Types Of Honey

The market currently is flooded with a vast variety of Honey, with each one bearing its characteristic taste, flavor and color. To be precise, there are more than 300 types of honey that exist today and with each one boasting of special set of health and nutritional benefits, Honey lovers are in for a sweet time.

Different types of honey are categorized by the flower source but did you know that even if it was extracted from the same flower in the same location, its taste could still differ by a huge margin? That is because of the difference in temperature or rainfall level. Also, lighter colored Honey tends to be milder in taste as compared to the darker ones.

Types of Honey

Broadly, Honey can be categorized as raw or processed. Raw honey is a more natural form of honey and considered to be purer than the processed one, which is heated and bottled in a factory resulting in loss of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.

What are the Different Types of Honey?

While it is hard to evade the temptation of buying a factory made and beautifully packaged bottle of Honey, but if health, purity and quality is what you seek; opt for either of the below given varieties of Honey. Doing so will ensure you the best in taste, flavor and health benefits like no other!

  1. Acacia Honey
  2. Alfalfa Honey
  3. Aster Honey
  4. Avocado Honey
  5. Basswood Honey
  6. Beechwood Honey
  7. Blueberry Honey
  8. Bluegum Honey
  9. Buckwheat Honey
  10. Clover Honey
  11. Dandelion Honey
  12. Eucalyptus Honey
  13. Fireweed Honey
  14. Heather Honey
  15. Ironbark Honey
  16. Jarrah Honey
  17. Leatherwood Honey
  18. Linden Honey
  19. Macadamia Honey
  20. Manuka Honey
  21. Orangeblossom Honey
  22. Pinetree Honey
  23. Sourwood Honey
  24. Sage Honey
  25. Tupelo Honey
  1. Acacia Honey

    Acacia is one of the most popular honey varieties. Identified as light and clear honey, it takes it delicate floral taste from the nectar of the blossoms of Robinia pseudo acacia, also known as Black Locust in North America and Europe. The high concentration of fructose helps acacia honey to retain its liquid state for a long period of time. Its low sucrose content makes it widely popular among the diabetics and with as a rich source of anti-inflammatory properties, it is best suited to treat respiratory disorders.

  2. Alfalfa Honey

    Alfalfa honey is majorly produced in Canada and the United States. Made from the purple or blue blossoms, it is light in color and has a mild floral aroma and taste.

    Alfalfa Honey

    Due to its sweet yet mild taste, Alfalfa honey is often used for baking purposes. Though honey-enthusiasts prefer eating it straight out of the jar, it works better when combined with other ingredients like tea, lemonade and milkshakes among others.

  3. Aster Honey

    This light-colored honey is majorly extracted from the Mid-South region of the United States. Aster Honey has a thick and smooth consistency accompanied by a distinctively sweet smell.

    It tends to crystallize faster than most other variety of Honey available and tastes best when used as a natural sweeter in a variety of sweet drinks and desserts.

  4. Avocado Honey

    Avocado Honey doesn’t taste anything like the fruit, but is extracted from the California avocado blossoms. It is a dark colored honey with a rich and buttery flavor and makes for a tasty salad dressing or condiment when mixed with other ingredients.

  5. Basswood Honey

    Basswood Honey is most popular for its biting taste, distinctive white color and exceptional malleability quality that makes teaming it with any food item an easy job. Basswood Honey is produced from the cream-colored Basswood blossoms found throughout North America. It's fresh, pleasant and wood-like essence tastes incredibly well with a variety of teas and is hugely recommended for salad dressings and marinades.

  6. Beechwood Honey

    Popularly known as Honeydew honey, it is sourced from New Zealand's South Island. It comes from the sap produced by aphids on the bark of the Beechwood tree and later collected by the bees. Beechwood Honey is widely used as syrup for pancakes and fruit salads due to its aromatic properties.

    Beechwood Honey

    Its regular consumption is also known to improve the body’s immunity, better the digestive system and is often used as a popular supplement due to its high nutritional value.

  7. Blueberry Honey

    A pleasant flavor variety produced in New England and in Michigan, Blueberry honey is extracted from the white flowers of the blueberry bush. Light amber colored, a well-rounded flavor and a hint of tanginess from the Blueberry. Blueberry Honey makes for an ideal accompaniment for your breakfast meals like oats, pancakes and cereal bars.

  8. Bluegum Honey

    This eucalyptus honey specie majorly grows in South Australia and Tasmania. Its dense texture and amber-color makes it a go-to topping for toasts and wafers. 8) Bluegum Honey’s taste comes quite close to that of a bubble gum with a subtly cool and a minty undertone beneath its real dense texture.

  9. Buckwheat Honey

    The strongest and darkest of honey varieties, Buckwheat Honey is mostly produced in Minnesota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania as well as in few eastern regions of Canada. As a rich source of iron and other essential nutrients, Buckwheat Honey is among the most popular and widely consumed varieties of honey.

    Buckwheat Honey

    It contains more antioxidant compounds than some lighter varieties of Honey in the same category.

  10. Clover Honey

    Clover Honey is one of the most widely available and popular honey varieties in the world. It is majorly produced across Canada and New Zealand.

