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Varities of Honey

In the United States alone, there are more than 300 varieties of honey. Clover, buckwheat, tupelo and basswood are among the most popular flavors, but there are countless more to choose from.

Why is there such a wide variety of flavors? The answer isn’t as simple as you think. The flavor of honey comes from where the bees gather nectar. Different flowers produce different nectar, resulting in honey with different tastes, aromas and experiences.

All honey starts off as nectar, which is gathered by honeybees and stored in a special stomach. After filling their stomach, bees return to the hive and exchange the nectar with hundreds of other bees, breaking down the nectar into fructose and glucose. From there, the bees deposit it into a comb, fan it until there is only about 17% moisture left, and seal it away with a wax cap for storage.

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Know Your Honey Varietal Thursday, 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.

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Honey Bee Fun Facts Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

 

Honey bees are amazing insects, responsible for not only pollinating so many crops we rely on for food, but also for making delicious honey!

Did you also know…

There are 10,000 species of bees. Only one species produces honey.

15 mph is the top speed of some honey bees.

Honey bees can flap their wings 12,000 times per minute.

A worker bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

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