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Top 54 Best Natural Honey

Posted on: August 18, 2020, edit by Jason
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Natural honey does not undergo any processing and does not have any additives. It is mature honey brewed by bees themselves. Because the crystalline honey is not processed, its nutrient components are not lost, and it maintains the proper nutritional activity of honey.

According to different sources of honey, there are countless types of honey. Now I will introduce 54 types of best honey.

1. Honey of various flowers

Honey of various flowers is brewed by bees (usually Chinese bees) collecting a variety of nectars. Compared with single nectar (a certain nectar accounted for more than 80%), honey of various flowers has more comprehensive nutrients, so it is also sought after and favored by consumers.

2. Citrus Honey 

Citrus honey is brewed by bees collecting citrus nectar. This natural honey is white or light amber, with a sweet and slightly acid taste. It has a unique citrus fragrance, and the crystals are creamy white granules. It is a typical honey species in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The main components of citrus honey are similar to those of regular honey. The main components are glucose and fructose. It also contains sucrose, organic acids, volatile oil, active enzymes, pollen grains and minerals. Sugars in citrus honey account for about 72.17%. The glucose content is about 28.56%, and the fructose content is about 43.62%. Unlike regular honey, citrus honey contains a lot of vitamin C.

3. Sesame Honey

Sesame honey is brewed by bees collecting sesame nectar. The source of nectar is sesame, an annual upright herb of the genus Flax family. The fresh honey is sticky and has a shiny amber color, and after crystallization, it will be light yellow or yellowish granules.

4. Scrophulariaceae honey

Scrophulariaceae honey is brewed by honeybees collecting scrophulariaceae nectar. The source of honey is scrophulariaceae, a tall herbaceous plant of the scrophulariaceae family. The fresh honey has a thick texture with shiny deep amber or deep red color, which will change to light brown coarse granules after crystallization.

5. Yebazi Honey

Yebazi honey is brewed by bees collecting Yebazi nectar. The source of the nectar is the shrub-like herb of the genus Laminariaceae, Yebazi. The fresh honey has a thick texture and shiny light amber color, and it will turn into pale yellow or yellow-white fine particles after crystallization.

6. Ivy tree bark honey

Ivy tree bark is brewed by honeybees collecting ivy tree bark nectar. The nectar source is Araliaceae Schefflera, an evergreen plant ivy tree bark. The fresh honey is thick and transparent with shiny light amber color and is easy to crystallize. After crystallization, it becomes milky white fine particles.

7. Wild Rose Honey

Wild rose honey is brewed by bees collecting the nectar of wild roses. The nectar source plant is the deciduous shrub of Rosaceae. The fresh honey is thick and has a shiny amber color. After crystallization, it becomes yellowish fine particles or grease-like crystals.

8. Lavender Honey

Lavender honey is brewed by honeybees collecting lavender nectar. The source of the nectar is the small shrub lavender of the Lamiaceae Lavender. The fresh honey is thick and has a shiny light yellow color, and after crystallization, it becomes creamy-yellow and grease-like fine particles.

9. Acacia Honey

Acacia honey is brewed by bees collecting acacia tree nectar. The source of the honey is the legume Robinia locust deciduous tree acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia). The fresh honey is transparent and yellowish (pure acacia honey is almost as transparent as water) and is not easy to crystallize. Occasionally there are fine granular crystals that are milky white.

10. Tung Blossom Honey

Tung nectar is brewed by honeybees collecting tung tree nectar. The source of nectar is tung tree, paulownia, sycamore, etc. of the deciduous tree of the genus Euphorbia. Occasionally there’re light yellow crystals being grease-like or granular.

11. Spike Honey

Spike honey is brewed by bees collecting the nectar of Spike thorn. The source of nectar is the leguminous Sophora shrub or small tree Spike (white thorn flower). The fresh honey is thick and has shiny light amber color (slightly green), it can quickly crystallize into fine and white gelatinous crystals under low temperature environment.

12. Platycodon Honey

Platycodon honey is one kind of natural honey brewed by honeybees collecting platycodon grandiflorum flower nectar. The source of the nectar is a perennial herbaceous plant of the Campanulaceae genus Platycodon grandiflorum or a plant of the same genus. The fresh honey is thick and has shiny light amber or light yellow color. After crystallization, it becomes milky white crystals being grease-like or granular.

13. Cynanchum komarovii Honey

Old melon head honey is brewed by honeybees collecting cynanchum komarovii nectar. The source of nectar is the cynanchum komarovii of the erect sub-shrub of Asclepiaceae. The fresh honey is viscous, transparent and shiny light amber. It has dark yellow coarse particles with hard texture after crystallization.

14. Dandelion Honey

Dandelion honey is brewed by honeybees collecting dandelion nectar. The source of honey is dandelion, a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the genus Taraxacum of the Compositae family. The fresh honey has a thick texture and shiny light amber or yellowish color. After crystallization, the grease-like crystals are creamy yellow or light yellow.

