Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)




College of Science

First Advisor

Drew Budner, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry


Honey has been used as a food, sugar substitute, and flavor enhancer forever. The uses for honey are extremely varied from food to medicine. It is widely touted that you can address seasonal allergies, especially those following a move, by eating local honey. For this to be true the composition of the local honey, including trapped pollen, would allow allergy symptoms to be eliminated. In this project, the volatile and semi-volatile aroma compounds in wild flower honey from several different locations were analyzed. Headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was used to help develop the characteristic flavor and aroma profiles of each honey analyzed. Then in combination with statistical analysis, such as principle component and cluster analysis, the data allowed for the characterizing of these honeys based on location. The goal of this project is to detect regional variations in honey to begin to establish the idea of terroir for honey.