There are many different kinds of honey. And they are all very distinctly different. Next time you are at the farmers’ market or the supermarket, look at the honeys carried in the honey section. Commonly you will find clover, orange blossom, wildflower, sage, pearl, manuka, buckwheat, and many many more. There are too many to list. Sometimes these differences result from the bees foraging in different crops. Other times, nature plays a more direct hand.
Honey quality comes as much from the plants as it does from the bees. These vials of honey in the photo above, for instance, came from the same bees in the same location. So why do they look so different? Well, they not only look different, but they taste very different. This comes from the time of year, the season, in which the honey was made.
As the seasons change, so do the flowers. Bees must constantly search for those flowers still producing treasured pollen and nectar.
The season is an important factor. This of course make sense if you consider how honey is made. The bees make honey, primarily out of two ingredients: pollen and nectar. These things they obtain from flowers. But if you paid any attention at all, there are not always the same flowers around at different times of year. For example, around here, in the summer, the fields are full of lavender flowers. And on each plant, you will see hundreds of bees drinking the sweet nectar and collecting pollen. However, return in a few months, and the lavender are dormant. Not a flower to be found. But on a sunny day, the bees still work. You will find them in the winter foraging from the rosemary. Or in the springtime, an abundance of wildflowers abound. As these changes happen, the bees collect the different pollens and nectars and bring them home to make completely different honeys.
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In the samples above, the very light honeys were made from wildflowers. The very dark in the dead of winter. And the golden honey during the lavender bloom. Eating the different honeys is experiencing the seasonal flora of the area. Literally tasting the seasons. Carmel Lavender apiaries are in unique areas. Located in Oak Savanah next to chaparral burgeoning with chamise and wild sage, the bees diligently collect the best that Carmel Valley has to offer in making Carmel Bee honey.
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