Our Honey

Real NC Honey

Artisanal Honey

Our Artisanal honey is nothing like the heat-treated, ultra-filtered, bland, off-the-shelf store honey.  Tasting Killer Bees Honey the first time is akin to eating a farm fresh egg or garden-grown tomato - your taste buds come alive with a host of flavors you didn’t know were possible.

Honey production, like wine, is season-driven and an expression of place, time, and weather. But unlike wine, honey is not simply a result of geography. It's a result of the concentrated nectar of the indigenous flora within a three-mile radius of the hive. Thus, Killer Bees Honey harvested from these micro-regions in the mountains is uniquely different than honey harvested anywhere else.

Our Commitment to Quality and Transparency

Our apiaries are located in Western North Carolina, isolated by 512,000 farm-free acres of the Pisgah National Forest. Our bees fly several miles from their hives for nectar, the raw material of honey. Because we are surrounded by the forest, our honey is untouched by glyphosate, neonics or other harmful toxins.  

We know that trust, credibility and reputation matter. Be wary of companies that say their honey is “raw”, “non-GMO”, “organic”, "sustainable”, “gluten-free”, or “cholesterol-free” - all claims without available certifications for honey in the United States. The bottom line for honey is, from where is the nectar? What is the floral source? How is the honey extracted and packaged?

  • As certified North Carolina beekeepers we abide by the NCSBA’s Certified Honey Producer Program and its rigorous standards.
  • We belong to the Good Food Merchants Guild which conducts independent reviews and requires strict adherence to quality and natural production.
  • We are a certified Appalachian Grown apiary signifying food or ag products grown in Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachian Mountains. 

We Know Where our Killer Bees Honey Bees Have Been

We are the only bee keepers in the United States who sends their honey to be analyzed for purity of content by Intertek in Germany, QSI Labs in California and Sweetwater Science Labs in Missouri, then publishes the reports online. Our honey tested 100% pure from all pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, antibiotics and herbicides including glyphosate (Round Up).

  • 2023 Glyphosate Analysis < LOQ (0.01ppm) - Full Report
  • 2023 Honey Profile (NMR-S Analysis of KBH Wildflower - Full Report
  • 2022 Honey Profile (NMR-S Analysis) of KBH S. M. Wildflower - Full Report
  • 2022 Toxin Analysis of KBH Smokey Mountain Wildflower - Full Report
  • 2022 Honey Profile (NMR-S Analysis) of KBH Sweet. S. Blend - Full Report
  • 2022 Toxin Analysis of KBH Sweet Summer Blend - Full Report
  • 2022 Honey Profile (NMR-S Analysis of KBH Sourwood Blonde - Full Report
  • 2022 Toxin Analysis of KBH Sourwood Blonde - Full Report
  • 2021 Glyphosate Analysis < LOQ (0.01ppm) - Full Report
  • 2021 Honey Profile (NMR-S Analysis) of KBH Apiaries - Full Report
  • 2021 Letter From James Gawenis, Phd. Re our "Off Model" Honey Profile.
  • 2020 Honey Profile (NMR-S Analysis) of KBH Apiaries - Full Report
  • 2020 Toxin Analysis of KBH Apiaries Wildflower Honey - Full Report
  • 2019 Honey Profile (NMR-S Analysis) of KBH Home Apiary - Full Report
  • 2019 Honey Profile (NMR-S Analysis) of Skyterra Honey - Full Report
  • 2019 Honey Profile (NMR-S Analysis) of Panthertown Honey - Full Report
  • 2019 Toxin Analysis of Skyterra & Panthertown Honey - Full Reports

Every Killer Bees Honey harvest was analyzed for its pollen content. Pollen tracing is a proxy used to detect the bee’s floral source. We posted pollen analysis for each batch of honey. However, pollen reports do not reflect the True Nectar Value (TNV) of honey. Unfortunately, Dr Vaugn Bryant of Texas A&M who performed our analysis, passed away from cancer. Thus, we no longer provide these reports for our current honey batches. 

At Killer Bees Honey you always know where your honey is from. Frankly, our bees wouldn’t have it any other way. They’re heavily armed for a reason.


Killer Bees artisanal honey straight from the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina Our Appalachian hives humming with the activity of hard-working honey bees All natural honey certified naturally grown Beekeeper Sean Collinsworth works the hives at the Killer Bees Honey apiaries Our bees produce toxin-free honey from the farm-free Pisgah National Forest