15. Chinese nutgall honey

Chinese nutgall honey is brewed by honeybees collecting nectar from Chinese nutgall. The source of nectar is Galla chinensis or a plant of the same genus. The fresh honey has a thick texture and shiny amber or dark amber color, and turns pale yellow after crystallization. After crystallization, there are light yellow grease-like crystals or fine particles.

16. Apocynum Honey

Apocynum nectar is brewed by bees collecting apocynum venetum nectar. The source of nectar is apocynum. This fresh natural honey is viscous, translucent and has shiny amber color, and it is pale yellow after crystallization.

 17. Cumin Honey

Cumin honey is brewed by bees collecting cumin nectar. The source of nectar is cumin, an annual herb of Nepeta in the Lamiaceae family. The fresh honey is thick and has shiny amber or dark amber color, but it is light yellow after crystallization.

18. Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is brewed by honeybees collecting manuka nectar. The source of nectar is Manuka, a shrub of the Myrtle family. The fresh honey has a thick texture and shiny yellow-brown or dark amber color. Light yellow or bright yellow grease-like particles can be seen after crystallization. It is favored by people for its loads of manuka honey benefits.

19. Scoliid honey

Scoliid honey is one kind of natural honey brewed by Chinese bees collecting wild flowers, and has been a natural and nutritious food favored by people since ancient times. Before the introduction of Italian bees and other western bees, China only had native honey. The honey recorded in Chinese historical documents all refers to Scoliid honey.

20. Orange Blossom Honey

Orange blossom honey is brewed by honeybees collecting orange tree nectar. The nectar source plants are orange, tangerine, pomelo, etc., which are the evergreen plants of the Rutaceae family. The fresh honey is thick and shiny light amber. There’re crystals occasionally which is yellowish coarse granular.

21. Coptis honey

Coptis honey is brewed by bees collecting the nectar of Coptis chinensis. The source of nectar is Coptis chinensis, a perennial herb belonging to the genus Coptis in the Ranunculaceae. The fresh honey is thick and has a transparent light amber or yellowish color.

22. Astragalus Honey

Astragalus honey is brewed by honeybees collecting astragalus nectar. The nectar source is a perennial herb of the leguminous Astragalus genus. The production areas are concentrated in Sichuan, Gansu, Inner Mongolia and other places. The fresh honey has a sticky texture and a shiny light amber color, easy to crystallize. And after crystallization, there are milky white coarse particles in this natural honey.

23. Huoxiang Honey

Huoxiang honey is brewed by honeybees collecting Huoxiang nectar. The source of nectar is patchouli or a plant of the same genus, which is an herbaceous plant of the Lamiaceae family. The production areas are concentrated in Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong and other places. The fresh honey has a thick texture and shiny amber color. The crystals will be white or yellowish granular after crystallization.

24. Salvia honey

Salvia miltiorrhiza honey is brewed by honeybees collecting salvia miltiorrhiza nectar. The source of the honey is salvia miltiorrhiza, a perennial herb belonging to the genus Salvia of the Lamiaceae family. The fresh honey has a thick texture and a shiny dark amber color, with occasional crystals that are light yellow grease-like or fine granular.

25. Lespedeza honey

Lespedeza nectar is brewed by honeybees collecting the nectar of Lespedeza. The source of nectar is Lespedeza or the plant of the same genus. The fresh honey has a sticky texture and a shiny, light amber color. It is easy to crystallize and appears milky white grease after crystallization.

 26. Peppermint Honey

Mint honey is made by honeybees collecting mint nectar. The source of nectar is the perennial herb mint of the Lamiaceae family or the same plant. The fresh natural honey has thick texture and is shiny amber or reddish, and occasional crystals are creamy-yellow grease-like or fine granular.

Peppermint honey is a characteristic honey produced in the northwest region. Its most representative nutrients are monosaccharides and volatile oils. Among them, monosaccharides can replenish a large amount of energy substances for the human body, while volatile oils have sedative, calming, and sleep aid effects.

27. Linden Honey

Linden honey is brewed by bees collecting the nectar of Linden trees. The source of nectar is Linden, Tilia arbores and lindens, etc. The fresh honey is thick and transparent, and has a light amber color, after crystallization It is milky white or light creamy yellow grease.

28. Clover Honey

Clover honey is brewed by honeybees collecting sweet clover nectar. The source of nectar is the biennial leguminous herb Melilotus officinalis or the same genus. The fresh honey has a thick texture and shiny light amber color, and occasionally crystals appear as milky white and grease-like at low temperature .

29. Honeycomb Honey

Honeycomb honey is mature honey that honeybees collect nectar and fully brew it. The appearance is mostly regular or irregular semi-solid, and the color is generally light yellow, yellow or brown. Crystals occasionally appear in low temperature environments, and the structure is soft, light yellow solid.

