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Types of Honey

Different Types of Honey

Looking for a naturally-delicious way to sweeten your most popular foods and beverages? Honey is a popular sweetener that has a variety of colors, flavors, and uses. This guide will help you differentiate between the floral, mild, and hearty types produced by the honeybees. It will also explain the importance of sourcing true, high-quality honey for your restaurant.

Honey Varieties

Our selection of Monarch's Choice honey is free from additives and preservatives. The honey is naturally gluten free, low sodium, and fat free. Many honey varieties are Kosher certified and True Source certified. Depending on the type, it is available in easy-grip 1 or 5 lb. plastic containers as well as bulk 60 lb. pails.

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Alfalfa

Alfalfa

This classic honey flavor hails from the Wind River area of central Wyoming. Honeybees collect nectar from fields of bright purple alfalfa blossoms, and the honey that results has a light taste with mildly sweet undertones.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Teas, dressings, sauces

Available sizes: 1 lb., 60 lb.

Monarch's Choice 5 lb. Baker's Special Honey

Baker's Special

An ideal alternative to standard sugar in your baking recipes, this baker's special honey is a blend of classic honey varieties. Featuring a dark amber color and rich flavor, this honey has a more robust taste than lighter, tableside honey.


Recommended for table use? No

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Whole wheat bread, pastries, BBQ sauces

Available sizes: 5 lb., 60 lb.

Buckwheat

Buckwheat

Dark and bold, this buckwheat honey is collected fresh from the white blossoms of the buckwheat grain. Typically compared to blackstrap molasses, this buckwheat honey has an earthy aroma and heartier flavor than other honeys.


Recommended for table use? No

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Honey cake, breads, sauces

Available sizes: 1 lb., 5 lb., 60 lb.

Monarch's Choice 5 lb. Clover Honey

Clover

Saturated with the aromatic, mild flavor of clover blossoms, clover honey is the best known honey variety with the largest annual production. It has a sweet and light taste with a hint of cinnamon. While clover honey is made from only clover flowers, all natural honey is made from various types of flowers.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Desserts, sauces, meats, sweet breads, yogurt, cereal

Available sizes: 1 lb., 5 lb., 60 lb.

Creamed Clover

Creamed Clover

This honey has a richer, creamier texture than traditional clover honey. Also known as spun honey, this creamed honey is made by storing honey at a temperature around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and crystallizing over time. The crystallization creates a smooth product that spreads easily.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Bagels, toast, biscuits

Available sizes: 5 lb.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Gathered from the flowering eucalyptus trees of Australia, this distinctive honey has a sweet flavor offset by cool undertones of fresh eucalyptus.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Teas, toast, pastries

Available sizes: 1 lb.

Golden

Golden

Featuring a deeper flavor than clover honey, this velvety-smooth golden honey is a blend of clover and wildflower honey varieties. It has a sweet taste entwined with delicate floral undertones.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Drinks, pastries, sauces, honey-baked ham, sweet breads, cereal

Available sizes: 1 lb.

Monarch's Choice 5 lb. Orange Blossom Honey

Orange Blossom

Fresh from the spring blossoms of Florida's orange groves, this orange blossom honey features light citrus undertones. This popular honey has a golden color and a wholesome, sweet taste.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Drinks, biscuits, pancakes, pastries

Available sizes: 1 lb., 5 lb., 60 lb.

Monarch's Choice 5 lb. Organic Wildflower Honey

Organic

Collected from organic certified beehives and blossoms that have not been exposed to herbicide or pesticide applications, this bulk organic honey is free from additives and preservatives! Depending on the type of flowers that bees visit and the location where the honey is produced, organic honey can have a wide variety of flavors.


Recommended for table use? N/A

Recommended for cooking and baking? N/A

Common uses: Organic teas, sweet and savory dishes, yogurt, cereal

Available sizes: 5 lb., 60 lb.

Premium

Premium

Premium honey is a blend of fragrant clover and delicate alfalfa honey varieties. Combined, these complementary flavors create a delectable all-purpose honey.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Entrees, dressings, sauces, desserts

Available sizes: 1 lb.

Monarch's Choice 5 lb. Wildflower Honey

Wildflower

With its deep, rich flavor, wildflower honey features a select blend of wild blossoms and flowers. Slightly darker in color than other honeys, wildflower honey will add a more robust taste to baking recipes.


Recommended for table use? No

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Muffins, meats, breads

Available sizes: 1 lb., 5 lb., 60 lb.

Color Comparison

There's a lot that color can tell you about the flavor of your honey. Generally speaking, the lighter the honey color, the more delicate and mild its taste. And vice versa, dark-colored honey has a stronger flavor. Reference the color diagram below for a quick color comparison!

honey color chart

Sourcing Honey

Due to honey's growing demand and the damage to bee colonies in the United States, there is an increasing amount of imported honey. If honey has been imported illegally, or if the source of the honey is unknown, it is difficult to be assured of the honey's quality and purity. Sometimes, corn sugar is added into bee hives so that the bees will produce a large amount of honey. The "honey" that results lacks nutrients and contains added syrups or sweeteners that are not made by bees.

If you're looking to purchase true honey with no additives, make sure that you look for a True Source Certified logo on the bottle or container. This logo is important because it stands for the following ideals:

  • Consumers will have a proven country of origin claim
  • Honey is ethically sourced and can be traced directly to known beekeepers and brokers
  • Honey moves through the supply chain in full accordance with U.S. law
  • Honey has truthful labeling as to its source and has been tested to ensure quality

If you don't see this logo, check the True Source Honey website to see if the honey company participates in the True Source Certified program. Simply enter the product's UPC code. Or, click here to see a list of True Source Certified North American packers.

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