Why Not All Honeys Are The Same Color
By Sarah Mohamed
There are 20,000 different species of bees across the world that serve important jobs as pollinators, but honeybees produce the largest quantities of honey. There are seven species of honeybees, all under the genus Apis, but bumblebees and stingless bees produce small amounts of honey as well.
There are many types of honey, and what makes them unique is the plant that the bees drank the nectar from. While honey at the supermarket is heavily processed, unfiltered raw honey can vary significantly in both taste and color, determined by the qualities of the nectar from the flowers.
In general, lighter honey is milder in flavor, while darker honey is bolder. For example, orange blossom honey is golden and has a delicate floral taste with citrus undertones, while Acacia honey is actually made from black locust trees, also called false acacia, and is almost transparent in color.