Given that the US boasts over 300 varieties of honey, Winnie the Pooh’s famous honey pot probably contained more than one type of honey. And, while Pooh bear may have enjoyed his honey regardless of the nectar it was made from, those with more discerning palates will likely appreciate the unique assortment available through Fooducopia’s local vendors.
The flavor of honey is determined by the blossoms visited by the honeybee and can be made from the nectar of a single flower or multiple.
The honeybee’s choice of flower also defines the color, flavor, antioxidant content, and types of sugars present in the final product. In general, lighter colored honey is milder in flavor and contains fewer antioxidant properties than deeply pigmented honey.
Clover plants are the most common nectar source for honey bees in the US; and clover honey is light-colored, sweet, and flowery. Grampa’s Gourmet, a honey-maker from Alamosa, Colorado, offers Clover Honey and other, much rarer varieties. You can buy them all online from our Cornerstore, or drop by in downtown Denver.
Our Tamarisk Honey (sometimes referred to as Saltcedar) is deeply hued with aromas of molasses, hickory, and pine, while Chamiso Honey is a light amber color, somewhat similar to its clover counterpart, but with hazelnut and citrus flavoring.
If mild and delicately-flavored honey is more your style, you’ll love our Tupelo Honey from Honey Pax, made from the flower of the tupelo tree, native to Florida. It has a complex yet soft fruity and herbal flavor. And, because of its greater fructose to glucose composition, tupelo honey resists crystallization, making it the perfect mixing into liquids like cookie batter.
How many honeys have you tried? Whether you’re spreading honey on toast, making your own granola, enjoying a dollop in your favorite tea–or eating it straight out of the honey pot as Pooh so famously does—honey has never been more appealing!
Stayed tuned next month for a follow-up post about flavored honey and its uses!