Honey differs in colour and flavour depending on what blossoms the honey bees visit in search of nectar. Honey colour ranges from almost colourless to dark amber brown and its flavour varies from delectably mild to richly bold. As a general rule, light-coloured honey is milder in taste and dark-coloured honey is stronger.

Honey comes in a variety of forms including liquid, creamed, comb, and chunk. Free of any crystals or wax, liquid honey is extracted from the comb in the hive by centrifugal force. Creamed honey is finely crystallized so that it remains creamy and spreadable. Comb honey is honey that comes as the bees store it, right in the beeswax honeycomb. Chunk honey is liquid honey with a chunk of honeycomb floating in it.