Black Locust to Tupelo: 9 honeys made from Trees

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Bees need trees: from Black Locust to Tupelo

Did you know that bees make most of their living from trees? Trees such as the Black Locust are major sources of nectar, which honey bees transform into sweet honey.

According to the National Honey Board,

“There are more than 300 unique types of honey available in the United States, each originating from a different floral source. Space doesn’t allow us to list all 300 varieties so we’ve listed some of the more common.  As a general rule, the flavor of lighter colored honeys is milder, and the flavor of darker colored honeys is stronger.”

Plant trees for bees: Black Locust, Linden, Mesquite…all produce tasty honey

We want to encourage and support the planting of trees that are especially good forage for the Bees. The trees listed below are especially valuable to bees due to their abundant blooms, which attract local honeybees for pollination.  

The flavors of the honey produce are also listed below. Black Locust, for example, has a sweet flavor with a hint of vanilla. But remember, as with most experiences, what you get from the honey is subjective! You might taste vanilla but someone else may taste something a bit different.  

Comment below and tell us if you have a favorite honey.

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Black Locust or False Acacia

  • Region: Eastern North America
  • Honey color: Extra light
  • Honey flavor: Sweet, slightly acidic with hints of vanilla

Chestnut

  • Region: Honey can be produced from one species in the eastern US (Allegheny Chinkapin), but it otherwise from other countries including Europe, South Korea, and China
  • Honey color: Dark
  • Honey flavor: Strong, less sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste

Tupelo

  • Region: Southeastern United States
  • Honey Color: White or extra light amber
  • Honey flavor: Sweet with floral or fruity flavors

Linden (aka Basswood and Lime)

  • Region: [Eastern North America] U.S., Russia, China, UK
  • Honey Color: Greenish-yellow to light amber
  • Honey flavor: Aromatic, sometimes slightly spicy in taste

Tulip Poplar

  • Region: Southern New England to southern Michigan and South to the Gulf states east of the Mississippi
  • Honey color: Dark amber
  • Honey flavor: Not as strong as expected given it’s dark color

Palmetto

  • Region: North Carolina to Florida
  • Honey Color: Light amber to amber
  • Honey flavor: Full-bodied, herbal, woody

Sourwood

  • Region: Appalachian Mountains; Southern Pennsylvania to Northern Georgia
  • Honey color: Extra light to light amber
  • Honey flavor: Sweet, spicy, anise

Mesquite

  • Region: Southwestern United States
  • Honey color: White to dark amber
  • Honey flavor: Smoky, earthy

Chinese Tallow

  • Region: Southeastern states into Texas
  • Honey color: Dark amber
  • Honey flavor: Tangy