Where’s your honey from?
Only The Pure Survive
Eighty percent of American grocery store honey is imported from India and Vietnam—too often conduits for smuggled Chinese honey. Their honey is frequently adulterated by corn syrup, illegal antibiotics or heavy metals. That’s why the entire EU and other nations have banned it. Sadly, the FDA lets Americans ingest 300 million pounds of tainted Asian honey every year.
Avoiding imports won’t protect you.American beekeepers can face similar noxious contaminants. Their bees pollinate crops and orchards that have been treated with harmful herbicides, fungicides, bactericides and pesticides, then bring these chemicals back to the hive. Pesticides known as neonicotinoids (neonics) can remain in the soil for months or years. Even backyard beekeepers face invaders: pesticide drift from aerial application of agricultural chemicals, or from urban insect abatement sprays.
Our Artisanal Honey
A sommelier would describe honey similarly to the terroir of a wine—an expression of place, time and weather. Like wine, honey production is season-driven. But unlike wine, whose appellation can be regional, our honey is the concentrated nectar of indigenous flora within a three-mile radius of the hive. Thus, Killer Bees Honey harvested from our three-mile micro-region in the Pisgah Forest in late June is uniquely different than honey harvested twenty miles away in The Highlands.
Our artisanal honey is nothing like the heat-treated, ultra filtered, bland store off-the-shelf honey. Tasting Killer Bees Honey the first time is akin to eating farm fresh eggs or garden grown tomatoes. But unlike tomatoes, which are perishable, honey stores indefinitely. Honey as pure, natural and uncensored as it was meant to bee. From the Appalachian Mountains, to our hives, to your table. Let any of our three Killer Bees Honey sweeten your life!
We know where our Killer Bees have been.
We live in Western North Carolina, surrounded by 512,000 farm-free acres of the Pisgah National Forest. The attached satellite photo shows our apiary. Honeybees fly up to three miles from their hive for nectar, the raw material for honey. Our Lady Aviators hunt for nectar in wilderness untouched by neonics or other toxins. (Note to budding entomologists: all worker bees in nature—and on this site—are female.) 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.” My favorite? “Made by free ranging bees.” Seriously? What does that even mean? The bottom line is, where is the nectar from? Killer Bees Honey authenticates and sources our honey.
As certified North Carolina beekeepers, we abide by the NCSBA’s Certified Honey Producer Program and its rigorous standards. We belong to True Source Honey, which conducts independent, third party audits of honey producers. And to satisfy the most skeptical customer, every honey harvest has its pollen traced by Vaughn M. Bryant, PhD; Director of the Palynology Laboratory, Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. Pollen tracing is a quantifiable method used to betray the bee’s floral source. Each years harvest corresponds to Dr. Bryant’s analysis for that particular batch, which is posted here. 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.