There are more than 300 varieties of honey, so labels can be a bit confusing. Clover honey is one of the most common you’ll find at the grocery store. But what’s the difference between clover and natural pure honey?

According to the National Honey Board, ” … pure honey contains the sweet substance produced by honey bees from the nectar of plants or secretions of living plants. Nothing else.” So basically, as long as clover honey is free of additives, it falls under the umbrella of natural pure honey.

Characteristics of Clover Honey

Clover honey is named so because it’s produced from the nectar of clover blossoms. It has a mild flavor and sweetness and is favored in the United States for its abundance and versatility.

Standards of Pure Honey

When honey is labeled “pure,” it means it has no additives such as sugar, corn syrup, or flavorings. However, unless it’s labeled “raw,” it’s likely that the honey has been filtered, heated, and even pasteurized before packaging.

Raw vs. Pure

Honey can be pure without being raw. Raw honey is unfiltered, unheated, and unpasteurized.


In order for honey to be labeled “organic,” it must be produced, processed, and packaged in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations on organic products and then given USDA certification.

Is Natural Honey Always Pure?

Many commercial honeys are labeled “natural.” Sometimes these may contain pure honey, but if they have any additives at all, they’re not actually considered “pure.” Examples include dried honey, flavored or fruited honey, infused honey, and honey-flavored syrups.