Sunday, October 1, 2017

Types of Honey

There are more than 300 varieties of honey in the United States, and there are more than 1,000 different varieties of honey worldwide. Honey is unique, in that it never spoils because of special enzymes that the honeybee places into the nectar as it is in her honey sack. A lot of people confuse crystallization with honey going bad. When this occurs, all you have to do is place your jar underneath warm water, and it will soon turn back into liquid honey.

Sometimes when honey crystalizes beekeepers like to whip it, creating a smooth, thick, and all around delicious creamed honey. Another way people enjoy buying honey is with slices of comb inside the jar. This helps them know that it is pure and straight out of the honey comb. Sometimes beekeepers will cut their comb into squares and sell individual squares of honey comb. The varieties are many, and your preference of consuming honey is completely up to you. We recommend trying all the different varieties to find your absolute favorite.

Ranging from almond honey in California to orange honey in Florida, the source of nectar will determine the coloration and taste of the honey. For example, buckwheat flowers produce a dark colored nectar that the bees make into honey, people like to cook with darker honey because it has a richer flavor. On the other hand, the fireweed flower produces a very light colored nectar. The lighter color usually results in a sweeter taste.