October 6, 2014—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Turkey could be called the center of the honey universe. Though not the largest honey-producing nation on the planet, they do come in second. What they have that other honey-producing countries do not is a staggering genetic diversity in their bee population, which in turn produces a staggering amount of honey, year after year (most recent figures amount to about 110,000 metric tons of honey annually).
With honey demand high and honey production relatively flat in the United States, we looked to Turkey for some honey love. And we found it. Trader Joe's Turkish Honey is derived from the nectar of flowers and trees unique to the Mediterranean ecosystem that sets Turkey apart—spanning Europe and Asia, the country's topography and climate are incredibly varied, with more than 3,000 native plant species represented. This makes for some interesting honey. It's sweet—as honey tends to be—with rich, complex flavors not found in other honeys we've tasted.
Best of all, due to its ample availability, Trader Joe's Turkish Honey is a tremendous value at $5.99 for a 24 ounce jar. You'll find it in our grocery aisle.