The Richmond Register

September 17, 2013

Honey comes in different colors, tastes

By Sean Bessin
Extension Agent

RICHMOND — In the U.S. there are over 300 different kinds of honey, each developing from a different floral source.

Each kind of honey is unique in terms of its flavor and its color. The flavors vary because each floral source can have different levels of fructose, glucose and amino acids.

Several kinds of honey are available in Kentucky. Many of them vary in color from very clear and nearly transparent to very dark and opaque.

In the spring and early summer, there is a popular type of honey available in the bluegrass, locust honey.

Known for its very light and virtually translucent color, it can almost be a delicacy in the honey world. As the black locust trees bloom for only about 10 days a year, it makes for a very short season.Locust honey also is known for its very sweet, but delicate flavor.

Another type of honey that can be found throughout the bluegrass is clover honey. It is the most common for this area, and its color and flavor are what most people associate with “typical” honey.

Its color can also vary from translucent to an amber color, and is more often found to be a light to mid colored amber. Clover honey typically is mild in flavor and delicate, it is most often found on dinner tables.

Beekeepers can get clover honey through most of the summer, and white clover still provides the most to this areas beekeepers.

Another honey that can be found in parts of Kentucky, especially eastern, is sourwood honey. It is very distinctive in its aroma and flavor, and typically demands a premium for it.

Some refer to sourwood honey as having a sweet and spicy flavor, and it can sometimes have a delectable after taste. Its color can vary from light amber to mid amber.

Another type of honey you may find around here is wildflower honey. It often is from undefined sources and is a combination of many floral sources. It can range from light amber to very dark amber in color.

Being from many sources of flowers, it can also vary in taste.

All in all there should be a kind of honey out there for anyone, if these don’t suit you, try an exotic honey like orange blossom or buckwheat.

If you are still interested in learning more about bees or have an interest in beekeeping, you may attend the final Madison County Beekeepers Group meeting of the year 6 p.m. Monday at the Madison County Extension Office, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond.

To RSVP, call 623-4072. This will be a potluck meeting, so please bring a dish to share.

Fencing school scheduled for October

The Bluegrass Area Fencing School will be conducted at the Clark County Extension Office (1400 Fortune Drive, Winchester) on Oct. 16 and 17 (choose one date).

Topics covered will include: Electric Fencing Systems, Permanent Fencing Systems, Kentucky Fencing Laws, and Hands-On Permanent and Electric Fence Construction Workshops.

The cost is $25. To register, call the Madison County Extension Office, 623-4072.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.