Acacia or Black Locust
|Botanical Name||Robinia pseudoacacia|
|Origin of Harvest||native to the United States. Cultivated in other Europe (Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, France and Italy), Oceania and Asia|
|Color||Light gold to almost white but sometimes darker|
|Texture||Smooth and runny|
|Taste/Flavor||Delicately sweet with soft ﬂoral notes|
Acacia, a light and clear honey made from nectar collected from the blossoms of Robinia pseudoacacia, also known as Black Locust in North America and Europe. It is one of the most popular and sweetest honey varieties because of its mild delicate floral taste. It can remain in a liquid state for a long period of time due to its high concentration of fructose. This honey is excellent for sweetening without altering the taste or the aroma of beverages.
Alfalfa or Lucerne
|Botanical Name||Medicago sativa|
|Origin of Harvest||produced throughout Canada, United States (Colorado, Idaho, Nevada), Argentina, Russia, Italy, and China|
|Color||Light yellow to light amber|
|Taste/Flavor||Mild to less sweet than other honeys, with distinctive but soft spice notes|
Alfalfa honey is produced extensively throughout Canada and the United States from the purple or blue blossoms on summer alfalfa. Its grown profusely from the Midwest to the far West and parts of the Northeast United States, where it‘s an important crop for feeding livestock. Alfalfa is a perennial flowering plant that resembles clover with clusters of small purple flowers followed by fruits. Clover honey is white or extra light amber in color with a mild flavor and aroma similar to beeswax.
Avocado – Persea americana
|Botanical Name||Persea americana|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: Mexico, Central America. Widely grown in the Western United States (California) and Israel|
|Texture||Smooth, rich, and very thick|
|Taste/Flavor||Robust with deep caramel ﬂavor and molasses-like ﬂavor notes|
California avocado blossoms, avocado is an important food and bee forage shrub. It yields significant honey crops and average-quality pollen. The honey is distinctly dark, heavy-bodied and slow to crystallize. It is described as very dark amber with a mellow spicy, aroma, a rich flavor with a hint of molasses, and buttery. This honey originated in Southern Mexico and is now a common crop in Central America, Australia and other tropical regions.
82-621-A, American Linden
|Botanical Name||Tilia spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Ukraine, Russia, China, Hungary, Poland and the United Kingdom|
|Color||Pale yellow to golden|
|Taste/Flavor||Green apple spice, distinctive with somewhat woodsy, tangy, hay and herbal notes|
Produced from the fragrant cream-colored Basswood blossoms found throughout North America, Basswood honey is one of the few exceptional honey varieties that has a light color and yet strong biting flavor and a distinctive lingering flavor. Its honey has a fresh taste similar to that of green, ripening fruit and can be identified by its water white color, warm herbal notes and clean finish.
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Blackberry or Bramble
|Botanical Name||Rubus spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: Europe. Grown in the United States (California, Washington and Oregon)|
|Color||Light to dark amber|
|Texture||Thick and prone to crystallization|
|Taste/Flavor||Mild but rich and sweet with delightful notes of blackberry in both taste and aroma|
Honey bees provide the pollination necessary for the blackberry industry in California and the northwestern states of Washington and Oregon. Blackberry honey is made from all rubus species. Sometimes we find it as bramble honey and this tells us that it is made from wild rubus spp. This honey is the one of the few fruit blossom honeys that have the aroma and flavor of the fruit. There is no difference between blackberry honey and bramble honey. The latter one is creamy, delicate and slightly acidulous on the finish.
Carpenter bees to eat blueberry flower
Little Honeybee feeds on Blueberry Blooms.
Bumblebee hanging from a Blueberry Bloom.
|Botanical Name||Vaccinium spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin North America. Widely grown in the eastern United States and Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South America|
|Color||Light to medium amber|
|Texture||Moderately thick, soft, and buttery|
|Taste/Flavor||Toasty, butterscotch notes, herbal ﬁnish, reminiscent of lavender|
More than 20 species of low blueberry shrubs with bell-shaped white or pinkish flowers are often found in the eastern U.S. and Canada. Blueberry honey is taken from the nectar and pollen from the small white tubular blueberry flowers. Blueberry honey has an aroma reminiscent of green leaves with a touch of lemon. Moderately fruity in flavor with a delicate, slightly buttery finish with a slight tang, and a blueberry aftertaste. It is light to medium amber in color.
