Growing up, “honey” meant just one thing to me: a tan, runny sweetner that always tasted about the same. That’s what you get when honeys from many sources are combined and homogenized, which is standard practice for most honey on the market. But each blossom creates a honey totally unique to the flower it comes from. To get a “varietal” honey, the beekeepers simply set their hives among particular flowers in bloom—there are no extra flavors or additives.
Varietal honeys vary wildly. Some are runny, some are so crystalline they’re practically solid. Some are as pale as corn silk, others as dark as roasted chestnuts. And some are sweet as, well, honey, while others are sharp and bitter.
This gift box assembles three honeys from opposite ends of the spectrums: classically sweet Coriander Honey from California, darkly bitter Chestnut Honey from Italy, and thick, crystalline Star Thistle Honey from Michigan. We also include a bit of information about each honey and what makes all three so different.