Clover honey

Clover honey is honey produced by bees which feed primarily on the nectar of clover plants. It is popular all over the world, but especially in the USA, Canada and New Zeeland. White clover is cultivated on large surfaces in various parts of the world, not only as a forage crop but also as a rich nectar source. Beekeepers who want to make clover honey place their hives in an area cultivated with clover or they may plant clover around their hives to encourage their bees to feed mainly on clover. Many markets commercialize clover honey, because consumers like the mild, floral flavor of this honey.
Pure clover honey is almost impossible to find. This type of honey is extremely delicious and therefore it is used in preparing various dishes, mainly desserts.

The region where the clover is cultivated influences the color of the clover honey, which can vary from white to amber. Many honey producers blend pale honey varieties and sell the resulting mixture as "clover honey". This explains the wide variety of clover honey flavors. Clover honey has a normal color range of 10 - 35 mm on the pfund scale. Soil type can affect color but blends with other honey types are the most common cause of color variance. Clover Honey has an intense perfume with hints of marmalade and fresh herbs. The texture is smooth and fine. The flavor of this honey is mild and has a slightly grassy or floral flavor and aroma.

Honey Bee On Flover Flower The quality of clover honey dependents on several factors. One of these is the time of the year. Late spring and summer honey are the best. The diet of the bees also influences the quality of this honey type. Beekeepers have little control over the flowers that the bees feed from. In an area with a high concentration of clover, the bees feed mainly on clover, but they can feed on plants other than clover, too. If the bees feed on plants with a strong flavor, then they can alter the flavor of their honey.

Another factor is the honey handling. Companies pasteurize their honey in order to reduce the risk of selling honey with harmful bacteria, like the one causing botulism. Excessive heating removes many of the minerals and qualities of honey that make it so beneficial for your diet. Raw honey is not pasteurized and should be handled and stored carefully to reduce any risks of illness.

Clover honey has 64 calories per serving (1 tbsp., or 21 grams). Clover honey is made of sugar, carbohydrates and vitamins. The sugar in honey is made up of glucose and fructose, sucrose and other disaccharides. It has no fats, protein or cholesterol. Clover honey contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals like potassium, manganese, choline, folate, calcium and fluoride. It also contains antioxidants, health-boosting factors that fight free-radical damage. Clover honey has a midrange amount of antioxidants.

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