bees on buckwheat
|Botanical Name||Fagopyrum esculentum|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: Siberia, Central Asia. Widely grown in the United States, France, Canada, Japan, and the Netherlands|
|Color||Dark amber to brown but varies by region|
|Texture||Thick and rich|
|Taste/Flavor||Malty, robust molasses, spicy, assertive, memorable|
Buckwheat honey is produced in Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as well as in eastern Canada. Buckwheat is not a grain but a fruit seed (also known as kasha) related to rhubarb and sorrel. Honey bees are drawn to the irresistible fragrance of the profuse white ﬂower clusters of the buckwheat plants. Its nectar produces a dark flavorful honey with marked molasses and malt flavors, and a lingering aftertaste, however the color and flavor of the honey may vary by region.
|Botanical Name||Castanea sativa|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: Western Asia. Widely grown over Europe (Spain, Italy)|
|Color||reddish-brown amber to dark amber/black|
|Texture||Thick and viscous|
|Taste/Flavor||Strong, nutty, spicy, a bitter aftertaste|
Made from the nectar of chestnut tree flowers, chestnut or Castagno (Italian for “Chestnut) honey is one of the most popular honey varieties in Europe, particularly in Italy and Spain. Italian and Spanish chestnut honey is readily available in specialty food shops throughout the United States. Honey color is from a light amber to almost black, depending on the amount of honeydew it contains. The honey has a strong aromatic flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Due to its high fructose content, it crystallizes very slowly.
Clover, White or Dutch
|Botanical Name||Trifolium repens|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: Mediterranean, now widely naturalized in Canada, United States, Sweden and New Zealand|
|Color||Light golden to amber|
|Texture||Mildly thick; tends to crystallize|
|Taste/Flavor||Sweet, delicate ﬂoral aroma and taste, with a lasting sweetness on the palate|
Clover honey is one of the most widely available and popular honey varieties. Of more than two hundred species of clover, fewer than ten contribute to honey production. Much of the clover honey on the market is polyﬂoral, meaning it isn’t purely from clover blossoms. Clover honey is light colored, tending toward light amber depending on where it is harvested. Its aroma is delicate, sweet and flowery with hints of freshly cut grass or hay, suggestive of spicy cinnamon and plums. Its taste is clean, mild and very sweet and lingers in the mouth. The honey crystallizes quickly into a fine-grained solid white mass. For this reason, it is often creamed.
|Botanical Name||Gossypium spp|
|Origin of Harvest||Mainly produced in the Americas, Africa, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Southern Asia|
|Color||Light in color|
|Texture||Soft, buttery, and thick, tends to crystallize quickly|
|Taste/Flavor||Distinctive ﬂoral notes with a pleasant tang|
Cotton is in the mallow family and is related to hollyhocks, hibiscus, and okra, is one of the leading honey plants in the southern United States, and is produced in many countries of the world including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and other South Asian countries. Cotton nectar is protected from the parching sun by large flowers and leaves. The honey is white to extra light amber with a low acidity, and a good, mild floral flavor.
|Botanical Name||Vaccinium oxycoccos (Europe), Vaccinium macrocarpon (Americas)|
|Origin of Harvest||Central and northern Europe, northern United States, Canada and Chile|
|Color||Medium amber with a pale red cast when a jar of honey is held up to light|
|Taste/Flavor||Luscious, rich, and complex with a distinctive cranberry taste without the tartness|
Cranberry shrubs are an important cultivated crop in the northeast. They also grow wild in some areas. Cranberry honey is available in limited quantities because individual cranberry bogs bloom no more than two weeks annually. The honey is medium amber in color with a light red tint and a strong berry flavor. While cranberries are known for their tartness, its honey is delightfully sweet and pairs well with apples, pork, poultry and dark chocolate.
bee collecting pollen on a yellow dandelion
|Botanical Name||Taraxacum officinale|
|Origin of Harvest||Grows in: temperate regions of Europe, Asia (China), North America, and New Zealand|
|Texture||Runny with a tendency to crystallize over time|
|Taste/Flavor||strong honey blended with mild tangy floral notes|
Dandelion honey is a relatively strong honey blended with mild tangy notes. This dark amber honey delivers a distinct floral aroma of dandelions which are is traditionally prized as a medicinal herb in China, Tibet and India. Dandelion honey solidifies very rapidly and often forms very small crystals. The color is deep yellow or creamy beige if willow honey is also present. The fragrance is very intense, almost of ammonia. The flavor resembles the fragrance but is more delicate.
Bees are collecting eucalyptus nectar (honey).
