This batch of honey, collected by the Apis cerana indica bees (Indian honey bee),is from an ongoing harvest which began in the second week of March 2019. This harvest is expected to last until end of April. The honey extracted is from hive boxes placed inside the forest of Bramhagiri Forest region on the Kerala side.
This seasons’ honey was sporadic, however we have managed to acquire some honey, it will be infused with honey collected from the blooming flowers of Indian rosewood (etty), Irul, Jackfruit, Iron wood, Mayil elu and many other wild flora.
This honey is rich in variety of sources and possesses a complex set of flavors infused by the climate, it’s topography, the season and it’s derived vegetation. Most of the honey available in the market these days is collected by breeds of honey bees that require mono-culture vegetation to thrive and is therefore flat in flavor.
About the product
- 100% raw, pure, coarsely filtered, unpasteurized, unheated honey.
- Contains naturally occurring pollen, enzymes, antioxidants, natural probiotics and naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide
- Product of Kerala
78 in stock
- Madhusree Bee Farm, Alakode, Kerala.
- Honey must be stored in sterilized air tight glass bottles at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.
- Honey must never be brought into contact with contaminated utensils like unclean or used spoons.
- Honey must never be stored in a kitchen where it’s typically hot and humid. Dark, hot and humid locations speed up fermentation.
- Fermentation is inevitable over a longer period of time. Fermentation makes the honey taste a bit sour. When this happens the easiest way to reclaim the original flavor is to place the bottle in sunlight for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Crystallization is a natural occurrence for pure honey. If crystals form set container in warm water until crystals disappear
- 100% raw and pure honey.
- Do not feed honey to infants under one year
This batch of honey is from an ongoing harvest which began in the first week of February 2018 and lasts until the last week of April 2018. Honey is collected from bee hives placed inside the forest; Bramhagiri Forest region on the Kerala side, Coorg hills. This honey is collected by the Apis cerana indica bees (Indian honey bee).
These types of honey bees are indigenous to the south Asian region and found most commonly in Kerala and adjoining areas. The hives are set up in wooden boxes and spread inside and around the forest regions. The unique attribute of honey collected by these bees is that they require diversity in flaura for them to flourish. Most of the honey available in the market these days is collected by breeds of honey bees that require mono-culture vegetation to thrive. The honey we provide is therefore rich in variety and possesses a complex set of flavors infused by the climate and it's derived vegetation.
This seasons' batch will be infused with honey collected from the blooming flowers of Vateria indica (white dammar or vela pine), Indian rosewood (etty), Irul, Jackfruit, Iron wood, Mayil elu and many other wild flora found in the forests.
The panels from each box hive is collected manually with utmost care to not harm the bees or destroy the colonies. The panels are individually placed in a portable centrifugal extractor and the honey is extracted and collected in barrel and transferred to the processing unit. The benefits of this approach is that the extraction does not damage the hive which facilitates better regeneration of honey in the same panel.
The honey is filtered using just a muslin cloth during this stage. This ensures that substantial pollen is retained in the honey. Once the honey reaches the processing unit, it is filtered once again using a finer multi-layered muslin cloth to remove other contaminants. The quantity of pollen in the honey must also be regulated during this stage because pollen and humidity speeds up fermentation of honey thereby altering its flavor. This is one of the reasons why our honey does not enjoy extended shelf life like the other major honey marketing companies. Popular brands's processing phase involves micro-filtering (removes all traces of pollen) as well as pasteurization (removing bacterial spores by heating). Pasteurization is unimaginably detrimental to preserving the true flavor of honey. Once lost it can only be reclaimed using artificial additives.