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Ltryptophan's avatar

How many types of honey have you heard of by blossom type?

Asked by Ltryptophan (11628points) April 5th, 2012

I’ve heard of wild flower, orange, clover, sunflower, and rose.

I’ve had all those except the rose blossom honey. Where do you get rose blossom honey?

Have you heard of any other varieties? Maybe there’s hibiscus honey? Or cherry blossom, or apple blossom, or pear blossom…

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Coloma's avatar

Oh gosh, where I live in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Ca. we have many local beekeepers and lots of honey comes from Star Thistle and wildflowers. Lupine, Shooting Stars, wild Morning Glory, Baby Blue Eyes, Five Spot, Mule Ears, Lambs Wort, on & on.
A few miles up the mountain there are scads of apple prchards and they get apple blossom honey.

jaytkay's avatar

The local beekeepers at my farmers market say, “our bees gather nectar from white sweet clover and basswood in the spring and summer and in the fall they get nectar from wild aster and goldenrod.”

They bring bees to the market, their table has bees climbing all over the jars. I wish the egg people brought chickens and the cheese folks brought cows!

Coloma's avatar

Slightly off topic but..I recently watched the documentary “Vanishing of the bees” and it was so sad. Longterm use of systemic pesticides seem to “bee” the culprit. Effecting the bees neurologically and causing massive hive abandonment. :-(

Bellatrix's avatar

@Coloma, it is indeed. I seem to recall a big social movement recently to try to stop the wide use of pesticides to try to protect our bee populations.

These are the Australian trees and plants that are used in honey production. Some are quite commonly mentioned when buying honey, leatherwood for instance. Others are very specific to areas.

Yellow Box
Stringy bark
White clover
Blue gum
Blackberry Clover
Blue Top Iron Bark
Brush Box
Flooded Gum
Grey Ironbark
Mugga Ironbark
Narrow Leafed Ironbark
Orange Blossom
Pink Gum
Parrot Bush
Red Ash
Red Bell
Red Stringybark
River Red Gum
Salvation Jane
Spotted Gum
Strawberry Clover
White Box
Yellow Box

thorninmud's avatar

We used to get some unusual France. Some were quite dark and full of character, like buckwheat and chestnut. Pine honey has a very particular flavor. Lavender and thyme are quite nice.

Plain old clover honey is pretty damned boring once you’ve tasted what else bees can do. I imagine that being a bee in a clover field must be kind of like working at Coors.

dabbler's avatar

@thorninmud Buckwheat, yes ! yum yum yum
I used to see that in California where buckwheat grows wild as well as cultivated.

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