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|Botanical Name||Eucalyptus spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: Western Australia. Grown proliﬁcally in California and in Australia, Western Cape, South Africa, and Brazil|
|Color||Light amber to medium-dark red|
|Texture||Thick and rich|
|Taste/Flavor||Mildly sweet, fruity aftertaste; some varieties have a slight menthol flavor with complex herbal notes that linger on the palate|
Eucalyptus honey comes from one of the larger plant genera, containing over 500 distinct species and many hybrids. Widely available, it varies greatly in color and flavor but tends to have a special herbal flavor carrying a hint of menthol that may not be most pleasing to everyone.
Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) is a Eucalyptus honey species, that naturally grows in South Australia and Tasmania and is also one of the most widely planted commercial eucalypt species. It honey is amber in color and dense in texture.
Red Cap Gum (Eucalyptus erythrocorys Illyarie, illyaria) produces one of the darker premium varieties of honey. Having a relatively higher level of antioxidants, red gum honey has a thick constituency, a bold taste (like buckwheat honey).
Red Iron bark (Eucalyptus tricarpa) is a highly favored, premium Eucalyptus floral variety which blossoms through most of the year in eastern Australia. The honey from E. tricarpa is described as light amber or lighter, mild to taste, aromatic with a heavy body, and slow to crystallize to a very fine texture.
Yellow Box Gum is yet another eucalyptus bush variety (Eucalyptus melliodora) native to Australia. Its smooth texture, heavy-bodied yet mild Eucalyptus taste makes it one of the most highly regarded honey in the country.
Tea from fireweed in glass cup on board
|Botanical Name||Epilobium angustibolium|
|Origin of Harvest||Northwestern United States and Western Canada|
|Taste/Flavor||Delicate, mild fruit, grassy, sweet, and buttery|
Fireweed is a tall perennial herb with large clusters of bright red-purple flowers that grows throughout western Canada and the Northwest United States (including Alaska), where it blooms from July through September. It is the only major source of honey that grows so far north, and It is the first plant which grows after a land is burnt. Fireweed honey is delicate with subtle tea-like notes and a smooth finish. Light amber in color and very mild, its sweet, almost fruity flavor.
honey bee on goldenrod
|Botanical Name||Solidago spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Native to Canada, the United States and Europe|
|Color||Golden, like the color of the ﬂower|
|Texture||Thick, viscous, crystallizes quickly|
|Taste/Flavor||Sweet and spicy, with a bit of a bite at the ﬁnish|
This well-known, field-oriented plant features great compound clusters of yellow flowers, and can be found throughout North America. There are numerous goldenrods flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae from the thuggish Solidago canadensis to the more delicate Solidago virgaurea. Goldenrod covers high prairie, pasture land and even open woods. It is the source for large quantities of amber honey with a slightly strong, almost spicy flavor that is not overly sweet. Mead makers love to use it in brewing batches of mead.
|Botanical Name||Calluna vulgaris|
|Origin of Harvest||Europe, Mainly from moorland in the United Kingdom|
|Color||brown-reddish amber to dark amber|
|Texture||Very thick, gel-like|
|Taste/Flavor||Assertive ﬂoral, woody, herbal, tangy, slightly bitter, smoky|
Heather honey, from the blossoms of Ling Heather, is rare. It is from true heather found on the moors of Scotland, England, and Ireland, and to a lesser degree in Germany. Heather honey (also called summer or autumn heather) is unique. Because of its gel-like consistency, the bees are unable to evaporate its moisture. Too thick for spin extraction, the honey must be pressed from the combs. It’s a popular honey to buy by the comb. Heather honey has one of the strongest and most pungent flavors. It is fragrant and floral with a very lingering aftertaste that is almost bitter.
Bee & Lavender
wasp Insect pollinating perched on tree top purple flower
Bumblebee on lavender
|Botanical Name||Lavandula spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: Asia, widespread in temperate Europe, Asia and N. America|
|Color||Light white to extra light amber|
|Texture||Smooth with moderate crystallization|
|Taste/Flavor||medium warm, refreshing|
Of over 39 species of Lavender, the most popular species for commercial crops are True Lavender, Spike Lavender and Lavandin, a hybrid of these two. These are the sources of most Lavender honeys. The characteristics of the honey vary depending on the relative concentrations of each of the species, mainly evidenced by differences in aroma and camphor notes. Lavender honey is a premium honey. Flowery, pleasant, well balanced and rounded, very fine honey aroma and the delicate floral scent with an evident Lavender component. It has a very persistent medium sweet taste that grows with the finish.
