What Is the Best Honey in the World?
It is estimated that there are over 300 types of honey available in the world. Many of these are only available from artisanal honey farmers because they can’t be produced commercially. With the plight of the honeybee attracting global attention many have rediscovered the value of craft honey.
In this article, we present the top ten best kinds of honey in the world ranked in order with descriptions.
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand. It is harvested from the blooms of Manuka trees that grow abundantly there. It is very rare honey because the Manuka trees bloom for just a few weeks each year. Manuka has both antiviral and antibacterial properties. Its healing abilities come from methylglyoxal (MGO). Because Manuka honey has high concentrations of MGO, it is one of the healthiest kinds of honey on the planet. Manuka is a dark honey with a slightly bitter taste.
Sourwood honey is award-winning and internationally recognized. It comes from the Appalachian Mountain region of the United States. It has a low natural sucrose level. Because of this, it does not crystallize. Sourwood honey is light amber in color. The taste is like caramel with gingerbread.
Acacia honey comes from the blossoms of the Acacia tree. Acacia trees are native to the United States but are now found abundantly throughout Europe because the tree was imported there. Acacia is light-colored mild honey. The taste is sweet with a hint of vanilla.
Tupelo honey comes from the white blossoms of the Tupelo Gum tree. These trees are found in the swamps along the Apalachicola and Chipola rivers in Florida and Georgia. Due to its low natural sucrose level, pure Tupelo honey will not crystallize. It is light-colored honey with a slightly green hue caused by the green pollens of the Tupelo tree. The flavor is mild and fruity with a buttery finish.
Basswood honey comes from the yellowish-white blossoms for the Basswood or Linden tree. Basswood trees grow throughout the United States Mid-west. Basswood honey is light golden in color. It has a mild buttery flavor with a hint of lime at the finish.
Sage honey comes from the purple flowers of the clary sage plant. Sage is most abundant on the United States West Coast from California to Oregon. Sage honey is very light in color making it almost transparent. It resists crystallizing. The flavor is like bubble gum.
Leatherwood honey is unique to Tasmania. This is where the Leatherwood tree grows with its white blooms. Leatherwood honey is unique in that it has a lightly spicy flavor. In addition, it is higher in antioxidants than typical honey. The Apimondia International Apicultural Congress named a leatherwood honey the best-tasting honey in the world in 2015.
Buckwheat honey comes from the white or pink blossoms of the Buckwheat plant. The Buckwheat plant is a cover crop. You find it used mostly in the Northern United States. Buckwheat is a dark honey with a robust flavor. It is high in antioxidants. The flavor is malty with a slightly bitter finish.
Avocado honey comes from the nectar of Avocado blossoms. Groves of Avocado trees are popular in California and South Florida where the climate is hot and humid. Avocado honey is dark and rich in antioxidants. The flavor is sweet and buttery with hints of molasses.
10. Orange Blossom
Orange Blossom honey comes from the white citrus blooms of Florida, California, and Texas. It is very mild honey with a light amber color. The flavor is very sweet with a hint of citrus.
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