Day: April 27, 2017

27 Apr

Sage

Sage honey can come from many different species of the sage plant. Sage shrubs usually grow along the California coast and in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Sage honey has a mild, delicate flavour. It is generally white or water-white in colour. It is quite sweet in flavour, and pairs extremely well with strong cheeses. When shopping for Sage honey, note that there are several varieties of Sage – check out the Honey Locator website for Black Button Sage (shown), White Sage, Purple Sage and Mixed Sage.

Scientific Name: Salvia mellifera

27 Apr

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom honey may be a single variety, but often it is a combination of citrus floral sources from Oranges and nearby Grapefruit or even Lime and Lemon trees. Orange is a leading honey source in southern Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. Orange trees bloom in March and April and produce a white to extra light amber honey with a distinctive flavour and the aroma of orange blossoms. It is savoured the world over on the table for everyday use, or in cakes and cookies.

Scientific Name: Epilobium angustibolium

27 Apr

Fireweed

Fireweed honey is very light, or “water white” in colour and comes from a perennial herb that affords wonderful bee pasture in the Northern and Pacific states and Canada. Fireweed grows in the open woods, reaching a height of three to five feet and spikes attractive pinkish flowers. It is delightfully sweet, and wonderful in dessert applications.

Scientific Name: Epilobium angustibolium

27 Apr

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is one of the larger plant genera with over 500 distinct species and many hybrids. Eucalyptus honey varies greatly in colour and flavour, but in general, it tends to be a bold-flavoured honey with a slightly medicinal aftertaste.  It may be used in baked goods, sauces, dressings.

Scientific Name: Eucalyptus spp.

27 Apr

Clover

Clover honey is what most people think of as being typical honey flavor and color.  It is widely used “on the table.”  Despite being the most common nectar producing honey plant, Clover honey is still a variety. White clover, alsike clover, and the white and yellow sweet clover plants are the most important for honey production. Depending on location and source, Clover honey varies in color from water-white to extra light amber and has a mild, delicate flavor. (There are a few different varieties of Clover – look on Honey Locator for White Dutch Clover, Sweet Clover, White Sweet Clover and Red Clover).

Scientific Name: Trifolium repens

27 Apr

Buckwheat

Buckwheat plants grow best in cool, moist climates. The buckwheat plant prefers light and well-drained soils, although it can thrive in highly acid, low fertility soils as well. Buckwheat is usually planted in the spring or is found growing wild. It blooms quite early and it yields a dark brown honey of strong, distinct flavor. Buckwheat has excellent application for BBQ sauces and baked goods.

Scientific Name: Fagopyrum esculentum

27 Apr

Blueberry

Taken from the tiny white flowers of the blueberry bush, the nectar makes a honey which is typically light amber or amber in colour and with a full, well-rounded flavour. Blueberry honey is produced in New England and in Michigan. Many people believe that Blueberry honey is honey to which Blueberry flavour is added; this is not so.  Pure Blueberry honey is the result of bees gathering nectar from the Blueberry bush.  It has wonderful applications in sauces and baked goods.

Scientific Name: Vaccinium spp.

27 Apr

Basswood

This tree is distributed from Southern Canada, to Alabama, to Texas, and is the product of blossoms from the Basswood tree. Basswood honey is often characterized by its distinctive biting flavour. The honey is water-white with a strong flavour that works well in many recipes.

Scientific Name: Tilia americana

27 Apr

Avocado

Avocado honey is gathered from California avocado blossoms. Avocado honey is dark in colour, with a rich, buttery taste.  It is wonderful in dressings and sauces.

Scientific Name: Persea americana

27 Apr

Alfalfa

Alfalfa is a legume with blue flowers. It blooms throughout the summer and is ranked as the most important honey plant in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and most of the western states. Alfalfa honey is white or extra light amber in colour with a fine flavour. The honey makes a perfect table honey for everyday use.

Scientific Name: Medicago sativa

27 Apr

Alfalfa

Alfalfa is a legume with blue flowers. It blooms throughout the summer and is ranked as the most important honey plant in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and most of the western states. Alfalfa honey is white or extra light amber in colour with a fine flavour. The honey makes a perfect table honey for everyday use.

Scientific Name: Medicago sativa

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