CLARKESVILLE, Ga., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Virginia Webb, master beekeeper and producer of MtnHoney pure, raw, natural honey products, has been awarded top honors at the 2012 Black Jar Honey Contest sponsored by the Center for Honeybee Research in Asheville, NC. Voted "Best Tasting Honey in the USA," Webb's 2012 Sourwood Honey was selected from entries throughout the United States. Also placing were Janet Peterson of Fairview, NC and Paul Vonk of Mountain City, GA.
Selection of this year's winners was based upon blind taste tests conducted by a panel drawn from the Greater Asheville community. "We invited a wide cross-section of 'movers and shakers' to be our judges," said Carl Chesick, Executive Director for the Center for Honeybee Research and coordinator for this year's event. "Folks from all walks of life, people of note: CEOs, tradesmen, artists, farmers, chefs, city councilmen, journalists, and entrepreneurs. Of fifty invited, forty braved the rain to give an enthusiastic effort in choosing the elusive 'Best Taste'."
"We're stunned," Webb said, when asked about her first-place finish. "We weren't sure how the draught would affect this year's honey crop. It turns out, less is more! We harvested less honey, but the flavor's some of the best we've produced."
Webb and her husband, Carl know what the best honey tastes like. MtnHoney has been awarded "Best Honey in the World" twice at the World Honey Show sponsored by the World Beekeeping Congress, Apimondia. It has received numerous local, state, national and international distinctions in the past fifteen years. Most recently, Webb received the "Best in Show" and EAS Sweepstakes awards at the Eastern Apiculture Society honey show in Burlington, Vermont. "We've been so fortunate to be able to compete in these prestigious events," Webb continued. "The EAS honey show was one of the largest ever and the competition came from all over the U.S. This is a great opportunity to promote the beekeeping industry as well as the preservation of the honeybee."
Internationally-recognized as an advocate and educator, Virginia Webb is the only individual in the country to hold three master beekeeper certifications. Throughout the year, she speaks and teaches on the topics of beekeeping, agriculture, the importance of pollinators to the food chain, and queen bee rearing. She has also provided expert testimony to governmental agencies studying the impact of the honeybee on agriculture and agribusiness.
MtnHoney is produced in northeast Georgia. For more information on the 2012 Black Jar Honey Contest, go to http://www.honeybeeresearch.org/Happenings/2012BlackJarHoneyContest.aspx
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The Buzz About Honeybees
Honey is made by bees from one of the world's most efficient factories, the beehive. It starts as the nectar from flowers which is collected by bees, carried back to the hive in a special honey sack, and is stored in the honeycombs.
The bees evaporate excessive water to create the sweet liquid we know as honey. The color and flavor of a particular variety of honey may differ depending on the nectar source of flowers visited by the honeybee. In the United States, there are more than 300 unique kinds of honey. Bees will travel over 50,000 miles and visit 2 million flowers to produce one pound of honey.
More than one third of the fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States depend directly on pollination by honeybees. Without their important work, the quantity and quality of many crops would be reduced and some would not yield at all. A study completed by Cornell University estimated the economic value of honeybee pollination to the U.S. agriculture industry exceeds $15 billion dollars a year.
Virginia and Carl Webb are full time commercial beekeepers in northeast Georgia. They raise Russian honeybees exclusively and use no chemicals or antibiotics within their hives.
Virginia Webb, MtnHoney, 706-754-7062, MtnHoney@windstream.net
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