Monofloral honey is a type of honey that is produced by bees that have only gathered nectar from one particular plant or flower, instead of whatever is available. In other words, they have been very picky eaters.
Although this honey is predominantly made from the nectar of one flower, it may also contain smaller amounts of other flower nectars.
In order for a honey to be classified as a monofloral, the nectar of one particular plant or flower must not only be the most important ingredient, but any secondary flower must not affect the flavor or color of the supposedly primary source.
In fact, the stronger and more clearly distinctive the characteristics of the primary flower nectar are in a honey, the higher its price and the more revered by honey hoarders.
Several factors go into the production of monofloral honey. These include location, timing,
The bees must be in an area where there is a plentiful supply of a certain flowering plant, and hardly any food sources available.
Different varieties of honey will have different primary sources, blossom variety, locality produced in, colors, flavors and a different crystallization time.
Primary Source…This is the main source of nectar gathered by bees that make this particular type of honey.
Locality…This is the region where this particular source of honey can mainly be found.
Color….As far as color, honey can range in color all the way from clear to dark purple or black.
Taste…As far as taste, honey can range in taste all the way from mildly sweet to very strong.
Flavor…As far as flavor, honey can range in flavor all the way from pleasantly sweet to entirely bitter.