The most popular and the predominant type of honey in the US is the alfalfa honey also known as lucerne honey. About 40% of the worldly production is covered by North America, with considerable production shared by Argentina, Canada, Russia, Italy, and China.
Other honeys in the US include basswood, blackberry, buckwheat, citrus honey, clover, all of which present distinct characteristics, chemical composition and health benefits. Let’s check them out.
- Basswood honey
Basswood was the most popular type of honey for a very long time. The tree blossoms in late spring to early summer and its flowers are commonly used for therapeutic purposes, including flu and cold treatment, infections, inflammation and muscle spasms.
Basswood honey color is white to pale yellow and the flavor, fresh woody with a hint of mint. It is one of the sweetest honeys.
Basswood honey contains about 400 substances and compounds, including maltose, vitamin B, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, copper, linolenic acid and minerals.
- Blackberry honey
Blackberries are some of the most nutritious fruits and beekeepers believe the honey that they produce is equally nutritious.
Blackberry honey is smooth and delicate with a relatively thick consistency and golden color. Because it is found predominantly in the mountain area, blackberry honey is considered one of the most pure honeys.
Containing minerals and vitamins such as B2, B5, B6, vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and iron, blackberry honey has antioxidant properties, antibacterial benefits and can be used for treating respiratory diseases, stress, hypertension and anemia.
- Buckwheat honey
Grown in various places in the US, such as New York, Wisconsin, Ohio and Minnesota, buckwheat itself is a rich source of various nutrients, including dietary fiber, protein, vitamin B, niacin, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, all of which buckwheat honey also contains.
Buckwheat honey color is dark to almost black and the aroma is strong and distinct. It is one of the most robust honeys and it has strong antioxidant properties along with antibacterial benefits and antitumor effects.
- Citrus honey
Is produced in Florida, Southern California, Texas and Arizona in the US and is a very light honey, almost white in color and with a floral aroma.
Citrus honey is known for containing caffeine, however in a very small amount, even smaller than decaffeinated coffee. It is also one of the most popular honeys because it is extremely aromatic.
This type of honey contains about 61 compounds and it is very effective in treating sleep disorders, rebuilding muscle tissues, and improving sleep.
- Clover honey
Another very popular honey in the US is clover honey that is produced from the different kinds of clover flowers.
The honey usually has a light color and a delicate aroma and is very sweet. It has a range of therapeutic properties, including depurative, expectorant, diuretic and antiseptic. Clover honey is commonly used to sweeten teas.