In our never-ending quest to find exotic honeys from afar, we take you to the Sunshine State of the eastern seaboard, Florida, where Saw Palmetto (serenoa repens), a low-growing palm plant, is endemic, and its honey plentiful. The berries are used in "natural cures" and thus we have farmers cultivating the plant for its fruit. Honey, of course, is a byproduct of fruit farming, pollination being a prerequisite to fruiting. Saw palmetto honey is amber in color with a tropical musky aroma.
This latest rendition of the varietal smells of one of my favorite aromas — a fresh apple just plucked from the tree! How timely, with apple harvest now in full swing here. This mead is pleasantly lower in acidity than most of our meads, allowing for a more intimate mouthfeel. I would pair this with a ripe soft cheese such as those you might find at Tomales Farmstead Creamery.
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