|Botanical Name||Eucryphia lucida|
|Origin of Harvest||Native to Tasmania|
|Color||Light to dark amber|
|Texture||Smooth, thick, viscous, creamy; tends to crystallize|
|Taste/Flavor||Musky and spicy, robust with a complex lingering taste; mildly sweet|
Leatherwood honey is, as its name suggests, the honey that bees produce from the nectar of the Leatherwood (Eucryphia lucida) plants’ flower. The Leatherwood plant is endemic to Tasmania, an island off the Southeast coast of Australia, and is found in the wetter forest regions throughout the Western portion of the state. Leatherwood is the single most important nectar plant in Tasmania accounting for about 70% of all honey produced. Leatherwood trees have large white blossoms that yield copious amounts of nectar that produces a unique taste that has a strong floral and distinctive spicy flavor.
|Botanical Name||Macadamia integrifolia var.|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin; New South Wales, Queensland. Now grown in the United States (Hawaii)|
|Texture||Soft and very thick|
|Taste/Flavor||Bold, rich taste; caramel and butterscotch notes with a tangy tropical fruit ﬁnish|
Sourced from the floral nectar of the Macadamia Nut tree, Macadamia Honey first originated in Australia and today is also supplied from the United States (Hawaii). Macadamia tree flowers are creamish-white in color with pendulous racemes that grow to 30 cm. This medium amber colored honey variety possesses a distinctive, complex aroma and a delicate nutty flavor. Honey is produced as a unifloral from hives used to pollinate the macadamia nut crop. It can produce up to a super every 3 weeks or potentially 2 supers during pollination.
|Botanical Name||Prosopis spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Southwestern United States (Arizona), Mexico, and Chile|
|Color||Dark amber or brown|
|Texture||Viscous like molasses; crystallizes|
|Taste/Flavor||Haunting smoky aroma (like the wood) and taste|
In the southwestern United States and Mexico, the flowers of mesquites (Prosopis glanulosa and Prosopis pubescens) are excellent sources of honey. In Arizona, mesquites are rated by beekeepers as the most valuable plant for honey production. The mesquite tree is prized for its sweet, smoky smelling wood, primarily used in barbecues and meat smokers. It produces numerous golden-colored blooms during spring and summer. The honey’s color can vary from amber to water white. Considered earthy and aromatic with a dominating flavor.
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|Botanical Name||Citrus spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: Spain and Mexico. Grown in Europe (United Kingdom, Spain, and France), temperate and subtropical, North and South America|
|Color||Light amber to dark amber|
|Taste/Flavor||sweet with mild floral, fruity-hints of citrus-orange and orange blossom|
Orange blossom honey, often a combination of citrus sources, is usually light in color and mild in flavor with a fresh fruity scent, and a fragrant citrus taste. Orange blossom honey originated from Spain/Mexico but is produced in many countries, and is a leading honey plant in southern Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. Orange trees bloom in March and April and produce a white to extra light amber honey with a pronounced aroma of orange blossoms. It has a sweet, fruity taste with a flowery perfume aftertaste.
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|Botanical Name||Serenoa spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Native to deep southern United States (North Carolina south to Florida), Cuba, Turks & Caicos Islands, and The Bahamas|
|Color||Mild and light amber|
|Texture||Very thin and does not thickens even in winter|
|Taste/Flavor||subtle smokey notes, very pleasant, sweet and robust|
Palmetto is also known as cabbage palmetto, blue palmetto, Carolina palmetto, common palmetto, swamp cabbage and sabal palmetto. Distributed from North Carolina south to Florida, palmetto is especially abundant along the Atlantic Coast. Trees up to 60 feet tall produce whitish flowers in great compound clusters. Its honey is light amber to amber in color with a thinner body than most honeys. Palmetto honey’s taste is full-bodied and herbal in flavor with woody overtones.
|Botanical Name||Pinus spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Produced in central and Southern Europe (Greece), New Zealand, Australia, and United States (Northern California)|
|Color||brownish amber-dark amber|
|Texture||thick without crystallization|
|Taste/Flavor||malty, resinous, less sweet than other honeys|
Pine Tree honey (sometimes also known as forest honey, fir honey, honeydew or tea tree honey) consists of the majority of the total honey production in Greece. Pine honey is a unique product made from honeydew, sweet juices excreted by sap-sucking insects, usually aphids and scale insects that the bees collect as they would nectar. Pine honey sometimes is called honeydew honey, is produced throughout Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and, in a limited quantity, in Northern California. It is not particularly sweet, tastes a little bitter, has a strong aroma, and is rather resistant to crystallization.
