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Savannah Bee

Honey

Chamber of Sweetness

Beekeeping is a labor of love for Ted Dennard, who took it up after a chance encounter with Roy Hightower. Roy was looking for a spot to keep his hives, and in exchange for some space on the Dennard’s forest retreat, he introduced young Ted to the ways of honeybees. Ever since that meeting, bees have been a major part of Ted’s life. He even taught beekeeping in Jamaica when he was with the Peace Corps. Many years later Ted turned his passion into a business, and today he heads The Savannah Bee Company, which offers incredible honeycomb sections and award-winning specialty honey created from single blossom types.

To enjoy honey straight from the honeycomb is an experience you won’t forget. When you break apart a section of the honeycomb, pure golden honey begins to ooze slowly from the countless geometric cells. It’s both rustic and elegant at the same time. The honeycomb itself is made up of very thin beeswax, which is entirely edible.The sweetness of the honey and the chewiness of the wax are the perfect complement to an aromatic cheese, hot biscuits and breads, and your favorite fresh or dried fruits.

Savannah Bee also offers beautiful gift sets featuring its Tupelo Honey (the gold standard of honey, with buttery undertones and a mellow sweetness) and Sourwood Honey (a southern Appalachian favorite with big flavor and hints of maple and spice). It doesn’t get more artisanal than this.

— Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ted
    Ted

    Thanks to the Daily Grommet team for kicking off the season with Savannah Bee’s honeycomb. I started Savannah Bee Company a few years back as a natural extension of a hobby that I’ve been engaged in since I was a young boy in St. Simon’s, GA. The company is located in Savannah, Georgia. We produce artisanal honeys and natural body care products.

    My favorite thing about bees is the way they are able to put me totally in the moment. The sights and sounds associated with bees and honey are all encompassing. They produce a calming and warm feeling. Everything that they do is symbiotic. They have a beautiful poetic relationship with both the plant and human world. One of the most prized products of the hive is honeycomb. Honeycomb is 100% natural and 100% edible. Our honeycomb rounds are a delicious and unique culinary experience that are as appealing to people looking for a taste of nostalgia as they are to the finicky foodie. They are beautifully packaged and have serving suggestions on the back. A wonderful gift that anyone would welcome.

    This holiday season remember to

    Bee Joyful

    Bee Peaceful

    Bee Generous!

    - Ted

  • Haley
    Haley
    12/8/09 12:00 PM

    Happy Holidays! My name is Eleanor, one of the members of the hive here at Savannah Bee. I’m excited to bee here with you today on the Grommet and look forward to answering any questions or hearing any of your comments about this unique product. It’s all the buzz for your holiday entertaining and giving! Sorry, I couldn’t resist!

  • DJP
    DJP
    12/8/09 12:27 PM

    I've never been a huge fan of Honey. When I was asked to try Savannah Bee, it changed my mind. It tastes so good. And the presentation is special because of how the bees make the honey within the package! Another great Grommet.

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    12/8/09 12:29 PM

    This is a treat I would love. Does Daily Grommet plan to hold a giveaway for Christmas this month?

  • Haley
    Haley
    12/8/09 12:32 PM

    I can not tell you how many people I have spoken to since I joined the company who say "Oh, I don't like honey." Then they try a mouthwatering piece of our honeycomb on a slice of Granny Smith apple and a bit of blue cheese and they are converts for life!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/8/09 12:33 PM

    I loved watching how this honeycomb product is captured. Amazing. I was so intrigued by the ancient art of beekeeping that Ted mentioned that I had to search for a picture of those cave drawings he mentions. I found this one at Wikipedia. It is estimated to be 8000 years from a cave near Valencia Spain.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    12/8/09 12:35 PM

    I just fell in love with your story and how this is a delicious treat in nature's truest form. Ted, you are a bee charmer and Savannah Bee Company gives us another compelling reason to want to visit Savannah. Until then, we will enjoy and share your honey.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/8/09 12:37 PM

    My mouth is watering thinking of the ways to use this honeycomb. In the video they show a thin slice of apple, a dollop of honeycomb and then a slice of cheese. What a wonderful holiday appetizer that would make.

    I have always loved the combination of nut butter and honey. So I'd want to try a little nut butter and honey on an apple slice.



    How would you eat your honeycomb?

  • bg
    bg
    12/8/09 12:55 PM

    @Katherine, I would use my honey in homemade granola. YUM!

  • Haley
    Haley
    12/8/09 2:13 PM

    One of the super things about the package of the honeycomb we offer is that it has serving suggestions on the back. One of the prettiest presentations I think is to put the whole comb on a tray and arrange 3 cheeses (I like a creamy blue, Manchego and goat cheese) and a colorful selection of fresh and dried fruits around it.

