The honey bees living in the mountains make life more pleasant.
Besides being known as Paris of the South or Beer City USA, Asheville is also known as Bee City USA, as in honey bees.
In 2012, the city became one of the first in the nation to champion pollinators and educate residents and businesses about the role of the honey bee and other pollinators in making our world blossom and fruit.
149 cities across 44 states are participating in the Bee City USA initiative.
Furthermore, the University of North Carolina at Asheville received dual recognition in 2018 as Bee Campus USA and Tree Campus USA. UNC-Asheville became the nation’s eighth certified bee campus in 2016.
The sweetest part of Asheville’s love for bees extends back decades. Honey has been a significant part of Appalachian cuisine for a long time, and today it can be enjoyed in a variety of treats:
Honey experts Kim and Jillian are on hand to help customers find the perfect honey for their needs at this downtown tasting boutique and honey bar. Customers can also browse a carefully selected selection of bee-themed items, ranging from skin care and candles to cups and jewelry.
Laurey Masterton, a long-time beekeeper and bee advocate, has published The Fresh Honey Cookbook, a collection of fresh recipes. Marinated chicken skewers with honey and Meyer lemon are one of her favorite recipes, as is Appalachian candy roaster squash soup.
The 80-minute treatment Mountain Honey Wrap at the Spa at the Omni Grove Park Inn is terrific for pampering. This treatment combines local Sourwood honey, body butter, lavender oils, and a gentle exfoliant to provide a relaxing experience. A half-hour massage is also included.
It’s no surprise that local restaurants are also excited about local honey in a place called Foodtopia. Cúrate offers fried eggplant with local honey, and Tupelo Honey Cafe serves everything from chicken wings to Brussels sprouts.
Every August, Black Mountain hosts the Sourwood Festival, a celebration of local sourwood honey. Aside from the music, dancing, arts and crafts vendors, food, children’s activities, honey tastings, and bee demonstrations, 30,000 people come to enjoy the festival for its ambiance and ambiance. Vendor turnout is always significant, making this mountain event a family favorite.
Reference: Asheville, N.C. is Bee City USA
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