Honey from the United States

The United States has a  relatively short history with honey. Honeybees were not to native to the country. The first hives were brought by ship to Virginia in 1622. The bees flourished and did remarkably well, spreading throughout the colonies and then, probably helped by the invention of the movable frame bee hive, to the west coast and beyond. Now, some of the finest honey in the world comes from the U. S.. The United States loves honey, it is the second largest consumer of honey after Germany.

National Honey Report – Produced monthly by the USDAPDF
Honey prices, colony, honey plant and market conditions by state, US honey exports and imports

Honey Festivals: See crafts, entertainment and good food, along with honey, and bee displays and demos.

Beekeeping Associations
Often a good source of information about local honey producers, festivals and events.
National and state level beekeeping associations

Developing A Standard of Identity For Honey In Your State:
Standard of Identity for Honey
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10 comments to United States Honey

  • Herman

    I have delicious light raw unheated honey from my hives in Lemont, Il. The available forage is honeysuckle, honey locust, black locust, dandelion, linden among others. If you would like to sample or purchase, I can be reached @630-546-0497. Thanks, Herman.

  • HT

    Hi Herman:

    I will look you up! Your honey sounds delicious. I give you a call in a week or two..

    – Scott

  • Here is quite a good description of Top Honey Plants for Producing the Best Honey in the United States.

  • Sophia

    Hi~Scott!I want acquire some information about rain forest honey,espescially ulmo honey ,are there some classification on this kind of honey? like active 10+ that I saw ?Thank you !

  • Hi Sophia:

    I was fortunate to be in Chile a couple of years ago and met with a beekeeper there who specializes in Ulmo. I was there in the wrong season unfortunately and all I got was a taste. I did eventually get a jar and have been keeping it for a taste now and then. Apparently it does have good ‘active’ antibacterial properties… which, as time goes by, I predict we will be hearing about from different honeys all over the world! As for the strength of the honey, here is a paper you can refer to: that compares Ulmo to Manuka. Remember that thre reasons why honey is such a strong antibacterial compound are no where near being fully understood. There is much more to honeys’ antibacterial potency than simply hydrogen peroxide.

    I think that most of us want to think that honey is more than a wound treatment, although it is a very good one, but that it also is a therapeutic food when eaten. Perhaps with antioxidant properties that help us stay healthier longer. From this perspective, it is vital that honey is eaten raw to retain its properties.


  • James

    The “richest” pure golden honey in the world comes from the foothills of Mt. Rainier, Washington State,USA.
    The few beekeepers who put in the effort to harvest honey there, usually keep it for themselves.
    “Fireweed” honey,from the mountainsides, is wonderful.

  • Hi James:

    I have tried Fireweed honey and enjoyed it! Thanks for the recommendation!


  • David

    What an amazing resource! Thanks so much for creating this, Scott. I’m looking for information about buying honey wholesale, then selling it retail. Specifically, if I buy honey from my neighborhood beekeeper, how can I prove to my County Public Health Department that the honey is from a “legitimate source.”

    (This question is from the Health Dept., btw.)

  • Hi David:

    Where are you located David (state/county)? Different states have differing requirements.


  • Linda Ann

    Hi Scott, I just wanted to add that I think your website is amazing! Thank you so much for creating a site that is educational on bees and honey!

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