Honey comes in a variety of shades and flavors, all determined by what plants bees have visited as they forage for nectar. Spring honey tends to be lighter and milder; fall honey grows darker and claims more robust flavors. Here are six honeys from local outlets and the best ways to use them.

Bee Natural’s butter bean honey

Nectar from the butter (a.k.a. lima) bean fields of Delaware are the source for this mild, delicate raw honey.

Best uses: Stirred into tea and cocktails, drizzled over roasted spiced nuts

$16, Bee Natural at Reading Terminal Market, beenaturalllc.com

Butter bean honey from Bee Natural in Reading Terminal Market.
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Butter bean honey from Bee Natural in Reading Terminal Market.

Swarmbustin’ Honey’s chunk honey

This Pennsylvania wildflower honey is packaged with a chunk of the beeswax honeycomb, which is perfectly good to eat.

Pairs with: Warm scones — the comb helps honey spread without dripping

$19, Philly Food Works, 911honey.com

Chunk honey — with comb — from Swarmbustin' Honey, sold by Philly Foodworks.
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Chunk honey — with comb — from Swarmbustin' Honey, sold by Philly Foodworks.

Fruitwood Orchards’ cranberry honey

New Jersey cranberries lend a lightly fruity, tart profile to this raw honey.

Best uses: Whisked into homemade salad dressing, drizzled over citrus fruit

$7, The Fountain Farmers Market, fruitwoodorchardshoney.com

Fruitwood Orchard's cranberry honey is sold at several local farmers markets.
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Fruitwood Orchard's cranberry honey is sold at several local farmers markets.

Microbrew Tea Co.’s ‘bear’ honey

Because it’s lightly crystallized, this raw wildflower honey from New Jersey is creamy and spreadable.

Pairs with: Sourdough toast, mild cheeses like young gouda

Mountain Tea Co.'s "bear" honey, sold at Primal Supply, has a crystalized, creamy texture.
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Mountain Tea Co.'s "bear" honey, sold at Primal Supply, has a crystalized, creamy texture.

Hound Dog Honey’s red bamboo honey

Sourced in the fall from Pennsylvania red bamboo (a.k.a. Japanese knotweed), this honey is dark, robust, and raw.

Pairs with: Greek yogurt with fruit, sharp aged cheese like Parmesan

$9.50, The Head Nut at Reading Terminal Market, hounddoghoney.com

Hound Dog Honey's red bamboo honey can be found at the Head Nut in Reading Terminal Market.
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Hound Dog Honey's red bamboo honey can be found at the Head Nut in Reading Terminal Market.

Bee Natural’s buckwheat honey

Opaque and assertive, this raw, unfiltered buckwheat honey has intense barnyard-y aromas and a rich, earthy flavor.

Best uses: Incorporated into spiced baked goods like ginger cookies or cinnamon-rich quick bread

$13, Bee Natural at Reading Terminal Market, beenaturalllc.com

Unfiltered and raw buckwheat honey from Bee Natural at Reading Terminal Market.
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Unfiltered and raw buckwheat honey from Bee Natural at Reading Terminal Market.