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Watch how natives from a Nepalese tribe hunt in the dangerous mountains for "honey for immortality", a wild honey with natural psychoactive properties (hence also known as the "mad honey") and how they "steal" from the aggressive Giant Himalayan bees, world's biggest bees. Nectar is collected by these bees from the wild flowers of Rhododendrons which contain Grayanotoxins, a poison that can cause death when overdosed. The tribe believes tha the honey is supreme in its medicinal value and contains exceptional health benefits.
If you eat honey sourced from Australia and New Zealand, be prepared to pay more as the prices soar. In Australia, beekeepers are facing their worst honey season in ten years. Droughts, bush fires and floods have been cited as reasons for the terrible harvests.
And in New Zealand, honey consumers are also stung by steeper prices. The bees are staying inside their hives due the colder weather and stronger winds.
Mike McInnes, the author of the Hibernation Diet, has launched his new book, The Honey Diet. As more and more research points to the link between sleep and metabolic disorders such as obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes and suggests that addressing your sleeping habits may be key for both the prevention and treatment of these disorders, The Honey Diet book will become even more significant in theorising the role of honey during restorative mode. More on how to fed the brain with honey and sleep away the fats in The Honey Diet Book.
The propolis bee farm at the Penang Botanical Garden was open to the public since 2009, but it is news to me as we just stumbled upon it and discovered it! And it will be inside my bucket of to-visit-places!
Visitors can learn how the tiny, black stingless bees (Trigona bees) there are bred and how they collect propolis, a resinous mixture known for its potent antibiotic propoerties, from the surrounding botanical plants, as well as how they extract nectar from the garden's floral sources to produce honey. It is said that the bees there produce as much as 500kg of raw medicinal honey every month for commercial purposes. That means visitors can purchase and bring some honey and propolis back from the garden!
Address: Kuarters D, Mukim 18, Taman Botani, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350, Georgetown, Penang