Serenoa repens, commonly known as Saw Palmetto, is thesolespecies currently classified in the genusSerenoa. The Saw palmetto is a fan palm, endemic to southeastern United States. Armed with fine, sharp teeth that give the species its common name, it produces fruit once a year. A Saw Palmetto typically needs up to 100 hundred years of growth before bees can start making honey from it.
Bees pollinate the fragrant white blooms growing on stalked clusters that bloom from early spring through early summer, yielding olive size bluish-black fruit that ripens in early fall. These fruits are coveted in the south for their extract that is commonly used for herbal support against prostate enlargement.
There are at times, a very small amount of this honey available and many beekeepers consider this honey rare. Saw Palmetto remains one of the oldest known honeys and crystallizes slow when compared to other honeys.
Saw Palmetto honey is rich, citrusy and smoky, with woody overtones.