    Clover Honey

    Clover honey has been termed as a classic because of its pleasant and floral sweet taste, making it a hit ingredient for a vast variety of sauces and salad dressings.

  11. Dandelion Honey

    Dandelion Honey is a relatively stronger variety of honey with mild blends of sourness in it. It is widely produced in New Zealand's South Island and is usually dark-amber in color. Dandelion Honey bears a characteristic Dandelion aroma, which is considered as a medicinal herb in China, Tibet and India due to its healing properties.

  12. Eucalyptus Honey

    Originally originated in Australia, Eucalyptus Honey is widely extracted in California as well. A Great medicinal honey variety, Eucalyptus is traditionally used by people across the globe for protection against cold and headaches.

    Due to its extensive availability, Eucalyptus Honey differs in taste and flavor but carries a characteristic herbal flavor and a slight aftertaste of menthol.

  13. Fireweed Honey

    Fireweed Honey comes from a tall herb grown in the open woods of north-west US. Light in color, it has its own way of being sweet and complex at the same time. Its smooth, delicate and buttery taste makes it a great option for gourmet cooking, baking and fish smoking.

  14. Heather Honey

    One of the strongest and most pungent flavors available, Heather’s aftertaste talks about being almost bitter and is commonly used as a spread or marinating Ham, chicken, lamb, seafood and cold meat dishes.

    Heather Honey is thick and amber in color and is known to be a rich source of protein.

  15. Ironbark Honey

    Another premium Eucalyptus floral variety (Eucalyptus crebra) with a bold taste, Iron Bark Honey is extracted from the blossoms throughout the year in eastern Australia.

    A favorite flavor catalyst for baking and barbecued meats, Ironbark Honey’s amber color and dense texture adds a decadent taste to smoothies as well as other sweet drinks and shakes.

  16. Jarrah Honey

    Jarrah is a dark- amber eucalyptus variety of honey that has a caramel aftertaste. Jarrah Honey has been scientifically researched to find out that Jarrah is an effective remedy for wounds, burns and skin allergies due to the higher percentage of activity level than most of the honey variety available in the market.

  17. Leatherwood Honey

    Leatherwood Honey comes from the Leatherwood blossom in the south-west region of Tasmania, Australia. Leatherwood Honey is known for its unique taste and strong flavor. Also, commonly known as Tasmanian Honey, it has established itself as an irreplaceable ingredient that not only sweetens but also adds an excellent flavor to cakes, muffins, coffee and tea.

    Leatherwood Honey
  18. Linden Honey

    Light yellow in colour, Linden Honey bears a very delicate and fresh woody scent. One of the most medicinally rich varieties of honey, Linden has been a favorite for many before bedtime. Its sedative properties help immensely in the cases of anxiety and insomnia. Linden Honey is also used in the treatment of cold, cough and bronchitis.

    Extracted from Linden tree, which bears small yellowish white flowers, Linden honey is majorly produced in Denmark.

  19. Macadamia Honey

    Macadamia Honey was first sourced in Australia from the floral nectar of the Macadamia Nut tree. It is deep in colour with a complex aroma and has a subtle nutty flavour. Macadamia Honey works well with salads, ice- cream, toasts and even as marinate for grilled chicken wings.

  20. Manuka Honey

    Native to New Zealand's coastal areas, Manuka Honey is collected from the flower of the Tea Tree bush. It comprises of rich antibacterial property that aids in effectively treating stomach ulcers, sore throat, cold, indigestion and acne & pimples among others. Manuka Honey’s taste varies due to the difference in source but usually boasts of a robust aftertaste that stays for a while.

  21. Orangeblossom Honey

    Orangeblossom Honey, often a combination of citrus sources, is usually light in colour and mild in flavour with a fresh fruity scent, and a fragrant citrusy taste. Originally originated from Spain/ Mexico, today Orangeblossom Honey is being produced in many countries including Florida, Southern California and Texas among others.

    Orange Blossom Honey
  22. Pinetree Honey

    Pinetree Honey or Honeydew mainly comes from Greece. Quite opposite to the usual sweet taste of honey, Pinetree Honey has a slightly bitter taste with a strong aroma and is very rich in minerals and proteins.

  23. Sourwood Honey

    Sourwood Honey is light-colored, delicate honey variety of Honey with a caramel kind of taste. While many find its taste to be sour, its hardcore followers find it to be as sweet and nutty as any other variety of Honey available.

  24. Sage Honey

    The light-colored and heavy-bodied Sage Honey is mostly produced in California. Sage Honey is packed with a property to granulate very slowly and is commonly used to blend with other honeys to slow down the process of granulation.

    Sage Honey

    Its mild yet delightful taste also makes it hugely popular with the consumers.

  25. Tupelo Honey

    One of the most premium honeys ever produced, Tupelo Honey or the “Southern Gold”, as it is popularly known as, is produced in the Southeastern U.S. swamps. It is usually light golden or amber in color with a faint greenish glow and a mild & distinctive taste.

    Tupelo honey is one of the sweetest honey varieties, courtesy the high fructose content and its ability of not granulating like most other types of Honey.

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