The Many Flavors of Honey
I have long been aware that the taste of Honey varies according to the types of flowers that the bees forage. However, due to our honey primarily coming from the Alpine area the differences from one extraction to the next have often been subtle.
As our operation has grown, I have been sampling honey that has come from our apiaries as far north as Ogden to as far south as Hurricane. It has been exciting to try some varieties that were new. For example, we recently extracted a small amount of honey that had a very high concentration of Dandelion bloom. While Dandelion bloom in our honey is nothing new, the very high concentration of this particular batch made for a wonderful and unique honey.
Also new for us, has been transporting our bees to California to pollinate the Almond orchards. 2 very new and distinct honey flavors came back with our hives from CA. The first was Almond honey. I'd have to say Almond honey is not very tasty. Tastes like medicine, & i'm sure glad that Almond trees don't produce much nectar because I wouldn't want much. On the other hand, the bees do gather quite a bit of Orange Blossom honey during that bloom. I'll have to admit I was a little bit skeptical as to how much I thought i'd like it. But after having some, I was amazed at the wonderful citrus that would linger on my palette after a spoonful.
The easiest way to tell the differences between different batches of honey is to try them side by side. Try it & enoy!
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The Alpine Beekeeper
Hi I am your local beekeeper in Alpine, Utah.