Macro of a honeybee collecting nectar on golden pumpkin flower.
|Botanical Name||Cucurbita maxima|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: South America. Widely found throughout the United States (Oregon, California)|
|Color||light amber to dark amber|
|Texture||thick, sticky consistency|
|Taste/Flavor||slight floral flavor|
Found throughout the United States wherever this prolific plant is cultivated, the blooms on pumpkin blossoms produce enough nectar to keep bees in a pumpkin patch well fed. However, the honey can still be difficult to source since it can be obtained only during the flowering period of the pumpkin, which is not a very long one. In addition pumpkin flowers do not have much nectar. Pumpkin honey is described as a medium–light amber to dark amber in color with a spicy, complex, almost squashy flavor with a light floral fragrance that can vary depending on the variety.
|Botanical Name||Rubus idaeus|
|Origin of Harvest||Found wild in Great Britain and in woods throughout Europe, North Africa and in north and west Asia|
|Color||White to light amber|
|Texture||Viscous and smooth|
|Taste/Flavor||Pleasantly sweet with subtle ﬂoral ﬂavor notes and a slight raspberry essence ﬁnish|
The raspberry is a thorny shrub that produces just one crop of fruit per year. Its springtime clusters of white, 5-petaled, rose-like flowers give way to red raspberries that mature in summer. Depending on the cultivar, raspberries flower from September to January persisting for 3 to 6 weeks. The flowers secrete large volumes of nectar that is very attractive to bees. Raspberry honey is light amber in color with a mellow, smooth flavor and unique raspberry finish. This honey can crystallizes as soon as it leaves the comb so is typically sold in cremed form.
Rosemary Infused Honey recipe
|Botanical Name||Rosmarinus officinalis|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: Mediterranean (Spain). Grown in temperate Europe (Italy, France, and Spain), Asia, Africa|
|Color||Light white to light amber|
|Texture||Viscous, often crystallized into a creamy spread|
|Taste/Flavor||Mildly sweet and fragrant with soft ﬂoral notes and herbal minty ﬁnish (rosemary belongs to the mint family)|
The nectar from tiny sky blue ﬂowers of the rosemary plant makes a beautiful honey reminiscent of the taste of the herb. Rosemary grows proliﬁcally in a Mediterranean climate, which is why most of the rosemary honey in our markets is from Italy, France, and Spain. Honey that comes from rosemary flowers is light yellow in color, and has a fresh, woodsy aroma and surprisingly herbaceous taste gives way to a delicately soft sweetness.
|Botanical Name||Salvia spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: Mediterranean, North Africa|
|Texture||Smooth, moderately thick, tends not to crystallize|
|Taste/Flavor||Mixture of distinctive yet delicate herbal notes; mild and not overly sweet|
Sage Honey, primarily produced in California, is light in color, heavy bodied and has a mild but delightful flavor. There are three types of sage honey: Black Button Sage, Purple Sage and White Sage. Sage honey is rich and light in color with a predominantly sweet, clover-like flavor and an elegant floral aftertaste. The most popular honey in the western United States, described as yellowish–brown, strong herbal aroma, a heavy-bodied honey that has a medium rate of crystallization to a fine grain. Typically, sage honey is available only when adequate rainfall has enabled sage blossoms to bloom.
|Botanical Name||Oxydendrum arboreum|
|Origin of Harvest||Southeastern United States, especially Appalachia|
|Color||Ranges from very light yellow to pale amber|
|Texture||Smooth and buttery|
|Taste/Flavor||Light and sweet with spicy and ﬂoral notes with hints of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and anise|
Sourwood honey is revered by Southerners and honey connoisseurs. The sourwood tree grows in the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains from southern Pennsylvania to North Georgia. Producing it is a challenge for even the most expert beekeeper because of scarce numbers of sourwood trees, the importance of sunlight and rain to ensure ample nectar, and short bloom times (June–August). Blossoms hang in drooping clusters of tiny bell-shaped ﬂowers that resemble lily of the valley. The honey is considered a rare treat.
|Botanical Name||Centaurea maculosa|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: the Mediterranean. Grown in the United States (California)|
|Color||White to light amber|
|Texture||thick viscous appearance with a tendency to crystallize over time|
|Taste/Flavor||sweet with a grassy, anise aroma and flavor|
Star thistles, including knapweeds and cornflowers, belong to the Centaurea genus. Centaurea is probably one of the largest sources of all thistle honeys. A one-foot high annual herb introduced from the Mediterranean Region, star thistle is widespread in California where it produces a white or extra light amber honey with a slight greenish cast. Star thistle is moderately sweet with a grassy, anise aroma and flavor. Farmers consider star thistle a noxious weed, but bees love it and the honey is gorgeous.
