Honey Child Jellies are made and sweetened 100% with pure natural honey. There is no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup in our jellies. Needless to say then, honey is the MOST important ingredient in our jellies. Where to source? Did you know that pure raw honey has not been treated with heat but left natural. This means that it still contains all it's beneficial pollen, enzymes, and antioxidants. Most of the honey sold in stores has been heated and pasteurized (sometimes even ultra-pasteurized) which destroys many of the enzymes and beneficial compounds that make raw honey so nutritious and good for you.
First order of business then is to contact the Tennessee Beekeepers Association for recommendations on honey farms in the middle Tennessee area. I finally settled on the Johnson Honey Farm in Goodlettsville, TN. Turns out this farm has been home to honey bees since 1918!
They offer three different types of honey: wildflower, clover and orange blossom. While I loved the orange blossom honey, it is harvested in Florida, and the clover honey was just too subtle for my taste when transformed into my honey jelly. Their wildflower honey is a more traditional, bolder honey flavor. When mixed with the fruits in my jelly, the warm honey flavor still shines through.
Wildflower honey it is!