About Honey

From Honey Flow to Honey Harvest

For millennia, honey has been sought after and cultivated for a variety of uses. Humans collecting honey can be confirmed as early as 8000 years ago, evidenced by cave paintings in Spain. It is mentioned in ancient Egyptian texts where it was particularly revered and used as an offering to the gods. In the modern day, it has become a staple of household pantries across the globe — spreading sweetness and adding a bit of joy, from breakfast to dessert.

Honey is made by honey bees as a product of foraging for nectar and storing it as food within complex honeycomb structures. Billy Bee is proud to offer a line of products that is 100% Canadian, fully sourced from Canadian beekeepers. We are also proud to be a part of the True Source Honey™ Certification program that ensures all of our suppliers are traceable and the origins of their honey are as transparent as possible. Look for the “100% Canadian” and “True Source Honey™” logos on Billy Bee product labels.

The varietal of flower available to the colony of honey bees impacts the flavour and character of the honey, creating a range of honey available from mild, fruity, buttery, strong — much like wine. Below are some of the types of honey available in various regions‡:


Type of Honey Distinguishing Characteristics
Acacia Honey Pale yellow colour; delicate flavour
Alfalfa Honey Light amber colour; mild flavour and aroma
Avocado Honey Dark amber colour; strong buttery flavour
Basswood Honey Water-white colour; strong “biting” flavour
Buckwheat Honey Dark amber colour; strong, slightly malty flavour
Blueberry Honey Light amber colour; distinct fruity flavour
Clover Honey Colour varies from water-white to amber; mild, “classic honey” flavour
Eucalyptus Honey Varies greatly in colour; generally strong flavour with very slight menthol notes
Heather Honey Reddish brown to deep amber colour; heavy bodied, bittersweet, aromatic flavour
Lychee Honey White to light amber colour; pleasant aroma and fruity flavour
Orange Blossom Honey Light amber colour; mild, flavour reminiscent of the scent of citrus blossoms
Rapeseed Honey White to light amber colour; mild, classic flavour
Sage Honey Water-white colour; mild flavour
Safflower Honey Colour varies from amber to dark amber with slight greenish cast; mild flavour
Sourwood Honey Light amber colour; mild flavour
Sunflower Honey Golden yellow colour; pleasant, full-bodied flavour
Tulip Honey Dark colour; distinct yet delicate flavour
Tupelo Honey Light amber colour with slight greenish cast; mild, distinctive flavour, slow crystallization
Mixed Wildflower Honey Varies greatly in colour and flavour; typically strong in flavour


‡ National Honey Board. “Honey Color and Flavor: It all depends on where the bees buzzed”, Honey.com, June 3 2016, http://www.honey.com/newsroom/press-kits/honey-color-and-flavor.