Types of honey refers not to the flavor alone of a honey, but how it is
produced. For example, Comb honey, filtered honet, raw honey, pasteurized
honey, etc, are all different types of honey. Below is a description of each
type of honey and its best uses. If you are looking for
descriptions of the many different
flavors of honey (sych as, orange bl;ossom, acaia, euculytus, etc., see this
- Blended Honey – a mixture of two or more
types of honey from different varieties of flowers. Blended
honeys are very common in grovcery stores. They are often
blended to produce a uniform flavor, color and viscosity.
- Honeydew Honey – honeydew is a nectar made
from "honeydew" the secretions of insects that suck plants. Bees
gather the honeydew off the insects. Honeydew honey typically
has a strong flavor and many claims are made for its health
- Monofloral Honey – honey made when the bees
collect nectar from a single flower source. Such as a hive
located in a Organge tree grove, or in a clover field.
- Organic Honey – In the U.S. the NOP
- Polyfloral Honey – the honey comes from the
nectar of more than one flower sources. Wildflower honey
is usually a polyfloral honey..
Heating and pasteurization
Honey can be raw or heated to destroy pathogens, just like with
- Pasteurized honey - has been heated and
strained to kill bacteria such as botulism
- Raw Honey – This is unprocessed honey or honey that hasn’t
been heated above 120 degrees. This type of honey may have
pollen or beeswax particles.
Honey can be filtered to different levels... or not at all.
Most people prefer some level of filtration to remove dirt and
- Filtered Honey - honey that has been filtered to the extent
that all or most of the fine particles, pollen grains, air
bubbles, or other materials normally found in suspension, have
- Strained honey - honey that has been strained to the extent
that most of the particles, including comb, wax, propolis, or
other defects normally found in honey, have been removed. Grains
of pollen, small air bubbles, and very fine particles would not
normally be removed. This type of honey is usually a bit cloudy
looking due to the natural particals being present.
- Ultrafiltered honey – Ultrafiltered honey is the kind you
will find in the supermarket. It has been stripped of its pollen
grains and beeswax particles. This honey is heated to allow it
to pass through fine filtering equipment. This results in a
clear honey. It will crystallize more slowly. This type of honey
doesn’t have the valuable enzymes that make honey so special
Physical types of honey
- Chunk Honey – This is liquid honey that has a chunk of
honeycomb added to the jar.
- Comb Honey – This honey is contained in the honeybee’s wax
comb and it makes a beautiful presentation. The comb is actually
- Creamed honey - a blend of one part
granulated honey and nine parts liquid honey that is stored at
about 57 degrees until it becomes firm.
- Crystallized honey - Crystallized honey is
a solid, granulated or crystallized, Looks like an amber sugar
- Liquid honey - Liquid honey is honey that
is free from visible crystals.
- Partially crystallized honey - a mixture of
liquid honey and crystallized honey.
- Whipped Honey – This is honey that has been deliberately
crystallized so that it can be churned. It is very creamy and
spreadable at this point. Another name for whipped honey is
creamed honey, spun or churned honey.