Tupelo Honey Florida 2021 Released: Production
Low - Extraordinary Quality
Apalachicola Sponge Company, the source for Florida's
unique raw Tupelo honey, releases the 2021 harvest.
The company, located in historic Apalachicola, Florida,
sells Tupelo honey, Florida natural sea sponges from
Tarpon Springs , and hand-made luxury goat's milk soaps.
Owner Jerry Garlick says of the 2021 harvest, “This
year's Tupelo honey is some of the best in years, in
the upper 90% realm.”
Tupelo tree blossoms need bees for
pollination, and in recent years, the bee
population suffered because of low water
levels. Years of low river flow result in lower
quality and less supply of honey.
When there's plenty of rain, and the river
flows freely, both oysters and bees
thrive. The 2021 weather conditions
were near perfect, and the river’s water
level was high.
Because the bees flourished, they created excellent quality honey,
with delicate floral character and some buttery notes.
The amber color has the
'greenish' tinge indicative of high-
quality Tupelo honey.
Consumers can buy Tupelo honey in
the store located at 14 Avenue D St,
Apalachicola, FL 32320.
Early on there was some concern due to high winds, but
flowering went well, and the timing for the bees was good.
Also available is the 2021 Holly
honey that Garlick says is "The
best Holly honey I've seen.
Supply is slightly lower than last year,
but, Garlick maintained his retail
pricing due to long-standing
relationships with his suppliers.