Almost all honey bee products can be found in comb honey. The main components are honey (the main components are glucose and fructose) and beeswax (the main components are esters, acids and Alcohol), it still contains a small amount of royal jelly, propolis, bee pollen, bee cocoon and other bee products. In fact, honeycomb honey is also a more nutritious food than regular honey.

30. Apple Honey

Apple honey is brewed by honeybees collecting nectar from apple trees. The nectar source plant is the deciduous apple tree of the genus Rosaceae. It is mainly produced in northern regions such as Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Liaoning, but it is not familiar with the public because of the narrow and concentrated geographical distribution.

31. Russianolive flower honey

Russianolive flower honey is made by honeybees collecting the nectar of russianolive flower. It is completely different from the nectar of jujube. Among them, the nectar plant of jujube nectar is the deciduous small tree of Rhamnaceae, and the nectar plant of jujube It is a small deciduous tree of Elaeagnus family Elaeagnus.

32. Loquat Honey

Loquat honey is made by honeybees collecting loquat nectar. It is mainly produced in southern regions such as Anhui, Fujian, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. It has a sweet taste and a strong almond fragrance. It is also known as the best of three major winter honeys in China due to its high quality.

33. Tianshan Snow Honey

Honey is collected by bees from plant nectar and repeatedly brewed. It has different classifications due to different bee species and nectar plants, such as acacia honey, date nectar, linden honey, etc. Among them, the linden honey is white as snow after crystallization, so it is called Tianshan Snow honey.

34. Buckwheat Honey

Buckwheat honey is a typical autumn nectar. The source of nectar is buckwheat, an herbaceous plant of the Polygonaceae family. The fresh honey is mostly dark amber, with a sweet and grease-like taste and a strong aftertaste, but it has a nasal irritating smell (odor). And it is relatively easy to crystallize and after crystallization, the crystalline particles are coarser.

 35. Motherwort Honey

Motherwort honey is brewed by honeybees collecting the nectar of Motherwort (an herbaceous plant in the Lamiaceae). The honey is light amber or reddish and has a light motherwort scent. The taste is sweet after slight bitterness. It is easy to crystallize and the crystals are delicate.

36. Wild Chrysanthemum Honey

Wild chrysanthemum honey is brewed by honey bees collecting the nectar of wild chrysanthemum (an herbaceous plant of the compositae family). The honey is amber or deep amber, with a light scent of wild chrysanthemum. The taste is sweet after slight bitterness. It is easy to crystallize and the crystals are yellowish.

37. Schisandra honey

Schisandra honey is brewed by honey bees from the nectar of Schisandra (the octagonal vine). The color is mostly dark red, with a slight schisandra aroma. The taste is moderately sweet. It is easy to crystallize and the crystals are delicate and lard-like.

Schisandra honey also contains a certain amount of schisandrin (calming the mind and the nerves), malic acid (the effect of detoxification and beauty) and citric acid (the effect of antibacterial and phlegm) and other ingredients.

38. Alfalfa Honey

Alfalfa honey is brewed by honeybees collecting alfalfa (legumes) nectar. The color is white or light amber. It has the unique aroma of alfalfa flowers and has a particularly sweet and pure taste. It usually crystallizes in the next year and is fine and smooth after crystallization.

39. Cotton Honey

Cotton honey is made from honeydew and nectar of cotton (Malvaceae) collected by bees. The color is transparent and light amber, the fragrance is light and has a lactic acid taste, and the taste is sweet and slightly astringent. It is easy to crystallize and the crystalline particles are relatively coarse.

40. Albizia Honey

Albizia julibrissin is brewed by honeybees collecting the nectar of Albizia julibrissin (legume deciduous tree). The color is generally amber, and the texture is thick and shiny. It has the fragrance of Albizia flower, the taste is sweet and delicious, and it is easy to crystallize and the crystal particles are fine.

The nectar source of albizia honey is the Albizia julibrissin, a deciduous tree of the genus Leguminous Albizia, whose main components are glucose and fructose (the main components of all honeys are glucose and fructose).

41. Black Bee Honey

Black bee honey is a special product of Xinjiang and Northeast China. Xinjiang dark honey is brewed by Xinjiang Black Bee (Russian Black Bee), while Northeast Black Honey is made by Northeast Black Bee (the only local fine bee species in China).

42. Wolfberry Honey

Wolfberry honey is brewed by honey bees from the nectar of Lycium barbarum (Solanaceae deciduous shrub). The color is mostly light amber, the texture is relatively thick, the taste is sweet, and it is milky white after crystallization and the crystal particles are fine. The quantity is very rare, so it is a precious natural honey.

