Nectar Of The Gods: TruBee Honey

Speaking of honey (that’s if you just read this post on Vanishing Of The Bees), you may be in the market for a wonderful new brand.

If you are a honey lover like I am, TruBee is one you’ll want to get your hands on.  TruBee is organic, free-range, unpasteurized honey from Nashville with a really cool story behind it.  If you live near the shop then head on over, we’ve got plenty!

 

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Allow me to let TruBee speak for itself as they tell their story with such charm:

 

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“Jeff and Laura will never forget the first taste of honey from their own hive.  It was June, about seven years ago, and they lived on the coast of North Carolina. A seasoned beekeeper they met, Mr. Smith, had shown them the ins and outs of keeping bees, and he was there for the first taste.  He dipped his dirty, calloused finger in the comb and brought it to his mouth, then smacked his lips a little.

“Ain’t nothin’ but hedge honey,” he said.

Not sure whether to be offended or not, Jeff and Laura tasted it too.  It was good.  They felt lucky.

Turns out, what Mr. Smith meant was that the honey wasn’t a fancy single-source honey, such as the popular orange blossom, tupelo or sourwood honeys.  It was honey made by bees that had been foraging through suburbia and feasting on things like hollies and red tips, which both produce copious amounts of nectar. Add to that the nectar from a neighbor’s herb gardens, some swamp magnolia and spring maple, and it was delicious.

After selling their honey at farmers markets for several years, in North Carolina and Tennessee, Jeff and Laura like to think the “hedge honey” was the inspiration for what they do now.  TruBee honeys capture the essence of a particular region and season. Instead of confining their bees to a single-source diet, which isn’t healthy for the hives, their “free-range” bees are put in places where they can forage tulip poplar, fruit blossoms and black locust in the spring, then feast on wildflowers, herbs and clover in the summer.

Each jar of TruBee honey captures the taste of nature in a particular place and time. Given the changes in rainfall, sunshine and, of course, bloom time, the unique taste of each particular harvest may never be repeated again.  It’s a little bit like hedge honey, but the bees (as well as Jeff and Laura) are more countrified now. Most important, TruBee honey is all-American, pure and unique.  It’s harvested by beekeepers with a commitment to integrity and an understanding of the importance of the beekpeeing trade.

The honey is raw, unpasteurized and just like the bees made it. In fact, since they fly up to three miles from their hives, it might have a little bit of “hedge” in it.

But only if you’re lucky.”

 

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Louise, at Artisan Cheese Company, found this exquisite brand ages ago and has been telling Jeff and Laura’s incredible story to all who will listen.  Well, I listened.  And I liked what I heard.  Cool people making top quality stuff in a way that helps the environment and supports the community ?  Umm yeah, I was an easy sell.  Now that I work there I find myself parroting the story Louise once so artfully shared with me.  And, wouldn’t you know it, we now have a legion of loyal TruBee-ers.  And it’s not just the story that’s selling.  One taste of this honey and you’ll, too, be a convert.  The flavor is round and rich and luxurious.  The flavors from all the different flowers the bee was allowed to munch on really come through in a way that is both balanced and lush.
Lately, my fave has been the ‘Snow’ variety that comes out in Winter. It is a whipped honey, meaning it’s more dense and more of a spreadable honey than one that drizzles. It’s flavor comes across as a little more creamy than its non-whipped counterparts. I love to smear this on warmed baguette or crackers and then smoosh soft, gooey cheeses on top. Or I like to just spoon it straight into my mouth and marvel at how unbelievably delicious honey is when nature is allowed to take its course and produce nectar straight from the Gods. Well, from the Gods and into the flower pollen and then into the bee’s funny little face tubes and then into their hives….you get where I’m going with this.

 

 

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TruBee also produces some terrific beeswax rub and lip balms. The balm is minty and refreshing and the rub is magical. You can rub it on just about anything that could use a little moisture. Elbows, feet and cuticles, surely, but I also treat dried leather bags and my dashboard with it. It also works great on bug bites and small cuts and scrapes.

 

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Have you tried TruBee??  We have a bunch at the cheese shop, as well as the rub and lip balm and we are happy to sample!  Not the lip balm, weirdos.  This isn’t Sephora.  This is a well respected establishment, for God’s sake.

 

 

 

 

Some images courtesy of:
trubeehoney.com
artisancheesecompany.com