- Region: New Zealand
- Price range: mid, mid-high, high, exclusive
- Colour: light (light amber)
- Crystallization: quick (into very fine crystals)
- Taste: creamy (delicate with hints of freshly cut grass or hay)
- Sweetness: very sweet
- Most suitable for: Daily use, when used it to sweeten the tea, clover honey increases its therapeutic effect.
Clover (Trifolium) is a genus of about 300 species of plants, in the leguminous pea family, Fabaceae. Nearly all clover plants are native to the temperate zone. Many types are found in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America. In North America there are several native types of clover, but most of the cultivated varieties were introduced from Europe.
In the United States clover honey has the largest production compared to other flavored honey. In New Zealand clover honey is the most common honey type. More recently, dairying has become a significant part of the New Zealand rural scene and clover is a major component of pasture in progressive dairy farms where it minimizes the need for synthetic fertilizers with their high carbon footprint.
Clover honey has antiseptic, diuretic, depurative, antidiarrheal and expectorant properties. Because of these it is used in: fluid retention, diarrhea, viral respiratory infections and flu. Clover honey also helps in fixing calcium in bones.