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When selecting one’s perfect honey there are a few things to consider. First, is to understand that there are different varieties of honey. So often we hear “Wait, There’s different types of honey?” Yes. Well, sort of.
All honey is produced the same way. When honey bees pollinate flowerings, they then return to their hives and regurgitate the honey into the hives as a way of storing a food source. And that honey is then harvested by the beekeeper, leaving enough for the bees to feed on during the winter.
But, honey gathered from certain types can take on very different tastes and it’s a beautiful thing. This difference in taste comes from the types of flowerings that the bees predominantly pollinate from. I say predominately, because there is really no environmentally responsible way to totally ensure that only one type of pollen finds itself into the honey.
Here are a few profiles:
Local Clover: Clover is the distinction that we give to our local honey as the clover flowerings are chiefly where our bees pollinate. This honey tastes like your most traditional honey. It has a sweet, consistent taste throughout.
Orange Blossom: From the blooms of the orange tree in Northern Florida. This honey is going to have a more citrusy and floral finish to it.
Tupelo Honey: This honey is the result of pollination from the blooms of the Tupelo Gum Tree. The Tupelo honey has a light buttery taste and it also has very high levels of Fructose versus Glucose. Because of these levels it is a honey that many feel is usable for diabetics.
Sourwood Honey: Sourwood Trees grow at the base of the Appalachian Mountains. When the honey Bees pollinate those blooms the result is a delicious dark honey with a spicy finish to it.