Give the Gift of Honey and Bees This Holiday

December 1, 2018

Give Honey this Holiday to Those You Love. Give the gift of honey this holiday season. This delicious present is perfect for friends, neighbors, coworkers, and teachers. Honey also makes for thoughtful hostess gifts or as a token of appreciation for anyone in your life who appreciates gourmet food. Honey, like wine, has a unique terroir that reflects the sunshine, climate, soil, and flora from which bees have harvested nectar. It is the essence of nature distilled into perfect golden drops of sweetness.

Honey comes in a vast away of colors from almost off-white (Acaia Honey) to the darkest toffee (Avocado Honey) and every amber hue in between. Typically, the lighter colored honeys have the mildest of flavors and the delicate of tastes. Darker honeys are more robust in flavor and have very strong tastes.

Bee America offers two categories of honey: varietal honey and artisanal honey. Varietal honey is primarily constituted from the nectar of a specific flower species, flowering tree or collection of flowers. Bee America carries its own Tulip Poplar Honey along with Orange Blossom, Tupelo and Creamed Thistle honeys.

Orange Blossom and Tupelo honeys are quite distinct in their tastes and smells conjuring up citrus and a buttery-lemon, respectively. Tulip Poplar is our flagship honey and while it is darker in color than Orange Blossom or Tupelo, it still has a mild taste reminiscent of caramelized light brown sugar. Creamed Thistle Honey is a specialty of the winter season, with its ivory color and delightfully whipped texture. It’s sweet in a “dreamy, melty” sort of way, which makes it perfect for smearing on warm toast, quick breads or English muffins.

Our artisanal honey line is showcased by the American Heritage Collection. This collection proudly includes three different types of honey: Liberty, Pioneer and Prairie. These honeys are historically accurate blends, which recreate the taste of honey from 18th and 19th century America. Liberty Honey is carefully crafted to recreate the taste of Colonial era honey with subtle floral hints, sweet vanilla and fresh mixed herbs. Pioneer Honey recalls the robust honey infused with warm molasses and the rich essence of roasted tree nuts that sustained American pioneers. Prairie Honey evokes the bright and tangy honey with spicy floral notes that was harvested from the Great Plains. These artisanal honeys are available individually or in beautiful gift box sets that feature exquisite etchings of bees alongside honeycombs embedded with signatures from the Declaration of Independence - evoking a historical link with America's past.

Once you select your honey gifts, don’t forget about our holiday gift-wrapping service. Let us personalize your honey gift order with beautiful holiday or special occasion wrapping and a personalized card. It’s easy to do—just select the gift-wrapping option during your order checkout.

Bee America will donate 10% of our December sales to Heifer International to give the gift of beehives to families living in developing countries. This donation includes a colony of honey bees, a beehive, and training in beekeeping techniques. Families who receive this gift hope to increase their annual income through the sale of honey, wax and pollen they obtain from their hives. Healthy and productive beehives can increase by two-fold the fruit and vegetable crop yields of small farms through pollination. Please think about also donating bees directly in someone’s honor or memory as part of your own holiday giving. Your contribution will help a family raise itself out of poverty while caring for the environment at the same time. What a sweet and sustainable gift for your loved one and the Earth!

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