43. Codonopsis Honey

Codonopsis honey is brewed by honey bees from the nectar of Codonopsis (an herbaceous plant of the Campanulaceae). The honey is amber color, thick in texture, sweet and fragrant, and not easy to crystallize. Because of its unique efficacy and sweet taste, it is known as "Top grade Honey" .

Compared to other honey, Codonopsis honey has higher fructose and iron content, among which fructose can help relieve fatigue, and iron can relieve iron deficiency anemia.

44. Longan Honey

Longan honey is brewed by honey bees from the nectar of the longan tree (the evergreen tree of the Sapindus family). The honey is amber in color, has a strong longan fragrance, and is less likely to crystallize. It is known as "honey of fine quality" because of its rich nutrition and sweet taste.

The protein contained in longan honey is the highest among all single flower nectars in China, and the content of mineral iron and potassium in longan honey is also extremely rich.

45. Jujube Honey

Jujube nectar is brewed by honey bees from the nectar of jujube trees (small arbor of the Rhamnaceae). It is not only relatively popular honey in China, but also a honey species highly regarded by consumers.

46. Lychee Honey

Lychee honey is brewed by bees collecting the nectar of lychee (Sappinaceae arbor). The honey is amber and has a strong scent of lychee flowers. The taste is aromatic and sweet with a slight sour taste of lychee fruit. It is not easy to crystallize due to high fructose content in this natural honey.

47. Rape Nectar 

Rapeseed nectar is brewed by bees collecting the nectar of rape (cruciferous herb). The fresh nectar is light amber and slightly turbid, and has a moderately sweet taste and the aroma of rape blossoms. It is easy to crystallize and becomes milky white, fine particles after crystallization.

The most representative ingredients are flavonols and phytosterols. Flavonols have a health care effect on chronic prostatitis, while phytosterols can prevent and treat prostate diseases.

48. Sunflower Honey

Sunflower nectar is brewed by honeybees collecting sunflower (composite herb) nectar. The fresh nectar is light amber or golden yellow, with a moderately sweet taste, light scent and turbid odor. It is easy to crystallize, and will be light yellow fine grains after crystallization.

49. Milk Vetch Honey

Milk vetch honey is brewed by honeybees collecting vetch (legume herb) nectar. The fresh honey has a light amber color, a sweet but not grease-like taste, a fresh and pleasant grass fragrance, white and fine crystal particles. It is mainly produced in southern and southwestern China.

50. Chinese Tallow Honey

Tallow honey is brewed by honeybees collecting the nectar of tallow trees (deciduous trees of the Euphorbiaceae). The fresh honey is amber, slightly sweet and acidic, easy to crystallize and crystals is similar to white sugar particles. It is mainly produced in southern China.

And different from regular honey, the content of antioxidants in Chinese tallow honey ranks second only to Elaeocarpus honey among all kinds of honeys.

51. Eucalyptus Honey

Eucalyptus honey is brewed by honeybees collecting the nectar of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Myrtaceae). The fresh honey is amber in color and has a special eucalyptus flower fragrance. It is easy to crystallize and the crystal is dark yellow. It is mainly produced in southern and southwestern China.

Different from regualr honey, eucalyptus honey also contains a lot of eucalyptol (colorless grease-like liquid, smells a bit like camphor, can be used to prepare toothpaste, flavor, etc.), which causes the eucalyptus honey to smell pungent, but after a period of storage, it will gradually reduce.

52. Wild Osmanthus Honey

Wild sweet-scented osmanthus nectar is brewed by honey bees collected from the nectar of ash tree (camellia shrub). The highest quality honey is water white (mostly orange), and it tastes fresh, sweet and refreshing. It is currently only available in a few provinces in southern China There is a small amount of production in a few areas.

The mineral components are the best in all sorts of honey. The most representative components are chrysanthemum glycosides and enzymes. Chrysanthemum glycosides have the effects of lowering blood sugar and blood pressure, while enzymes such as digestive enzymes and amylases are catalyst for multiple reactions.

53. Saussure Lotus Honey

Saussure lotus honey is brewed by bees collecting the nectar of vetch (legume herb). The fresh honey is light amber or milky white, with a delicate smell and sweet taste. It is easier to crystallize and is as white as snow and Saussure when crystallized, so this natural honey is named Snow Fat Lotus Honey.

54. Vitex Honey

Vitex nectar is made by honeybees collecting nectar from Vitex negundo (deciduous shrubs of the Verbenaceae family). It is called the Four Honeys together with jujube nectar, acacia nectar and lychee nectar. The fresh nectar is light amber, sweet and slightly sour, and easy to crystallize. And it was milky white after crystallization.

Conclusion:

After seeing so many kinds of natural honey, is it very exciting? If you have interest in them, you might as well buy some and try it! And if you are a honey lover or beekeeper and want to determine whether the honey in your hand is pure natural honey, you can conduct a honey test.

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