Sourwood honey comes from the Sourwood tree (Oxydendrum Arboreum), also called the Lily of the Valley tree or the Appalachian Lily tree, which can grow 40 to 60 feet tall with a diameter of one foot. The leaves are oblong, pointed at the apex and have a sour taste. It produces white, bell-shaped flowers that hang in clusters 5-6 inches long at the end of the branches. Sourwood is most abundant in the mountains of North Georgia and Western North Carolina and blooms in late June through the month of July. It's taste is floral and light, with hints of baking spices and anise. The honey’s color ranges from pure white to light amber with a slightly gray or brown tint and its texture is defined by a smooth, caramel buttery quality.
A 1 lb jar of Sourwood contains 1 lb of honey and comes in a glass jar with a screw-top, metal lid.