November 15, 2003

You Can Take All the Tea in China...

The 160 page Williams and Sonoma Christmas Catalog has arrived. Already I have learned that "Tupelo honey" has nothing to do with Tupelo Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis. And that has implications for the meaning of the Van Morrison song, "Tupelo Honey"...

Tupelo honey comes from bees that feed on the tupelo gum tree of northwest Florida (and southern Georgia). And Williams and Sonoma would like to charge $17.50 a pound for it.

But considering that they also want to charge $43 a pound for Point Reyes cheeses...

Posted by DeLong at November 15, 2003 09:02 PM | TrackBack

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So what's your best and worst foodie moment in Berkeley or the Bay Area? My best: wedding reception at Chez Panisse in 1992. Five courses: heirloom tomato basil tart; lobster and green beans with champagne butter sause; salmon with golden caviar; roast rack of lamb; wedding cake; Navarro Pinot Noir; Scharffenberger sparkling wine; (I forget the white wine). We were married in the Berkeley Rose Garden ($50 rental) and the reception cost $5,000. My wife and I paid for it (except the the wine, her brother forked over for that $2,000). I still have not met any yuppie types who have spent less than $8,000 for a wedding who had a better meal than we did. We go back every year for our anniversary. Worst experience: Greens Restaurant (is it still open at Fort Mason) -- the vegetarian place, listening to a couple next to us argue for thirty minutes about what wine goes best with squash, then twenty-five minutes about what wine went best with carrots.

Posted by: Cal on November 15, 2003 09:36 PM

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Hey Brad, I pay $16.39 for a four pound jar of Tupelo honey at Ansley's health food store in Tampa. Check out your local health food store for decent prices on honey.

Posted by: W. Kiernan on November 16, 2003 01:07 PM

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I know that this is supposed to be a relaxing, non-political thread, but at one time part of Bin Laden's operation was control of the Middle Eastern honey market. (Honey has religious significance for Muslims).

At one time there was a competing Israeli honey operation, but those links all seem to have gone dead.

More at my URL (including a little-known fact about Rudolph).

Posted by: Zizka on November 16, 2003 03:14 PM

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Tupelo grows throughout the southeast, including Mississippi. It is an excellent wood for carving; if you are using power tools, it is superior to basswood.

Posted by: Jeremy Osner on November 17, 2003 07:05 AM

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Considering that I have at my home honey from alfalfa, sage, orange blossom, and buckwheat, I wouldn't mind trying tupelo. Anyone have a description of its taste?

Posted by: mndean on November 17, 2003 09:16 AM

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Considering that I have at my home honey from alfalfa, sage, orange blossom, and buckwheat, I wouldn't mind trying tupelo. Anyone have a description of its taste?

Posted by: mndean on November 17, 2003 09:19 AM

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