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     Types of Honey

Honey is believed to be good both for body and soul; as apart from being medically accepted, the importance of honey is also recognized by many religions. A newly born baby, for example, is given honey as its first bite of food. Medically, on the other hand, honey is helpful in treating various ailments and prevents the body from many diseases.

However, while buying honey, a few notice what is the kind and type of the honey they are choosing? Yes, it is true that there are a number of varieties of honey available in the market today! The cost and benefits may vary according to the type of honey. So, it is better to understand different types of honey and what is the difference between these.

Though, different companies have different varieties of honey; but, in this article, we will discuss some of the basic types of honey that most of companies offer. Normally, honeys are differentiated on some factors including the color, type of flowers from which honeybees collect the nectar, and the technique of formation. The taste of honey may vary from sweet to pungent, while the variation in color is seen from black to white.

Depending upon various factors, below are different types of honey:


1. Depending upon the number of flowers from which the nectar is collected:
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  • Mono-floral honey
When honeybees collect nectar only from one flower, the honey produced is known as the mono-floral honey. It is believed to be the best type of honey, as it contains properties of only one flower. Professional beekeepers usually make such arrangements so that honeybees have access to only particular flower from which they are intended to produce honey
  • Poly-floral honey
Poly-floral honey, on the other hand, is produced when honeybees have access to more than on flower and they collect nectar from different flowers and deposit in beehives. Sometimes, another type of honey is also available that is known as blended honey. Blended honey is simply a mixture or combination of different honeys.


2. Depending upon the type of formation

  • Comb Honey
  • Chunk Honey
  • Liquid Honey
  • Granulated Honey

  • Before discussing these types of honey, it is pertinent to know what exactly honeybees do to produce honey. The entire process involves a systematic array of activities which honeybees perform. Starting from the collection of nectar, it finishes with the honey as a product.
    After collecting nectar from flowers, honeybees reduce the moisture through evaporation. Then they add enzymes—change the composition. Next comes the conversion of certain complex sugars into simpler ones and conversion of sugar into gluconic acid that is required to give honey its taste. Then, after reducing the moisture to about 17%, honeybees fill the comb shells and seal them with a white material called bee-wax.


    After collecting nectar from flowers, honeybees reduce the moisture through evaporation. Then they add enzymes—change the composition. Next comes the conversion of certain complex sugars into simpler ones and conversion of sugar into gluconic acid that is required to give honey its taste. Then, after reducing the moisture to about 17%, honeybees fill the comb shells and seal them with a white material called bee-wax.

    So, if these combs are directly taken into use, the honey is known as comb type honey. Liquid honey is prepared by using honey extractor—honey is extracted with the help of centrifugal force. Granulated honey is the next type that is prepared by smoothly mixing nine parts of liquid honey with one part of finely granulated honey. Then, it is stored at about 57 degrees to make it rigid. And, chunk honey is produced by placing comb honey in a jar while pouring the liquid honey around it.

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