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Regional Honeys

In my article on varietal honeys, I listed lots of variations of honey based on the flower sources. But honey can also be unique based on where it comes from. The regional combination of flowers will affect the distinct flavor and identity of a honey.

Often it’s not even apparent which types of flowers the bees visited to make the honey, and the blend of flower sources will be different from hive to hive, even if the hives are right next to each other. And it’s the blend, that unique combination of flowers that defines the “vintage” of a regional honey: it’s unique to that place, that season, that year.

And the region can be anywhere – as long as there are flowers blooming. Southern France, Tuscany, New Zealand and Hawaii are some of the popular places to make honey (you can find these in your local gourmet food shops). Recently, there’s been an increased interest in urban beekeeping. Some people even think that urban honey makes better honey.

Grampa’s Gourmet honeys come from the beautiful San Luis Valley, in Colorado, as well as from as far south as Rodeo, New Mexico (our Desert Wildflower Honey is from there).

Here is a random assortment of links of some of US urban honey locations:

Here’s an interesting honey company in Minnesota, and another one near the Glacier National Park.

Here’s a link to an amazing bee photographer who travels the world taking pictures of bee hives and their locations.

The variations by regions are endless!