Everyone knows honey comes from bees: They pollinate flowers by drinking the nectar and bringing it back to their hive where all the magic happens. However, if you were under the impression that all honey is the same, well, we’ve got a thing or two to teach you. Let’s begin with the charming little honey bear you might have in your kitchen right now. There’s nothing wrong with that pantry staple, per se, it’s just that commercial honey is a far cry from the raw and unfiltered type you can score at your local farmer’s market, in terms of health benefits and flavor alike.
The reason for this is that commercial honey is ultra-processed—and as nice as it is to have a shelf-stable bottle of honey you can squeeze into your tea with ease, the processing method involves filtering out the nutrients and pollen responsible for giving different types of honey their own unique profile. In other words, a lot gets lost in the process. As such, those who’ve never ventured into the world of raw, unfiltered honey, might be surprised to learn that you can truly taste the difference between different varieties of the stuff, depending on the source from which the nectar was collected. Now that we’ve piqued your curiosity, read on for a guide to some of the most palate-pleasing types of honey around.