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Taste Test: A Lesson in Honey Flavours

Forget wine tasting—honey is the new flavour frontier.


Depending on the nectar source, the taste (and colour and texture) of honey can vary wildly. Grab a few jars and find your favourite.


A classic Canadian honey; what you’ll often find in grocery stores. A mild, cinnamon-y taste and a light amber hue.


Honey collected from a plant’s blossom won’t necessarily taste like the fruit grown by that plant. Case in point: blueberry honey, which has a brown sugar-like finish.


Wildflower honey—from nectar collected from a variety of flowers—will taste a little different in every region, so seek it out in your travels for a truly local flavour.


The fireweed plant blossoms after wildfires, so it’s a rare treat. A good fireweed will be almost crystal clear, with a mild, buttery finish. The “champagne of honey.”


Dark brown—almost black!—with a strong, malt-like molasses (almost barnyard) flavour. High in vitamins and antioxidants.




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