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Homegrown Hillsborough: Honey

Hillsborough County farmers produce more than 60 crops. In this regular feature we look at a local agricultural product, sold here and elsewhere.

When is Hillsborough County honey available at local groceries and farm stands?

Throughout the year

What varieties of honey are produced commercially here?

Wildflower, Orange Blossom, Brazilian Pepper, Saw Palmetto, Gallberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Mangrove, Sea Grape, and others.

Where is honey produced in Hillsborough County?

All over, especially where flowers are abundant.

How extensive is Hillsborough County's honey crop?

Sales have grown from an estimated $225,090 in 2012 to $342,000 in 2017, the most recent year for which sales figures are available.

How many pounds of honey are harvested annually?

108,709 lbs. in 2017

Fun facts:

Florida is one of the top five honey-producing states in the nation. In creating the sweet commodity, honey bees simultaneously pollinate more than 100 agricultural crops.

Local insight:

Raw honey, produced locally, is the most desirable. That's because it contains lots of beneficial enzymes, nutrients, and pollens. Many people believe raw honey, culled from the nectar of flowers, eases the effects of allergies caused by pollen from those flowers.

Recipe: Honey Orange Glazed Florida Grouper

Information about keeping bees in Florida

Other Hillsborough County agricultural products

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