Bee and Sunflower
|Botanical Name||Helianthus spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Origin: North America. Widely grown in temperate Europe, S. and N. America, Asia; subtr. Asia, Africa, and in Oceania|
|Color||yellow to golden light amber|
|Texture||Typically, runny; tends to crystallize to a fine grain|
|Taste/Flavor||slightly herbaceous with citrus notes|
Growing up to nine feet tall, the sunflower is cultivated in vast fields that are a paradise for bees as its blossom produces far more nectar than smaller flowering plants. The Sunflower is a minor but useful producer of nectar and honey. Being members of the daisy family, those nodding “flowers” are made up of hundreds of tiny florets, each one producing its share of nectar. It produces a marketed unifloral honey as vast areas are grown around the world; the largest honey volume is produced in the Ukraine—25,000 – 30,000 tons a year. The honey is consistently described as light to extra light amber in color with a characteristic aroma and flavor that tastes slightly herbaceous with citrus notes.
jar of honey with honeycomb
|Botanical Name||Thymus spp.|
|Origin of Harvest||Mediterranean and temperate Europe, N. America, Oceania|
|Color||yellow-light brown amber to amber|
|Texture||Thick and rich, sometimes creamed|
|Taste/Flavor||Lively, complex herbal quality; robust ﬂavor with mint notes; toasty|
The mountainsides throughout Greece and Sicily are covered with wild thyme. The honey produced from the nectar of thyme (Thymus capitatus) blossoms has been revered since antiquity and is often mentioned in ancient poetry. Another variety of thyme honey is New Zealand thyme honey which is produced from escaped garden thyme (Thymus vulgaris), that is naturalized in Central Otago.
Tupelo Trees in bloom along the Apalchicola River.
Jars of Tupelo Honey.
|Botanical Name||Nyssa ogeche|
|Origin of Harvest||Native to Southeastern United States (Florida, Georgia) and grown in South Asia|
|Color||light golden amber color with a greenish cast|
|Texture||Runny and will not granulate|
|Taste/Flavor||Mild pleasant floral notes in both aroma and on the palate|
Tupelo honey, sometimes called swamp honey, is made from the flowers of the Ogeeche tupelo (Nyssa ogeche), a tree that grows profusely in swamps along the Apalachicola, Choctahatchee and Ochlockonee Rivers and their tributaries in northwestern Florida, United States. Beekeepers place their apiaries on high platforms or even boats in the wetlands to keep them out of the water and tend the hives by boat. It is usually light golden amber with a faint greenish glow, and has a mild, distinctive taste. Because of its high fructose content, Tupelo honey is one of the sweetest honey varieties and it will not granulate.
|Botanical Name||Trifolium repens|
|Origin of Harvest||Worldwide, primarily produced in New Zealand, Canada and the Unites States|
|Color||Light white to light amber|
|Texture||crystallizes quickly into a fine-grained solid white mass. For this reason it is often creamed|
|Taste/Flavor||sweet, flowery flavor|
Clover honey is popular all over the world, but especially in the USA, Canada and New Zealand. There are many different varieties of clover found throughout the United States, and most import in honey production include the Red clover, White or Dutch clover, Crimson clover and the Alsike Clover. The region where the clover is cultivated influences the color of the clover honey, which can vary from white to amber. The white or Dutch clover honey is produced in high amounts in various parts of the world, where it is cultivated on large surfaces, not only as a forage crop but also as a rich nectar source. White Dutch Clover honey varies in color from very white to extra light amber with a delicate floral bouquet and flavor.
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Wild flowers in meadow
|Botanical Name||Various plants|
|Origin of Harvest||Various plants -Worldwide, primarily from the Unites States|
|Color||Shades of amber from light to dark, depending on the season|
|Texture||Thick and smooth, sometimes crystallizes or is creamed|
|Taste/Flavor||Depending on flowers, complex with all sorts of ﬂavor notes from anise to mint to green apple|
Wildﬂower is a polyﬂoral honey made from the nectar’s from a wide variety of blooms that change with the seasons and regions. Samples of the honey differ greatly, depending on where it is produced. Its color can vary from very light to dark and flavor range from light and fruity to tangy and rich, depending on the mix from the different seasonal wildflowers and the regions in which it is produced.