Chances are pretty good that you’re a honey lover because if you weren’t, you sure as heck wouldn’t be reading an article about how to pair honey with fruit!
So, with that formality out of the way, I consider it my job (and privilege) to help you discover the best fruit and honey combos that are guaranteed to take your sweet tooth to a whole new level.
And boy, do we have it all!
From apples to berries to stone fruits and melons, if it’s a fruit that pairs well with honey, we’ve got you covered. But we aren’t stopping at fruit because if you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for ways to expand your honey-loving horizons.
In that regard, we’ll also be touching on different honey varietals and some of the best options for fruits that go well with them.
Last, we’ll toss a few helpful ideas for some recipes you might want to try. Of course, you can always come up with your own ideas but if nothing else, they’ll giver you plenty of ideas.
So, let’s get started and discover the perfect pairings to make your taste buds dance with joy!
11 Delicious Fruit and Honey Combinations
Let’s get real – the possibilities of honey pairings with fruit are basically limitless. Rather than cover everything under the sun, we’ll cover a few of our personal favs. Who knows, they might wind up being yours also!
Apples and honey are long-standing favorite for many and for good reason. The natural tartness of apples makes a perfect complement to the sweetness of honey. A great honey to try with this pairing is a mild varietal like wildflower or acacia.
Berries like raspberries and strawberries are naturally acidic and so they make an ideal complement to the sweet taste of honey. Because of the acidity, fruit-forward honey varietals like clover or orange blossom make ideal pairings for berries.
Sweet and juicy stone fruits like peaches pair perfectly with honey. Specifically, they work very well with a dark honey varietal like buckwheat or avocado. Dark honey like this adds a layer of depth to the dense mouthfeel of stone fruits.
Who doesn’t love the bright and tangy flavor of oranges? I know I do! The good news is that they are perfect with a mild varietal like wildflower honey – some would even say that this balance is almost perfect.
The mild sweetness of bananas are a sure fire fit to match with a bold honey varietal like avocado or buckwheat. When combined, these two create a a delicious and satisfying combination.
Thanks to their naturally high water content, melons like cantaloupe and watermelon are ideally suited for a pairing with honey. Fruit like this pairs well with a light and delicate honey varietal like acacia or wildflower.
Pears share a taste profile similar to apricots and to a lesser extent green apples. As such, they pair perfectly with light honey varietals like wildflower.
Kiwi is known for its tangy sweet taste profile. This makes it a perfect pairing candidate for honey varietal like clover or orange blossom.
Pineapple is prized for its unique tropical flavor. The bright taste pairs best with a naturally darker (and robust) honey like buckwheat. Avocado also makes a great option for a pineapple pairing.
Other tropical favorites of many fruit lovers are mango and papaya. Unlike pineapple, the sweet flavor or mango and papaya goes well a milder honey varietal like acacia.
Last, but not least, are grapes. What’s so wonderful about grapes is that like honey, they come in many different varieties. Even so, most have a similar sweet flavor profile and so they tend to go well with light varietals like orange blossom or clover.
|Fruit||Recommended Honey Varietals|
|Berries (raspberries, strawberries)||Clover, Orange Blossom|
|Stone Fruits (peaches, plums)||Buckwheat, Avocado|
|Melons (cantaloupe, watermelon)||Acacia, Wildflower|
|Kiwi||Clover, Orange Blossom|
|Tropical Fruits (mango, papaya)||Acacia|
|Grapes||Orange Blossom, Clover|
Honey Varietals and Flavor Pairings
Now that we’ve given you some ideas about fruit options that go well with honey, we’d be remiss if we didn’t touch on the types of honey you can use. Of course, we mentioned them briefly above and if you were curious about each one, read on! From soft and delicate varietals to bold and flavorful varietals, we’ve got you covered so let’s get right to it.
- Cinnamon, peppermint and vanilla are just a few of the most popular flavored types of honey available. When it comes to usage, a great example would be using a flavored honey like vanilla drizzled over a bowl of fresh berries. For the apple lovers out there, cinnamon honey makes a perfect flavored pair.
- Mild and versatile, wildflower honey is not only very popular but it’s perfect for fruits that are high in acidity like berries.
- Acacia is well known for being light and delicate. Because of this, it pairs best with fruits that share a similar flavor profile. An option for an acacia honey pairing might be drizzling it over apricots or pears.
- Dark honeys like maple and buckwheat work best with fruits that share a similar powerful profile. Good candidates that stand up well to dark honey are figs and dates.
|Honey Varietals||Flavor Profile||Recommended Pairings|
|Wildflower||Mild, Versatile||Berries (high acidity)|
|Acacia||Light, Delicate||Apricots, Pears|
|Maple||Rich, Strong||Figs, Dates|
|Buckwheat||Dark, Bold||Figs, Dates|
Easy Honey and Fruit Recipes You’ll Love
While our focus so far has been pairings, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also include some tasty recipe ideas for you to try. We’ve done our best to tie in the fruit and honey theme so we hope you enjoy them and they give you plenty of inspiration for your own recipes!
- Depending on the time of year, nothing is better than grilled peaches with a drizzle of honey. Add another dimension to this time-tested favorite with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dollop of whipped cream. This recipe is a no brainer for a backyard BBQ or summertime get together.
- Let’s keep it cool with this next one – strawberry and honey ice cream. Blend fresh strawberries, honey and cream together for an unforgettable flavor explosion. You’ll have everyone coming back for seconds with this sweet and creamy dessert idea.
- Love yogurt? If so, then you’ll want to give this honey and yogurt parfait a try. Simply layer yogurt, granola and honey in a cup and bingo, you’ve got a quick and healthy breakfast or midday, high protein snack.
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