Why does honey vary in taste, smell, color, thickness and texture?

I have been asked quite often that, "I am a villager, I have harvested and tasted pure honey many times but your honey is very different. Why?"

Every plant has a special kind of nectar in its flower. Bees make honey from this nectar which has its own unique properties. Characteristics of honey like taste, smell, color, thickness, texture and tendency of crystallization completely depend on this nectar. We have to migrate our bees according to seasons and we can't get the same flowers or crop every time. So, with every harvest, we get a completely different type of honey. Thus, it's not at all possible for us to produce the same quality of honey every time. Actually, it's not possible for anybody who practices ethical beekeeping.In fact, there are more than 300 unique types of honey available in India. Honey color ranges from nearly colorless to dark brown, and its flavor varies from delectably mild to distinctively bold, depending on where the honey bees buzzed. As a general rule, light-colored honey is milder in taste and dark-colored honey is stronger.

Depending on its nectar source, honey can be floral, fruity, smoky, woody, spicy, nutty or earthy. It can smell fresh as grass or pungent like aged cheese. It can look nearly clear as water or dark as molasses.

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