Honey is honey, you say? Well yes and no. Honey from bees that feed on specific plants render honey with unique flavors. To taste the difference, try honey on plain toast or a biscuit. Or, do what professional tasters do and try some all by itself spooned out of the jar.
Here are some flavor profiles to expect from different types of honey:
- Acacia honey is very sweet with a clean, pure, classic honey flavor.
- Alfalfa is a light honey but with a nice mild spicy note and floral aroma.
- Blueberry honey has a slight tang and a fruity flavor.
- Buckwheat is tasty on toast, but its strong and spicy flavor makes it perfect for marinades.
- Clover is the classic honey - light, sweet, floral.
- Coffee honey tends to be quite dark, with a rich, deep flavor that matches its color.
- Eucalyptus honey has just a hint of menthol flavor in it, making it perfect for stirring into tea.
- Fireweed honey has a markedly complex flavor and a slightly buttery texture. Like buckwheat honey, it can stand up to meats, marinades, glazes, and grilling.
- Heather is pungent and almost bitter, in a good way. It's great with smoky things, or on wholesome baked goods.
- Linden honey is quite delicate and has a fresh, woodsy aroma perfect with tea.
- Macadamia Nut honey has a distinctive sweet and nutty flavor with a lovely floral scent.
- Orange Blossom is widely available but watch out, much of the orange blossom honey on the market is artificially flavored. Real orange blossom honey is mild and citrus-scented.
- Palmetto is a mild honey with balanced sweetness.
- Sage is a lot like palmetto honey - mild, sweet, flexible.
- Sourwood is caramel-like and buttery and delicious on toast, biscuits, muffins, and any other vehicle you can think of.
- Tupelo honey is somehow sweeter than other honeys, but with a lovely balanced mild flavor.
- Wildflower honey is light and fruity yet richly flavored at the same time.