The plants from which bees collect nectar have an effect on the flavour, consistency and colour of the honey. Depending on the plant origin, honey may either crystallize or remain liquid for a long time. Honeys that remain liquid are, for instance, Finnish willowherb honey and acacia honey, which is gathered from abroad. Honey that contains a lot of fructose is always liquid. In other words, it is of a fluid consistency and the honey does not crystallize. Finnish honey, however, typically crystallizes quickly. This crystallization is caused by the high quantity of glucose, in other words this is a natural process for it. The speed with which honey crystallizes varies a lot; part of the honey may crystallize quite soon after the extraction process, whereas part of it may remain liquid for even a relatively long time. People can also have an impact on the crystallization of the honey. By using a churning method during the crystallization stage, the crystallizing honey can be kept fine-grained and soft. This makes it easier to use.
DID YOU KNOW: The term crystal refers to the coarse grains of glucose that some people mistakenly take for sugar that has been added to the honey. Nothing must ever be added to honey, nor would it even be technically possible to add, e.g., sugar to honey, since honey in itself contains more sugar than a saturated solution of sugar.
During the short Finnish summer, most plants bloom at the same time. At such a time, honey is collected from various plants and it is generally called multifloral honey. Species-specific honey can be collected when a specific honey plant blooms at a different time than the others in the same region, and the honey that is prepared from its nectar is collected as soon as the plant species has stopped blooming with no other honeys having time to mix with it. Bees only go to the flowers of one specific plant when they have no other choice.
DID YOU KNOW: During a good harvest, honey is normally slightly lighter than at other times. The reason for this is that the amount of pigment in plants remains the same, and if there is a lot of nectar secretion, this same amount of pigment is distributed over a larger quantity of nectar than during a poorer harvest.