of lily of the valley tree. Honey bees are the primary pollinators of the sourwood tree and as a byproduct, the sourwood tree produces the nectar that yields the popular sourwood honey. The sourwood tree has no value as a source of timber. Some local residents landscape using the sourwood tree for native flora.

The sourwood honey crop is very finite due to the short season of blooms on the tree. Shortages of sunshine, rain and the presence of low temperatures can also limit the sourwood honey crop to a negligible harvest. The ever mysterious hive decline, disease and theft, yes bee rustlers, have brought the sourwood honey crop to a mere taste on location. Sourwood is not produced in quantities large enough to sell outside the local market.

The successful location of an apiary in a high concentration of sourwood trees that could produce a high concentration of pure sourwood honey is being hampered by development and the many years it takes for the trees to mature if planted from nursery stock.

The highest concentration of sourwood trees known are in Western North Carolina.Look for the new sourwood honey crop in August and September. This area can produce some of the purest sourwood honey from a monofloral source. Beware of venders that do not have their own beehives in this area that are selling “sourwood honey”! Most sourwood honey is mixed with other floral sources because other flowers bloom at the same time as sourwood. Unethical venders sell star thistle honey as sourwood honey. star thistle honey is America’s Number One Favorite Preferred Honey. After tasting star thistle honey, no one will ever convince you that star thistle honey is sourwood honey!  

Gourmet Gift packs of honey, including star thistle honey, tupelo honey, palmetto honey and blackberry varieties make an excelent choice.

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Gourmet Honey Gifts

Saturday, November 04th, 2006

Honey gift has always been a gift of honor, trust and treasure. Honey has been used as currency so the idea of honey gifts are grounded in tradition and cultures all over the world. Honey gifts are commonly given for weddings, birthdays and house warming occasions.buy Gourmet Honey Now

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No. 1 Honeybees earn second tournament title  Stephenville Empire-Tribune

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When conditions are right, honey bees turn selfish  Cosmos

South African Cape bees turn the honey bee reputation for cooperation on its head. Andrew Masterson reports.



Colony Size Drives Honey Bees' Overwinter Survival  Entomology Today

Research in Pennsylvania shows that overall colony weight and the number of worker bees to be the leading factors in determining overwintering survival of ...



Roll Up Your Sleeves Honey Bees, Vaccines Are Coming  HowStuffWorks

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Honey bee parasites feed on fatty organs, not blood  Phys.org

Honey bee colonies around the world are at risk from a variety of threats, including pesticides, diseases, poor nutrition and habitat loss. Recent research ...



Honey bee parasites, varroa mites, feed on fatty organs, not blood  Science Daily

Among the many threats to honey bee colonies around the world, one stands alone: the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor. For decades, researchers assumed ...



Higher Education Center offers class on caring for honeybees  Southwest Virginia Today

ABINGDON, Va. — A beginner beekeeping class in Abingdon is likely to create a buzz among people who want to learn about getting honey from a hobby ...



Feeding the bees in Greenup County  The Independent

GREENUP Carrie Davis said it all began last school year when the president of the Greenup County Bee Keeper's Association came and spoke to her class.



Finding an elusive mutation that turns altruism into selfish behavior among honeybees  Phys.org

Among the social insects, bees have developed a strong and rich social network, where busy worker bees tend to the queen, who in turn, controls reproduction ...



Winter blooms keep the honeybee buzzing  Tallahassee.com

The social insect with a matriarchal home life is still active and buzzing around Leon County and the vicinity.



Students create probiotic to help honeybees fight deadly fungus  Phys.Org

A team of University of Alberta students are hoping to market a probiotic they created to help honeybees ward off a fungal infection that has wiped out entire ...



Let’s Hear It For Honeybees  The Story Exchange

In this podcast, we explore the plight of the bee and talk to Kristy Allen, a beekeeper and advocate who is running a thriving business, the Beez Kneez in ...



Vaccine for honeybees could be a tool to fight population decline  WatertownDailyTimes.com

At a time when some beekeepers are struggling to keep their colonies alive and pollinating, the prospect of a vaccine for honeybees has offered a flicker of hope ...



Learn about honey bees during Tuesdays at 2  Port St. Joe Star

Many of our everyday food sources depend on pollinators such as honey bees--but what do we really know about our busy friends? Daphney Glass, the Head ...



