Varieties of Honey

Acacia – Pale yellow, Light and delicate, with a flavor that reminds of dried pineapple

Ailanthus – Dark and has been reported as having an initial foul taste that disappears with aging, resulting in an exceptionally good tasting honey

Alfalfa – Very light honey with a pleasing, mild flavor and aroma.

Alsike Clover – Often used for surplus honey in northern states; mild, light-colored, often mixed with honey from white clover.

Anise Hyssop – Mint like flavor, heavy body, light colored.

Avocado – Dark and rich and full-bodied, and there is definitely a “resemblance” to the avocado fruit

Basswood/Linden – Extra-white, Light honey with a strong flavor.

Black Locust – Extra-white, high quality honey.

Black Mangrove – light with a thin body, slightly brackish taste.

Black Sage or Ball Sage – distinctive flavor.

Blackberry – Medium light and exceptionally sweet! Popular with kids. It has a fruity character

Blueberry – Midrange in color, blueberry is surprisingly rich-tasting.

Bluecurls – Mild, very white, granulating smoothly and quickly.

Buckwheat – Very dark and full-bodied honey.

Catsclaw – Popular in the southwest U.S.; white in color.

Christmas Berry – The taste is strong and exotic.

Clary Sage – Medium in strength and color.

Clover, Sweet – white in color and mild in flavor.

Clover, White – Most used east of the Mississippi; color is white to extra-light amber with a mild, delicious flavor.

Coralberry –  light-amber color with good flavor.

Cotton – very dark and very rich

Cranberry – medium sweet and the taste is tangy

Dandelion – Honey is yellow with a strong flavor.

Desert Sage – Light, with just a bit of edge to its character, and a pleasant dustiness

Echinacea – Medium-dark, it makes me think of a chewy granola bar (with coconut?)

Eucalyptus – it does have a hint of that cool eucalyptus quality, in a pleasant mellow honey

Fireweed – buttery taste.

Foxglove – Medium-dark, edgy, flavorful

Gallberry – light amber with a pleasant aromatic flavor; does not crystallize making it a good candidate for chunk honey.

Goldenrod – yellow with a rich distinctive flavor.

Heather – Though a lighter-than-medium gold color, it is one of the very strongest flavors

Holly – Medium sweet with some nutty overtones.

Horehound – greenish or any shade of amber. Very strong tasting, tends to granulate.

Horsemint – White to light-amber with a minty flavor; may have a strong odor.

Lavender – colors range from white, yellow, gold to various shades of amber.

Lehua – From Hawaii, it’s middlin’ gold and middlin’ sweet and just plain weird in flavor.

Macadamia – very rich-tasting, and amber in color

Maple – Light amber to slightly darker; good flavor.

Meadowfoam – Tastes like the inside of a warm marshmallow.

Mesquite – Light, delicate, and it does taste like “mesquite”

Orange Blossom – Light honey with a fresh scent and sweet taste.

Oregano – mint like flavor.

Palmetto – In a class with avocado and blueberry: somewhat strong, rich and mellow, and dark amber in color.

Persimmon – water-white.

Raspberry – White with a slightly fruity taste.

Rosemary – rich flavor with aroma like the plant. Clear, white or water white, granulates quickly.

Sage – mild flavor with sage like aroma. Clear white to pale yellow or amber.

Savory – yellow or greenish.

Saw Palmetto – rich yellow in color.

Snowberry – Light, sweet, with a bit of tang

Sourwood – Light, specialty honey from the Carolinas. Not sour, but less sweet than some.

Spanish Needles – Golden yellow with a pronounced flavor; can be mixed with white clover honey to obtain a mild, golden-tinted honey.

Sumac – Light amber with an excellent flavor.

Sweet Pepper Bush – Light yellow with a mild flavor and aroma of the bloom; marketed under the scientific name of plethra.

Thistle – Light in color and “lively” in flavor.

Tulip Poplar – Dark in color but has a mild flavor.

Tupelo – Clear yellow in color with a distinctive taste.

Thyme – amber or golden, distinctive mint-like flavor.

Vetch – Water-white, mild; wide selection of flavors, colors, and textures

Wildflower – Dark honey blended for a mild flavor.

Woundwort – white, very light amber or light yellow. Mild flavor but aroma can be heavy.