Know Your Honey Varietal June 11th, 2015

Did you know there are more than 300 varietals of honey in the United States?

Each of these varietals has a unique color and taste, based off of where honey bees forage for nectar. Here are three great varietals that can add a unique flavor profile to your food or beverage product.

California Eucalyptus Honey

The Eucalyptus tree covers California, and grows to be 150 to 200 feet tall. The fresh, clean scent of the honey comes from the eucalyptus tree.

Tasting notes: This dark, mineral-rich honey has a mild, smooth flavor.

Southwestern Desert Garden

Spring comes late to the higher areas of Arizona, but when it finally arrives, the desert is covered in flowers. Bees flock to the flowers of the mesquite tree in late spring.

Tasting notes: The honey from these flowers is light, and quickly crystalizes into a smooth spread with a mild flavor.

California Yellow Star Thistle

This vibrant flower dots the roadsides and fields throughout California. The small flower is responsible for the sweet, delicate taste of the honey.

Tasting notes: This honey tastes like candy, but is still light enough to not overpower your senses. It has slight notes of spicy cinnamon, molasses and prune.

Want more information on honey varietals and a source to buy them? Check out our Honey Locator!

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