Difference Between White Honey & Clover Honey

Updated July 19, 2017

According to, pure honey contains nothing more than the sweet substance produced by bees from the nectar or secretions of plants. However, in the U.S. alone, there are over 300 kinds of honey, varying from dark to light.

Categorising Honey

Honey can be bought according to variety or colour. Honey varietals consist of a blend of pure honeys, which differ according to the flowers visited by the honey bee, such as alfalfa or sunflowers. Honey can also be graded and collected, not by variety, but by colour grade.

Clover Honey

Clover honey is the most common variety of honey, available in most grocery stores. It is made from white clover, alsike clover, and white and yellow sweet clover plants.

White Honey

Unlike clover honey, white honey is graded by colour and not variety. It has a lighter flavour than darker forms of honey, like amber honey and clover honey. There are grades of white honey, from white to water-white.

White Clover Honey

Clover honey has a pleasing mild flavour and usually comes in shades of amber. However, it is also available in a white colour. White honey, however, does not necessarily come from the nectar of clover flowers as clover honey always will.

Cost and Flavor

Lighter honeys are typically more expensive than darker honeys, so white honey will frequently cost more than your favourite clover. White honey is sweeter and more delicate than more robust shades of clover honey.

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Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nee Lorenzo has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. Her work has appeared in various local and national publications, including the SF Bay Guardian, "Oakland Magazine," "Parents' Press," and "Filipinas Magazine." Lorenzo has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.