Honey has been known to carry a vast variety of flavors and aromas depending on the types of bees that harvest it and the type of floral nectar they are collecting. Another variable in honey production is location, as this is a key contributor to the types of plants that can grow.
There are more than 300 unique types of honey available in the United States, each originating from a different floral source. Some types of honey are distinct to specific areas, whereas others are common nationwide. The color of honey ranges from nearly colorless to dark brown, and its flavor varies from delectably mild to distinctively bold, depending on location. As a general rule, light-colored honey is milder in taste, and dark-colored honey is stronger.
Many honey farms and distributors have websites that either advertise where to purchase their honey or sell it online. The different forms of locally sold honey commonly found are in forms of comb honey or honeycombs, liquid honey, whipped or creamed honey, and naturally crystallized chunk honey. To find specific types of honey in your area, contact a local beekeeper, beekeeping association or honey packer. For example, avocado honey is made from California avocado blossoms, and blueberry honey is made from the white flowers found on blueberry bushes.
The majority of honey preferred by most consumers and sold at retail stores in the United States every year is the clear, golden liquid honey that has been strained or filtered to remove the undesirable particles that make honey cloudy.