Brazilian Pepper Tree

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Around the 1850's, The Brazilian Pepper was introduced into the southern states from South America as an attractive ornamental shrub with aromatic leaves.

The tree has adapted so well that it has since become an invasive species, taking over large areas of natural habitat from Florida’s own native species. It is a plant difficult to eradicate since cutting down the tree simply results in many new trees sprouting from the roots.

Brazilian Pepper Honey

Delicate flavor with a slight spice to it.

The special soil and weather conditions found in the Keys results in the nectar from the Brazilian pepper having a slightly different and better taste than the nectar from Brazilian Pepper in most other areas of Florida! This also has something to do with the fact that our bees add nectar from the Spanish Needle flowers, abundant throughout late summer and autumn too. Some say it is somewhat similar to the taste of orange blossom honey!

We estimate the content of Brazilian Pepper nectar to be about 70% of the total honey content. The resulting honey is neither spicy nor hot to the taste as the name “Pepper” might suggest. In fact the Brazilian Pepper is a member of the Cashew family of plants famous for the nuts they produce.

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