Bell heather honey: tremendous kick, strong tang. Thick liquid. Dorset Heather Honey, Fortnum & Mason pounds 3.95/454g.
Ling heather honey (late flowering): Often reddish brown to amber, sweet, almost gelatinous. Harvey Nichols pounds 2.95/340g. Harrods English pounds 4.50/340g.
Clover: Britain, Canada, US. Usually thick, pale amber, mild. Honeyed, in fact. Harrods White Clover pounds 4.25/340g. Fauchon (from Selfridges and 40 stores nationwide) pounds 3.60/125g. Tel 0181 795 0278 for stockists.
Acacia: Hungary, Italy, France, Romania, Scotland. The aristocrat of honeys. Very thin, pale, sweet, laid-back piquancy, refined. Harvey Nichols (from Scotland) pounds 1.95/454g, Fauchon (theirs has a stronger flavour) pounds 3.60/125g.
Lime: France mainly. Pale green to rich golden. Complex flavours, nutty, slighly bitter, medical notes. Harrods pounds 1.90/340g.
Hymettus: Greece. Strong, treacly, rich, melting thick honey. Gives unique flavour to Greek Baklava. Greek Mountain Honey F&M pounds 3.45/454g.
Orange blossom: Mexico, Spain, California, Israel. Spicy citrus tang, gold, runny. F&M Mexican Orange Blossom pounds 2.95/454g.
Lavender: South of France. Creamy, thick, smooth, nutty, biting cough- sweet tang. Harrods pounds 2.50/340g. F&M pounds 6.50/454g. Fauchon pounds 3.90/125g.
Oilseed rape: Britain. Straw-coloured, thick and creamy, tends to crystallise. Bland, agreeable. Harrods Apple and Oilseed rape, pounds 4.95/340g.
Leatherwood: Tasmania. Very thick, rich, with spicy kick. F&M pounds 2.95/454g.
Sweet chestnut: France, Italy, Spain. Dark, pungent and strong, with a treacly grown-up taste. Fauchon pounds 3.60/125g.
Eucalyptus: Australian. There are 500 kinds of eucalyptus and honey from its blossom varies from medium to sweet, often with bitter tones, leathery smell. Harrods Australian Honey pounds 1.75/340g.
Note: John Home's Fosse Way Warwickshire country honey, and Derbyshire heather honey (see main story), are available in the Midlands for pounds 2 and pounds 3/454g. Tel 01926 612 322 for stockists. Fauchon's Opera House Honey, limited edition of 500, pounds 9.50/ 125g. Mail order 0181 795 0278.
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Among other premium honeys worth looking out for are; Manuka: from New Zealand, from the perfumed flower of a tree. Rich, dark, creamy, and wonderful in cooking.
Jamaica: dark, rich tropical, good in puddings, cakes, sweet breads with bananas.
Sunflower: Turkey, Greece, Russia. Brilliantly clear and yellow. Fragrant.
Rosemary: pale, amber, herbal notes. Used in Spain to make turron (Spanish nougat, see recipe).
Thyme: from the Pelopponese islands. Rich and golden.Reuse content