  • Haley
    Haley
    12/8/09 2:16 PM

    Another way to enjoy honeycomb is to cut one or two thin slices and pair it with some sharp cheddar cheese and thick cut bread for an out of this world grilled cheese and honey sandwich!

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    12/8/09 2:39 PM

    @Cindy As you can see from Katherine & Wendy's comments, we're swooning over this honey too! We'll keep the great ideas cooking here - and of course let everyone know if we plan any giveaways.

  • claudia
    claudia
    12/8/09 3:03 PM

    Honey is the best thing I know for chapped lips. A little dab soothes and heals. Try it!

  • Haley
    Haley
    12/8/09 3:42 PM

    Not only is honey delicious, it also provides many health benefits. Honeycomb has even more nutrients and vitamins than poured honey. It's one of those unique products that is really good and really good for you.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/15/10 2:43 PM

    There is a very interesting article at inc.com about 'Colony Collapse Disorder' and its affect on honey production. Ted from Savannah Bee shares his experience.

    http://www.inc.com/magazine/20100601/a-honeymaker-fights-back.html

  • Laura
    Laura
    8/2/10 7:06 PM

    How about dates cream cheese and honey, lemon zestor cinnamin might be good too?

  • Katherine - Daily Grommet Team
    Katherine - Daily Grommet Team
    8/2/10 8:41 PM

    @LPfeffer - I like the way you think, yum!

  • Sabra
    Sabra
    6/26/11 11:12 PM

    I am so glad to hear that this company was featured on daily grommet.

    They have WONDERFULLY DELICIOUS honey. I have never had the good fortune of going to Savannah Bee company, but was gifted some honey by someone who did visit. I have been hooked ever since. The different varieties make trying new honey and unique experience.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/27/11 1:14 PM

    @Sabra: Thanks for sharing how much you love Savannah Bee honey!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/18/11 1:04 PM

    This is the second time that we've had the pleasure of featuring Savannah Bee's products. We will continue the conversation here so let us know what's on your mind!

  • HomebirthMidwife
    HomebirthMidwife
    11/18/11 1:34 PM

    Looks delicious, but one question I couldn't find an answer to (maybe I missed it)...is it raw? We only consume and support raw honey so wanted to be sure it was raw before I purchased some for seasonal gifts. Thank you!

  • Haley
    Haley
    11/18/11 1:51 PM

    @HomebirthMidwife: Hi there! If you want the purest honey possible, then our honeycomb is as raw as it gets. Nothing is done to that except cut it from the frame and put it in the clear box we sell. Next best is our tupelo and sourwood which we filter at about 100 degrees F. A beehive is continuously 94 degrees in the brood nest (where baby bees are raised) and in the warmer months the honey supers (where honeycombs are created) are around that same 100 degree temperature. Some honeys we quickly heat to around 135 and then cool down. Technically we could call it raw, but we don’t. Usually the honey must pass the 140 degree temperature level to officially kill all the enzymes. We do this to ensure that the honey will not crystallize for a couple of years.

  • Tom
    Tom
    11/18/11 7:10 PM

    @Haley Bowers: 1. According to the National Honey board, the instant you apply any heat at all to honey, it is no longer raw. No, technically you can't call honey raw if you've heated it to 100 degrees. You are correct that a lot of honey sold as rsw has been heated to low temeratures like that. But technically it is labeled improperly. The term industrial raw is the correct term for describing the honey you filter at 100 degrees, provided that the filters aren't too fine. What size filtration tdo you use? If it's small enough to filter out pollen, the honey is no longer even industrial raw. 2. And there is no way you can heat honey to 135 and reasonably consider it raw. 3. If you heat it enough to slow crystallization, it is no longer raw. The changes that slow crystallization, the breaking down of the pollen and enzymes, are destroying precisely what people want when they ask for raw honey. You can't have it both ways. Either you take it raw and accept faster crystallization or you process it to reduce the pollen and enzymes. That's what distinguishes it from raw honey.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    11/19/11 12:46 PM

    I was going to order the cheese lover's set and noticed they are sold out. Will you be having more soon?

    Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/19/11 1:22 PM

    @Lisa: It looks like we have sold through those and will not be getting more in. Hopefully one of the other options will work for you.

  • Carole
    Carole
    12/17/11 10:29 PM

    I'm so sorry I cannot send you wonderful honeycomb to a number of friends who, I'm sure, would love it. When will you have it in stock again? I infer that it is seasonal. HELP! Carole

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/18/11 12:10 AM

    @Carole: They will be back in stock in late spring. You may just have to send them a bee-lated gift. Sorry, couldn't help myself!

  • Kal
    Kal
    3/27/12 6:11 PM

    Hi,

    Can you please notify me when the raw honeycomb will be available ? I am so much looking forward to it.

    Thanks !

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    3/28/12 1:15 PM

    @Kal: Thank you for your interest. We'll be sure to let you know once it's available.

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