Four Delicious Honey Varietals

by Vicky on April 30, 2012

in Honey Varietals

You may have come across different types and colors of honey while browsing at the grocery store. This is because honey comes in a wide array of varieties, also known as varietals.

As the busy honeybee goes from flower to flower gathering nectar, the honey varietal is being determined. The honey type is named after the bloom from which it’s nectar was derived. This means that the always popular, Clover Honey is made from the nectar of clover flowers.

Sometimes bees will frequent the same type of flower, resulting in single source honey, or honey that is made from the nectar of one distinct flower class. Single origin honey often has a unique taste, color and aroma that can be attributed to its particular flower type. When bees visit many different flowers, such as wildflowers, the honey created is a delicious floral blend.

Honey varietals are very similar to wine varietals in that climate plays a huge role. A honey flavor made from the same flowers and the same locations may change slightly from year to year due to climate change. Temperature and rainfall can affect the nectar flavor which in turn, will affect the flavor, aroma and color of the honey.

At Anna’s Honey we offer up to five honey varietals at any given time throughout the year. These are Wildflower, Clover, Blackberry, Raspberry and Fireweed. Currently we have four varieties available, as our Fireweed Honey is out of stock.

Our Wildflower honey is our floral blend honey created with nectar from wildflower blooms. All of our other honeys are considered single origin. Each of our honeys has a distinct color and flavor ranging from light and mild to dark and bold. Check out the picture above to see the range of honey colors.

In the coming weeks I will highlight each of our honey varietals and give a little more insight into their unique characteristics. Until then, let us know what your favorite honey varietal is and why!



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

fred July 26, 2012 at 11:11 am

why do you sell honey in these ridiculous containers? it is so Hard to remove all the honey! Sorry, I am used to Canadian and european creamed honey that is sold in logical containers, like margarine.


Vicky July 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Hi Fred, I’m sorry that you find our Creamed Honey packaging to be a challenge. Perhaps a small rubber spatula would do the trick?

Thank you for your input – we are always happy to hear customer opinions and feedback!


Kanami August 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

When I was a little girl, we had 5 beihvees. We had no fear and we dipped into the hives every day. I’ll never forget the taste of that fresh honey straight from the comb! Now, I buy the best honey in the world. I put it on my oatmeal every day. I use it everywhere that a sweetener is required. Honey is the best whole food we can eat!


Terri October 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

I ONLY buy Anna’s honey and was disappointed at my latest trip to Whole Foods to find they were out of Fireweed! From the first day I tried it, I was hooked and nothing compares to the unique taste. After having a delightful and informative discussion with an employee from Anna’s a few years ago, I understand the Fireweed history and why it’s not always available. It would be SO helpful if you could keep us updated on the status – maybe when you’re getting low and how long before you might expect to have more. At least for me, I could prepare by stocking up on extra Fireweed or using less in my tea! Thanks for a great and very high quality product.


Vicky October 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

Hi Terri,

Thanks for getting in touch with us. We are always happy to hear about customer experience and how we can better serve you.

I’m so glad that you are a fan of our Fireweed Honey! That being said, I am not so happy to report that we are out of stock on this product and will be for the rest of the season. It is also unclear if we will be able to offer it in the future. I apologize as I know that it is an excellent type of honey and I know how disappointing it can be to find a favorite product unavailable. I do hope that you would be willing to give one of our other delicious honey varietals a try.

We will be sending out a special offer via our Email List during the second week of November. This would be a great time to try a new varietal at a reduced price. If you haven’t already signed up, you can do so here:

Again, I apologize for this news. But I thank you for your kind words and for being our customer. Please let me know if there is any other way I can assist you.

Anna’s Honey


Terri February 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

Hey Vicky, just checking back on the status of the fireweed. Also was wondering if you could clarify what the season is for harvesting fireweed. I figure I could watch for it at certain times of the year. Thanks for all your help.


Vicky February 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Hi again Terri,

I am sorry to report that we will no longer be carrying the Fireweed Honey. Our supply was really hit and miss this past season and it looks like we will not be able to provide it in the future. I apologize for this disappointing news. But I hope that you will try one of our other four varietals. If you really are stuck on the Fireweed variety, I recommend trying another supplier. Again, my apologies. Thank you for being an Anna’s Honey customer and I wish you a great week!

Anna’s Honey


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