8 Types of Honey (and Where to Get Them)

Your recipe calls for "honey," but there are many types of honey—and each one has a unique flavor, texture and aroma.

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If you’ve spent time browsing the stalls at the farmers market, you may already know that there are several types of honey. In fact, there are over 300 varieties! Many factors affect the honey’s flavor and color, but the major difference between each type revolves around the flower. That’s why honey is usually named after this nectar source.

Most pasteurized honey tastes the same, so look for raw, unfiltered honey. It’s the best way to experience its true flavor and health benefits, and it also keeps you from accidentally buying fake honey. Remember, quality honey, crystallizes eventually. But that does not mean, it’s gone bad, you can decrystallize the honey to use it again.

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Acacia

Good for: Tea, baking or slathering on biscuits

Where to buy: Bee Harmony

Acacia honey is an all-purpose honey with a very mild but sweet flavor. It’s not actually made from the acacia flower. Instead, the nectar comes from a “false acacia tree,” also known as the black locust. It’s one of the clearest, lightest-colored types of honey available, and it’s unlikely to crystallize in the jar because of its high fructose content.

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Buckwheat

Good for: Baking or marinades

Where to buy: Asheville Bee Charmer

Buckwheat honey is strong and dark, with a molasses-like color and texture. Its bold flavor makes it best suited for baking instead of raw uses, but it’s also powerful enough to hold up to flavorful meats in marinades. It contains more antioxidants than lighter-colored honey, so it’s a great choice for treating sore throats.

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Clover

Good for: Baking, marinades, salad dressings, or drizzling on oatmeal

Where to buy: Bloom Honey

Clover honey is one of the most popular varieties found in the United States. It has a very floral aroma with a light, sweet flavor that make it a good all-purpose honey. Some clover honey is labeled as creamed clover, which has been crystallized into a creamy mixture with a spreadable consistency.

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Eucalyptus

Good for: Tea or medicinal uses

Where to buy: Honeycube

This honey originated in Australia, although today it’s also made in California. The eucalyptus flowers lend a distinctly medicinal vibe with an herbal aroma and menthol flavor. It’s a good variety to use when taking advantage of the health benefits of honey. Get to know if you can eat honeycomb.

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Fireweed

Good for: Baking, marinades and grilling recipes

Where to buy: Anna’s Honey

Fireweed honey comes from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, where bees feed on the perennial herb that’s native to these areas. The resulting honey is light-colored with a complex, buttery flavor. It’s perfect for standing up to the bold flavors of the grill.

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Orange Blossom

Good for: Tea, drizzling on pancakes, slathering on biscuits

Where to buy: Smiley Honey

This light, mild honey has a distinctive citrusy flavor and aroma. It originated in Spain and Mexico, but today it’s often made in the citrus belt—Florida, Texas and California. It’s a great finishing honey for breads and pastries, but be sure to look for raw, unfiltered honey when buying orange blossom. Many brands add artificial flavors, which can be identified easily if the honey smells perfumed.

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Sage

Good for: Tea, baking or serving with bread and pastries

Where to buy: Honey Pacifica

Sage honey is light-colored, but it has a heavier body than other light honey varieties. It’s mild but sweet, making it a good all-around honey. Sage honey is slow to crystallize, so it’s often blended with other types off honey to slow the process.

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Tupelo

Good for: Tea, serving on biscuits or drizzling over ice cream

Where to buy: Savannah Bee Company

Tupelo honey is sweeter than most honey, with a pleasant buttery flavor, a smooth texture and a faint green glow. It’s a rare variety, as it’s only harvested in Southeastern U.S. swamps once a year. It tends to be more expensive than most honey, so enjoy it in applications where its flavor can really be appreciated.

Lindsay D. Mattison
Lindsay has been writing for digital publications for seven years and has 10 years of experience working as a professional chef. She became a full-time food writer at Taste of Home in 2023, although she’s been a regular contributor since 2017. Throughout her career, Lindsay has been a freelance writer and recipe developer for multiple publications, including Wide Open Media, Tasting Table, Mashed and SkinnyMs. Lindsay is an accomplished product tester and spent six years as a freelance product tester at Reviewed (part of the USA Today network). She has tested everything from cooking gadgets to knives, cookware sets, meat thermometers, pizza ovens and more than 60 grills (including charcoal, gas, kamado, smoker and pellet grills). Lindsay still cooks professionally for pop-up events, especially when she can highlight local, seasonal ingredients. As a writer, Lindsay loves sharing her skills and experience with home cooks. She aspires to motivate others to gain confidence in the kitchen. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her cooking with fresh produce from the farmers market or planning a trip to discover the best new restaurants.