Clover honey

Organic White Clover honey

August, 2021

Organic White clover honey is the most versatile, creamy honey with a light taste of clover.

Our bees have collected nectar from the white clover flowers found in the isolated Southern Alps of South Island New Zealand. This smooth, pale and creamy honey is versatile and the most famous creamed white honey in the world.

White clover honey
Organic clover honey

The normal growth cycle is that clover starts to predominate in the pastures in late Spring and early Summer. The peak of the honey flow is at the point where lowering moisture levels start to slightly stress the plant. This peak may last a few days or in exceptional circumstances (perhaps when boosted by additional rainfall) over a few weeks to produce a bumper harvest. In many areas, high country pasture is oversown from aerial top dressing and beehives in these areas can produce large crops of high quality clover honey.

Clover seed production is another large source of clover forage for honeybees and under good conditions, clover honey production can be exceptional.

The main clover species in New Zealand is white clover (Trifolium repens) but a variety of other clover species are present.


Clover honey has a normal colour range of 10 – 35 mm. Approximately 80% of clover honey will fall into this range. We typically grade clover into 4 colour ranges.

  • 0-9mm
  • 10-19mm
  • 20-35mm
  • Over 35mm

Soil type can affect colour but blends with other honey types are the most common cause of colour variance. Normally honey from the South Island is lighter than honey from the North Island, mainly due to the large number of different floral sources in the North Island.

Crop Timing

The clover crop usually starts around mid December and finishes end of January. It can however start as early as November and finish as late as early March. However normally the majority of the crop is produced over a 2-3 week period in any one area. Most producers will have the majority of their clover crop extracted ready for sale