My Life List

  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry: An amber-colored honey with a good flavor. When I had it in the house, everyone kept remarking, “That’s really good honey.”
  • Buckwheat
  • Cascara
  • Clover
  • Cranberry
  • Fireweed
  • Gallberry: This is a darker honey with a unique flavor that would be impossible to mistake for anything else–one of my favorites. When I use this honey in a recipe, I can always pick up the gallberry flavor right through the other ingredients. Gallberry is one of the honeys that hardly ever granulates, so it keeps really well in the cupboard.
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Lavender: The sample I tried was from Portugal. It was a beautiful medium amber color with almost no flavor other than sweet. It may have had a very slight citrus undertone. Overall, I was pretty disappointed in this famous variety.
  • Maple
  • Orange Blossom
  • Snowberry
  • Tasmanian Leatherwood: If you haven’t tried this honey, you should save your pennies until you can afford a small jar. It is very expensive but is a once-in-a-lifetime flavor. Once I tried it I could understand all the hype. It has complex layers of flavor and a certain “spiciness” that makes it unique among honeys. This is one of the only honeys I like to eat plain–with no interference from other flavors. If your geography is not so good, Tasmania is an island off the southern coast of Australia. Tasmania and some of the smaller islands in the area form the Australian state of Tasmania.
  • Tupelo
  • Wildflower: Although this is not a varietal honey, it is often sold as one. Like any kind of mixed honey, the flavor is often nondescript. I find it neither appealing or unappealing; it just tastes like generic honey.

Wish List

  • Cotton
  • Chestnut