Girl Scout wants kids to appreciate honeybees as valuable pollinators  Virginian-Pilot

Savannah Bowers earned the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award. The Great Neck resident created “Abuzz for Honey Bees,” a conservation ...



This honeybee parasite may be less vampire and more werewolf  Science News

Inventing decoy bee larvae prompts a back-to-basics rethink of a mite ominously named Varroa destructor.



Will Mushrooms Be Magic for Threatened Bees?  The New York Times

We might be able to save honeybees from viruses transmitted by invasive parasites without chemical treatment.



The buzz with honeybees: How to keep bees safe during winter  WatertownDailyTimes.com

As winter arrives, all is still. Bears hibernate, birds fly to warmer temperatures, fish hide beneath a frozen surface, and insects have died, leaving behind only ...



From nurses to conquerors: this single gene turns bees into social parasites  EurekAlert

A small change in the genetic makeup of the South African Cape bee turns the socially organised animal into a fighting parasite. This change ensures that ...



Honey bee geneticist named UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus  Daily Democrat

Internationally acclaimed honey bee geneticist Robert E. Page Jr., a UC Davis alumnus whose administrative career took him from chairman Department of ...



The new Rockwool plant may affect the local honey bees  WDVM 25

In Jefferson County, the Rockwool plant has been a touchy subject for many, with opponents saying the plant will bring adverse effects to residents both big and ...



Video shows honeybees' mesmerising 'Mexican wave' defence against predators  Stuff.co.nz

This hypnotic video shows honeybees in Vietnam doing the 'Mexican wave' to protect themselves.



Honeybee Vaccine Saves the Sweet Life  Interesting Engineering

Honeybees are now the first insect to have a vaccine thanks to scientists from the University of Helsinki.



ASU honey bee geneticist Robert E. Page Jr. named UC Davis distinguished emeritus  Arizona State University

Internationally acclaimed honey bee geneticist Robert E. Page Jr., emeritus provost of Arizona State University and University of California Davis alumnus, has ...



So you want to be a beekeeper? You're in for a wild ride before you get your sweet reward  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Caring for a colony of one queen and up to 60000 worker bees requires commitment, attention to detail and, above all, planning.



The young woman who wants to put bees in your office  BBC News

More honey bee colonies are disappearing every year. Leigh-Kathryn Bonner is using generations of family beekeeping knowledge to think up a promising ...



Giant honey bees perform a hypnotic defensive dance to ward off predators  Daily Mail

This is the fascinating moment a group of giant honey bees in Vietnam thrust their abdomens at 90 degrees up into the air in an effort to fend off smaller ...



This high-tech beehive protects honey bees from their mortal enemy  Digital Trends

Since the 1980s, Varroa Destructor mites have been wreaking havoc on the world's honey bee populations, and beekeepers haven't had a good way to fight ...



Honeybees sting another to remain undefeated; Hornets fall  Delta Democrat Times

The Greenville High School Honeybees remained perfect at 19-0 with a 67-36 thrashing of the Clinton Lady Arrows Friday night.



Honeybees crush Mineral Wells, 58-17  Stephenville Empire-Tribune

With senior guard Autumn Nichols providing 20 points with her outside shooting attack and the defense almost air tight, the state-ranked Stephenville ...



Bees: Proposed Department of Agriculture rules warrant concern, comment | Opinion  Daily Record

New beekeeping rules proposed by the Department of Agriculture could lead to the destruction of New Jersey's native pollinators.



Cooking with Kim: The benefits of honey bees and lemon trees  Monroe Evening News

Honey is one of the oldest foods in the world. It has been used as a food source and as a medicine as far back as 1500 B.C.. There is evidence that beekeeping ...



Honeybees gain experience against state powers  Stephenville Empire-Tribune

The state-ranked Stephenville Honeybees didn't improve their basketball season record in the 61st annual Whataburger Tournament last weekend, but they did ...



Puerto Rico May Hold the Answer to Saving the Bees – Mother Jones  Mother Jones

The quick succession of Hurricanes Irma and Maria knocked out Puerto Rico's electricity and displaced thousands of people from their homes. The storms also ...



