What Color is Honey? It Depends.
If your algorithm is anything like ours, and we’re guessing it is since we’re all a bunch of bee-lovers, you’ve probably been served fall foliage content from the most beautiful places in America. And sure, you could go visit New England, Oregon, and Colorado — but you could also visit them right from your pantry.
See, honey has its own ecological fingerprint depending on where it’s made. Wine sommeliers may be making up everything about terroir but trust us: honey actually does have a local flavor.
Honeys from different regions are different colors, so if you’re asking yourself “What color is honey?” you’ve might’ve found there’s no right answer. Honey changes with the seasons and with local pollen sources. Some honeys are light gold, and some super dark, like molasses. That’s a fact you can use to show off at Friendsgiving.
Anyways, now that you have a fun fact (you’re welcome), let’s break down our favorite honeys from picturesque places.
New England's honey combines the beauty of its fall foliage with Tom Brady and the Patriots' legendary six Super Bowl wins in every drop. The honey has a light amber hue with hints of berries and a smooth flavor. New England's rich landscape, which has diverse floral sources, subtly shows up in this honey's taste. We love this varietal because it's like a crisp autumn day and makes us want to throw a Tea Party in Boston.
Oregon has lush forests and lots of flowers (think Edward and Bella in the meadow from Twilight), which makes its honey darker in color and super smooth. You’ll taste earthy undertones and subtle floral hints, made extra special by notes of berries and clover. This honey is complex – just like Rosalie Cullen.
Colorado honey takes on a lighter golden hue, with a delicate floral flavor derived from local wildflowers. It's delicious and mild, perfect for those who appreciate a gentle sweetness. At higher elevations, the shorter growing season leads to sweeter, more concentrated flavor. Also, the cinnamon notes remind us of a cozy fall day. It’s very mellow, kind of like Colorado’s local population.
Our travel tip of the season? Save on airfare by letting the bees do all the flying for you. #TreatYoSelf to a tasting tour in your PJs of these three varietals and savor the beauty of autumn before winter puts us all into hibernation.