This Forest Honey originates from the remote Miombo forests of North-Western Zambia. The honey itself is collected by small-scale village beekeepers who construct traditional bark hives that are suspended high in the trees to avoid the attention of ants and honey badgers. The tube-like bark hives become occupied by wild African bees which go on to fill the hive with honeycomb. Once filled, the beekeepers return to collect the honey, leaving some for the bees.
The indigenous wild African honey bees (Apis mellifera species) that produce this honey forage among the Miombo woodlands of Northern Zambia. These woodlands are dominated by a number of flowering leguminous trees which are preferred nectar sources for the bees. As a large percentage of Zambia is covered by woodlands and dry forests there is a large area for these bees to forage over and there has long been a tradition of beekeeping by local people in these forested areas.
Each beekeeper will often have many such hives in the forests surrounding their home and will collect only a few kilograms per year, allowing the wild bees to maintain their colonies and gradually build up stores of honey. Once collected the honey is extracted using simple pressing methods producing a high quality unheated honey with a high pollen count and unique flavour.”