We harvest our honey and bee pollen direct from wild bee honeycombs. As a result, we have available:
- Pieces of wild bee honeycombs. Note that these are irregularly shaped honeycombs as opposed to regularly shaped honeycombs from bee farms.
- Photos and even a video showing our native harvesters in action deep within the Malaysian jungle.
- Wild Bee Pollen. The product itself is validity as each wild bee honeycomb is bound to contain some bee pollen. Our Bee Pollen is harvested direct and unprocessed from wild bee honeycombs. Found naturally in paste form, it is the very same pollen that the wild bees themselves consume. Note that the common form of Commercial Bee Pollen available in the market is in the form of grains or pellets. These pollen grains are ‘brushed off’ the pollen sacs of the worker bees as they return to their man-made hives.
- Adulterated honey is normally no longer ‘live’. A common form of adulteration of honey is addition of sugar. To ensure that the added sugar dissolves evenly, the honey must normally be heated. Heating will kill the life present in honey and the honey will no longer froth if agitated. Exception to this test is very mature wild bee honey that does not froth as much, if at all.
- By taste. Most wild bee honey drinkers will be able to tell by the difference in taste. Wild bee honey generally has an appetizing, slightly sourish taste, which hints of fermentation. Some expert honey drinkers will be able to tell by taste whether the honey is natural or added with sugar. In addition, adding sugar will often cause “phlegming” amongst sensitive consumers.
- Honey adulterated or diluted with water will spoil within weeks. Signs of fungus and foul smell normally indicate honey has been diluted or adulterated with water.
Wild bee honeys tastes different as it
- contains enzymes and products of enzymatic action
- contains bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis
- comes from variety of different floral sources from the tropical rainforest
- is produced by Wild Bees which are different from domesticated bees
- is unprocessed to retain its natural goodness
Honey, like wine and other natural products varies in taste from batch to batch due to difference in
- collection time with respect to the flowering seasons
- weather, soil condition and other natural factors affecting flowers
Our honeys are not processed to give consistent taste and hence the slight variation. We do however, control our harvesting to ensure a good degree of consistency in our wild bee honeys.
Honey when harvested from the honeycomb contains 17-20% water. This is the natural composition of water in honey, be it wild or commercial honey. Commercial honey is normally processed to reduce the water content to about 13% and hence, is more viscous. Our wild bee honeys are UNPROCESSED to ensure that its nutrients, enzymes and its natural unique organic properties are retained.
This is due to enzymatic reaction caused by the sudden agitation of live honey. Heat-treated or sterilized honey will not exhibit this property, as all the enzymes would have been killed and some essential nutrients, destroyed. Exception to this test is very mature wild unprocessed bee honey that does not froth much, if at all.
- Wild Bee Honey is live, and hence will froth (bubbles will form) if shaken (see FAQ 6)
- The black substance are actually fine pollen grains which are nutritious and beneficial for health
The Orang Asli (Malaysian native aborigines) calls the froth at the top ‘buihmasam’, which translates to ‘sour froth’. If you were to taste the froth alone, you will find that it is slightly sourish in taste. This is primarily due to the presence of pollen and royal jelly in the honey. Our processing removes only the larger pollen grains and other impurities but NOT fine pollen grains, nor royal jelly. This is to ensure that our consumers get to savour the true goodness of wild bee honey.
The same ‘buih masam’ is ALWAYS found at the top of the best wild bee honey. Some expert consumers insist on its presence. However, most consumers are not able to appreciate its presence. Hence, we remove as much of this ‘buih masam’ as possible without affecting the quality and authenticity of our wild bee honey. Nevertheless, once the honey is agitated, frothing can cause this ‘buihmasam’ to form.
Honey and hive products (bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis) experts note that while honey and hive products obtained from the WILD IS THE BEST, the supply is limited and is difficult to obtain.
To compare Wild Bee Honey vs Commercial Honey is almost like comparing Wild Ginseng vs Cultivated Ginseng, or Village-reared-Poultry vs Mega-farms-Poultry, or Organic Vegetables vs Commercial Farm Vegetables. The global production of Commercial honey is in the region of a few hundred thousand tonnes per year. Wild Bee Products are so difficult to obtain that there is no mass market for it. Generally, only jungle natives (aborigines) have access to Wild Bee Products.
Harvesting wild bee honey is a dangerous affair. The harvester has to risk his life climbing up trees as high as 50 metres, being stung by wild bees, and brave dangers of the jungle like snakes, tigers and other wild beasts.
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