Regardless of where you come from, chances are that you have enjoyed the sweet taste of honey at some point in your life. This natural and organic sweetener is used in a variety of ways, from adding flavor to your dessert to comforting you by sweetening your tea when you are sick. Most people assume that all honey is the same but the truth is that it can vary greatly depending on the vegetation in the area.
Honey is made by one of most hard working and industrious insects on the planet, the bee. In order to create this delicious alternative to sugar, the bees need nectar. Though they can travel very far in search of blooming flowers, the insects are limited to the foliage in a certain vicinity. Since the main ingredient in honey is nectar, it stands to reason that the flavor, consistency and quality of the honey would depend greatly on the plant life surrounding the hive. Take a look at the different types of honey listed below and you will see just how wide a range of honey there is in the world.
The avocado plant is mainly found in the southern and western part of California. In the early summer months this plant bears a small, sweet smelling yellow flower. The nectar from the avocado produces a dark, rich honey which is most likely what you would purchase at your supermarket if you lived in the area.
Some people assume that blueberry honey is a product of mixing blueberry juice with honey though this is not the case. Blueberry honey is made when bees gather nectar from the flowers of a blueberry bush. This honey is common in the north eastern part of the United States. Having a very light color and a mild flavor, it is often used in baking and sometimes even in cooking.
Fireweed is an herb that is native to the north western part of Canada. The bright color and sweet smell of this plant attracts bees and in turn they produce Fireweed honey. This honey is quite common in certain parts of Canada and has a very light color and almost water like texture. It is usually used to either bake or as a sweetener.
Orange blossoms grow on orange trees. These flowers are very common in the state of Florida, where most of the country’s orange blossom honey comes from. The honey that comes from the nectar of the orange blossom is very light in texture and has a slightly citrusy flavor. This is a very unique honey and can easily be identified by taste. The honey’s rare flavor also makes it very popular with high end culinary chefs.
The sourwood tree is native to southern Pennsylvania. They are plentiful throughout the Appalachian Mountains. The flower that the tree produces has a very distinct smell which some describe as spicy. Sourwood honey is renowned as an ingredient for ham glaze.
The tulip poplar tree can be found up and down the New England coast. This tree produces a remarkable red and yellow flower. The tulip polar blossom is said to be the pretties tree flower in the United States. The honey that is produced from this tree is extremely dark, almost red, but it has a very light taste. This honey is widely used as a cooking ingredient and to make certain sauces.
The tupelo tree can be found in the northern part of Florida. It’s distinctive bright red leaves come alive in the winter months. Tupelo honey is well known for its application in the making of baked goods because of its thick content and high levels of fructose.
As you can now plainly see, there are many different types of honey. All of which come from different sources and can be found in a variety of colors, textures and flavors.