To experience the different flavors of these honey varieties you will be looking for Raw Honey. Once the honey is heated through pasteurization the different flavors are lost. At that point, it just becomes a sweet syrup.
Honey can have a different taste depending on what nectar source the bees are collecting from. This means raw honey can taste different with each season and even every year. This article will go over a few of the common types of honey you might find through us or other beekeepers.
- Wildflower Honey – This is one of the common types of honey you will find. This means the bees created this honey using many different flowers all mixed in together. With the source of nectar being a mix, that means the flavor will be different each harvest. For example, Spring Honey is typically mixed with a lot of different sources. You find so many different flowers in the spring it is hard to create a honey with just one type of flower. One year might have heavy honeysuckle bloom while the next year might have a heavy blackberry bloom. This will cause the taste to vary depending on how much of each source the bees collected.
- Clover Honey – The color and taste of Clover Honey Varieties can vary depending on location and which type of clover the bees gathered from. Most of the time this will be a summer honey. With a mild floral sweetness, this is easily a classic favorite for many.
- Basswood Honey – Basswood Honey Variety is made from the blooms of the Basswood Tree also known as Linden Tree. These blooms typically happen mid to late summer in my area. This is also during a time when not many other things are blooming. Which makes it easy to collect a Basswood Honey harvest. This type of honey is light in color but can still have a strong biting flavor. It has a distinctive mildly spicy flavor with a lingering touch of mint. Basswood honey has a small pollen count which helps slow crystallization compared to other honey types. This also helps make this honey easily dissolve in teas and other beverages.
- Sourwood Honey – One of the sought after kinds of honey in the USA, this honey has a caramel or buttery flavor. Sourwood blooms around July in our area and gives the bees a source when not much else is blooming.
- Goldenrod Honey – A late-season source for the bees you will find Goldenrod Honey Varieties being harvested in the fall. This is the source the bees in our area use to overwinter with. Because of that, we will only harvest if the bees give us extra. At this time of the season, we need to be careful not to rob the bees of their winter food source. Can be a dark strong flavored honey. Most describe the taste as starting off buttery sweet flavor moving into a warm brown sugar taste with a pungent ending taste.