Bee mite arrival in Hawaii causes pathogen changes in honeybee predators  UC Riverside

The reddish-brown varroa mite, a parasite of honeybees and accidentally introduced in the Big Island of Hawaii in 2007-08, is about the size of a pinhead.



Honeybees collect multiple volleyball honors  Stephenville Empire-Tribune

Senior Jayci Morton, already an all-state volleyball performer for the Stephenville Honeybees, continues to pick up postseason honors — including being voted ...



What 88 Bee Genomes and 10 Years of Studying Apples Tell Us About the Future of Pollinators - D-brief  Discover Magazine

Stroll through an apple orchard in bloom, and you'll be surrounded with the buzz of busy bees. But unless the farm manager has rented hives of domesticated ...



Lady Tigers drop to 0-2 in district with loss to Honeybees  The Glen Rose Reporter

GLEN ROSE — With only eight total games in District 7-4A play, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers haven't done themselves any favors in the first two. “We have put our ...



Bee Collapse: The Varroa Mite Is More Destructive Than Scientists Ever Knew  Inverse

The drastic decline in global honeybee populations is no secret. The phenomenon has been named “colony collapse syndrome,” and though it's not clear what ...



Recent innovations make it easy to live green without sacrificing style  East Bay Times

Don't let visions of clunky solar panels and backbreaking work make you shy away from sustainable living. Recent innovations make it easier than ever to live a ...



USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Additional Services  knopnews2

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says Farm *Service* Agency offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional ...



Half of Michigan bumblebee species dropped by 50 percent or more  Michigan Radio

Bees are disappearing. You might have heard that colony collapse disorder of European honeybees can nearly wipe out a hive. But native bees are also in.



Rockwell teen hopes bees survive 'cold, long Iowa winter' after first year  Globe Gazette

ROCKWELL | Collin Witte's first year as a beekeeper was “challenging and rewarding.”



Introduction to beekeeping weekend workshop  Farm Forum

The Northwest Beekeepers Association is hosting a 10-hour Introduction to Beekeeping Weekend Workshop beginning Feb. 23, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and ...



REVIEW | 'Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live'  The Gazette

Picture Rob Dunn approaching his publisher: “I have an idea for a book about all the tiny insects, bacteria, and other creepy-crawly things that live in our homes.



Call of the wild: Save our pollinators  Sunny South News

Insect pollinators like bees (honey bees and native bees), moths and butterflies, and pollinator friendly species of beetles and flies are showing a trend of ...



Why rare bees in the UK deserve support from the UAE  The National

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has been helping a rare bee species in the UK spread their wings at a time when the species is under ...



Bees starting season at No. 1 in soccer rankings  Stephenville Empire-Tribune

Not only did the Stephenville Honeybees improve to 2-0 on Tuesday with an 8-0 non-district road win over Alvarado, they also learned that they are ranked No.



Bourn speaks at Iris Garden Club meeting about keeping honeybees | www.news-reporter.com  News-Reporter

Kathleen Bourn of Canon presented a most interesting program on beekeeping at the Iris Garden Club meeting Tuesday, January 8, at the Robert Toombs ...



Protect these pollinators  Foster's Daily Democrat

To the Editor:What do the bees have? They have the ability to pollinate our food supply better than any other insect in nature according to studies of insect ...



SHS girls 2nd, boys 3rd in first powerlifting meet  Stephenville Empire-Tribune

The Stephenville High School girls placed second and the boys took third place as they opened their 2019 powerlifting schedule competing on Jan. 17 in the ...



Johnny Appleseed, Bees and the Changing Landscape  American Council on Science and Health

The effects of a changing landscape on our friend, the bee, once again points at the subtle and not-so-subtle changes that can ripple through the ecosystem.



Lessons in service  Brookings Register

BROOKINGS – Brookings County 4-H members made and donated 77 blankets during the 2017-2018 statewide Blanket Buddies *service* project – the most ...



Tualatin Valley Beekeepers Association to hold free event  Pamplin Media Group

Tualatin Valley Beekeepers Association to hold free event, Local News, Forest Grove local News, Breaking News alerts for Forest Grove city.



How Humans Are Hurting Honeybees' Ability to Reproduce  National Geographic

From pesticides to land development to electromagnetic pollution, humans often harm the ability of honeybees to reproduce.



