“The color, flavor, and even aroma of a particular variety of honey may differ depending on the nectar source of flowers visited by the honey bee. The colors may range from nearly colorless to dark brown, the flavor may vary from delectably mild to distinctively bold, and even the odor of the honey may be mildly reminiscent of the flower.” – Honey Varietals, National Honey Board
Dutch or Sweet
Both are sweet but the Dutch (from my yards on East Coast) is slightly less so and somewhat darker in color. The sweet is a western honey from the Dakotas and Montana. Light and delicate…both are great on or in anything.
(side note: the blossoms produce the color and the flavor of the honey, not the fruit)
The blossom honeys are from various beekeeper friends around the United States who are pollinators by trade. These honeys are the result of the pollination of these crops and they are fantastic!
Almond: medium amber in color, nutty and some say honey with a “kick”…a real buzz for your buds?
Blueberry: medium amber in color, rich texture, mild and a perennial favorite…liquid gold perhaps?
Cranberry: medium amber in color, robust with slightly tart edge…kind of like cranberries maybe?
Orange: medium amber in color, mild and smooth both in taste and texture. Slight hint of orange in aroma or bouquet…dare I say fruity?
Buckwheat: “Guinness stout of honeys” is super dark honey, strong in flavor and aroma, often used in baking, pancakes/waffles, definitely a “winter honey. Also great as a glaze on your favorite poultries and meats.
(Side note: I plant buckwheat as a soil conditioner/amendment and am amazed that such small white blossoms can produce such a dark strong honey.)
Butterbean: as light as the sweet clovers, who knew that lima/butterbeans would produce such a nice light honey. Great in teas and especially on vanilla ice cream! Has a tendency to crystallize over time.
Alfalfa: Really lucky to get this one! Most alfalfa is cut before it blooms for animal feed. Light as the butterbean in color and just as sweet. This is from central VA by a farmer who allows it to flower. Guess what…he’s a beekeeper!
Wildflower: These honeys are from my bee yards.
The spring honeys (pulled in July) are usually lighter and more “fruity” reflecting the mix of chokecherry, black cherry, crabapple, clover and whatever else is blooming out there!
The fall honeys (pulled in late September) are darker and “stronger” reflecting goldenrod and other late season bloomers (e.g. asters).