Scientists create edible honey bee vaccine to protect them from deadly diseases  Fox News

The first-ever vaccine for insects now exists, thanks to scientists at the University of Helsinki in Finland hoping to save one of the most crucial pollinators in the ...



Bee memory experiment  The Hans India

Have you ever wondered how bees and butterflies know where to find good feeding spots These insects dont have sharp vision, but they see polarized light ...



Researchers Create First-Ever Honey Bee Vaccine | Smart News  Smithsonian.com

The compound protects against the American foulbrood disease, but the same technique could lead to protection against other major pathogens.



More Honey Bee Hives To Go High-Tech With ApisProtect  Forbes

Monitoring honey bee hives by hand is passé. The buzz these days is about high-tech sensors inside hives. They help commercial beekeepers keep colonies ...



Bees sting 4-year-old Migori boy to death  Tuko.co.ke

Tuko.co.ke News ☛ According to witnesses, he was rushed to hospital in critical condition and succumbed to stings on the fateful morning. His parents now want ...



First-Ever Honey Bee Vaccine Offers Hope for Pollinators and Fruit Growers  Fortune

Scientists at the University of Helsinki have developed the first edible vaccine for honey bees.



Honey producer traces product back to the plants it came from  Haliburton County Echo

By Darren Lum. Published Jan. 22, 2019. At the back of Ron Lofthouse's Haliburton home, his apiary of bees is quiet, hibernating for the winter. It's a complete ...



What’s Happening to Honey Bees?  Growing Produce

There's a harmonious relationship between fruit and nut crops and honey bees. The fruit and nut industry depends on these pollinators. Honey bees are ...



Hive vandalism kills thousands of honey bees in Iowa  USA TODAY

An Iowa farmer lost tens of thousands of bees and about 150 pounds of honey after vandals trashed his colonies with cinder blocks and bricks, leaving the ...



Why Pesticides Pose Different Kinds of Risk to Non-Honey Bees  Entomology Today

A new collection of reports in Environmental Entomology highlights the need for pesticide risk assessments that account for the differing qualities and behaviors ...



Honeybees, in decline for decades, finding new homes in unusual places  New York Post

The yellow and black pollinator is being welcomed into unusual places like Delta across the country – all to combat the drastic decline in honeybee populations ...



'Just plain stupid': Manuka honey explosion leaving Hawke's Bay bees 'starving'  New Zealand Herald

A veteran Hawke's Bay beekeeper says many people trying to get on board the manuka honey gold rush are actually causing the local honey bee population to ...



Honeybees at risk from Zika pesticides  Science Daily

Up to 13 percent of US beekeepers are in danger of losing their colonies due to pesticides sprayed to contain the Zika virus, new research suggests.



Bee pollination declining with increased use of pesticide  The Commercial Dispatch

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Bobby Coy and his son, Richard Coy, owners of Crooked Creek Bee Co., in Jonesboro, began noticing a decline in bee pollination after ...



A mushroom vaccine could save the honey bees  Grist

A new study gives declining bee populations and the people trying to save them new hope.



Tennessee 'bee whisperer' removes 35,000 honey bees from brick wall  Fox News

A bee removal expert in Tennessee is making quite the buzz after extracting an estimated 35000 honey bees from a brick wall.



Honey Bees May Fight Off Viruses With Help From Fungi - D-brief  Discover Magazine

New research suggests honey bees may be protected from devastating viruses by eating extracts derived from fungi.



UA fighting tropical diseases with form of mosquito 'birth control'  Arizona Daily Star

Researchers studying how targeting certain gene will disrupt mosquitoes ability to produce viable eggs.



Is the Key to Saving Pollinators … Honey Bee Semen?  Smithsonian.com

“I'm surprised it took you so long to ask,” Brandon Hopkins says with a laugh. The 35-year-old entomologist is preparing samples to be sent to the USDA ...



A Honeybee With Two Fathers And No Mother  Forbes

A female honeybee with two fathers -- and no mother -- has been discovered; the first ever of her kind observed in nature. Female worker honeybee, Apis ...



Keeping honeybees doesn't save bees – or the environment  The Conversation - UK

It's no secret that bee populations are in decline across the UK and Europe. There has also been a fantastic increase in public awareness over the past few ...



Here's how clumps of honeybees may survive blowing in the wind  Science News

Honeybees clumped on trees may adjust their positions to keep the cluster together when it's jostled by wind, a new study suggests.



Some honeybees have four parents or no mother – and we don’t know why  New Scientist News

The first genetic study of part-male, part-female honeybees shows these bees can have multiple fathers, but it's unclear how this happens.



Glyphosate disrupts honey bee gut bacteria  Chemical & Engineering News

Glyphosate is among the most widely used agricultural chemicals in the world, and the companies that make it describe it as safer and more ...



Louisiana beekeepers say honey bee population is dwindling  KPLC

80 percent of the food we eat is dependent on insects for pollinating, Most of it is done by honey bees.



A bee economist explains honey bees' vital role in growing tasty almonds  The Conversation - US

Pollination by commercially raised bees is important to a variety of crops but none more than California almonds. In turn, beekeepers depend on them.



3 ways to create a honeybee haven at home  The Washington Post

Select the right blooms, provide water and avoid pesticides to help happy pollinators.



A village on a honey chase is new buzz in town  Times of India

NEW DELHI: As Dinesh Kumar Rana, having woken up early in the morning, leaves home to picks up a couple of villagers and be on their way to their ancestral ...



Honey Bee Health: Problems and Solutions  The Splendid Table

Bee researcher Bernardo Niño explains what a healthy honey bee colony looks like and takes us inside the research of a mysterious colony collapse disorder.



First Vaccine for Honey Bees Developed in Finland  Growing Produce

Bloomberg reports scientists at the University of Helsinki have developed the first vaccine to protect honey bees against microbial infections. Advertisement ...



Numerical ordering of zero in honey bees  Science Magazine

It has been said that the development of an understanding of zero by society initiated a major intellectual advance in humans, and we have been thought to be ...



Base personnel join Propolis Project to help honey bees thrive  Dayton Daily News

Collaborative research efforts between members of the 88th Civil Engineer Group Natural Resources Program, the Propolis Project and researchers at Penn ...



Honeybees are hurting. What else can pollinate our food?  The Seattle Times

Farmers are turning to other types of bees — like the blue orchard bee, the bumblebee and alfalfa leafcutter — that have proved to be effective pollinators of ...



Honey Bees Aren't the Only Insect to Produce Nectar, Says Ecologist  Inverse

There are seven species of Apis honey bee in the world, all of them native to Asia, Europe, and Africa. Apis mellifera, the western honey bee, is the species ...



While We Worry About Honeybees, Other Pollinators Are Disappearing - The Crux  Discover Magazine

A hyperfocus on the plight of hooneybees has left thousands of other species in the dark.



No Buzz, No Problem: Study Shows How Honey Bees Pollinate Blueberries  Entomology Today

A new study shows how honey bees pollinate blueberry crops, despite lacking the skill for buzz pollination thought necessary to access blueberry pollen.



Honey bees, already at risk, face a new threat from a common herbicide  Phys.Org

Glyphosate is the world's most widely used herbicide. Because it's considered safe for animals, it's extensively used not only in agriculture, but also for weed ...



How you can help fight the honey bee colony collapse disorder  USA TODAY

The die-off of America's honey bee colonies, which are disappearing in droves because of parasites, pesticides, poor nutrition and disease, leave beekeepers ...



Time to Create Some Buzz for Honey Bees  Growing Produce

The irony of writing this month's cover story is not lost on me. In fact, buzzing, stinging insects and I have a strange relationship. When I was a very young, ...



Edible vaccine may protect honey bees from deadly microbial infections  Genetic Literacy Project

A growing number of honey bees die each year due to pesticides, vanishing habitats, poor nutrition and climate change, with potentially disastrous.



Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators  The New York Times

Honeybees are under siege, straining the business of farming. Now growers are turning to other bee species to help their crops.



Honey Bees Beard to Beat the Heat  HowStuffWorks

Bees cling to one another in the shape of a beard to stave off heat. HowStuffWorks takes a look at bee bearding.



Genome published of the small hive beetle, a major honey bee parasite  Phys.Org

Beekeepers and researchers will welcome the unveiling of the small hive beetle's genome by Agricultural Research *Service* (ARS) scientists and their ...


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