ST Elena Honey

 The heats turned up high the spring flowers are in bloom and the bees are busy.

St Elena honey is being gathered at this moment. Its one of the most delicious honey I have tasted . Depending on the flowers at the time denotes the flavours and the colours .In many parts of the Yucatan you will find many  beehives as a way of making a living as they have done for many generations even during the Maya rein of the ancient cities.

Maya god of honey /google images

The ancient Maya used the stingless bees known as Meliponine  native to Yucatan. They were symbolic , a link to the spirit world. The bees made their honey in gourds, and pieces of wood ,cut specially for the beekeeping. They used it as a sweetener, a curative,to make mead and a  ceremonial drink still made to day called Balche.There is a decline of the Meliponine bees as European bees were integrated to produce more and faster honey.The honey from the Meliponine bees is in quite high demand on the European market and brings a high price for its curative qualities .

Miliponines beehives

The Africanized bees brings with them problems stinging for one,and hard to deal with

Sometimes the men have to travel up to an hour or more into the jungle taking  with them water in the dry season  making sure that the bees don’t disappear looking for water in other parts. Many bees get lost  or just abandon  the hives and don’t return ,so care as to be taken constantly .

This year hasn’t brought as much honey as in the past and there is a constant worry about the decline of bees that are available.

I have planted many Neem trees around my place and as now when the flowers are in full bloom they omit a wonderful perfume. Not only that in the early morning the trees are alive with the sound of humming bees swarming the flowers. On more than one occasion I have tried to encourage some of the beekeepers that maybe it would be a good idea to plant the Neem trees around the hives as the honey made from the Neem I know has amazing properties and would bring much more money on the market but as yet they are not ready to change their old ways of doing things. This kind of mentality is quite common amongst the indios as they are known. But  I am finding if you keep talking about new ideas they start to catch on it just takes time and  patience.

I know that if I had sufficient land to have hives without jeopardizing the safety of the tourists that stay here I certainly would have lots of Neem trees planted specifically for the honey that it produces.  There is an old saying that seeing is believing and in this case this would ring true.

Honey bottled in St Elena

To help sustain a family here in St Elena  I buy their honey and then I pay so much per bottle for them to bottle it for me… I always have a supply for sale here at the restaurant  as I serve it with breakfast and  because many people ask me where they can find local honey and its not that easy if you are just passing through. Some sell from their homes but don’t always have on hand and sometimes you will see it in the market of Ticul . But again one has to know where to locate it.

So if you are in the area and looking for honey  then drop in and see me or ask the staff  they would be happy to help you.

About thepickledonionyucatan

Born in England emigrated to Canada and now reside in the Yucatan Mexico. LIfe is a journey so enjoy as much as you can
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7 Responses to ST Elena Honey

  1. Marc Olson says:

    I was able to stay over in Mani last April and watch Padre Luis harvest his honey. The honey from the melipona bees is wonderful, isn’t it?

    I wonder if the flavor is different when the bees have been into the Neem flowers.

  2. Cheri says:

    What a beautiful citizen of the earth you are. If I ever make it to Merida, perhaps I will be able to find you and the melipona honey. I surely hope so. Keep up the good work; it’s important, probably more important than any of us imagines.

  3. silvia says:

    Hi, beautiful blog, I am interested in buying some melipone’s honey. Have you some to sell?

    • Sorry but I dont sell this honey its very hard to come by and very expensive. I do sell honey produced in St ELena and its really good and pure.
      If you drop by I always have some available as I serve it for breakfast to the hotel guests.ANd they love it!
      Thank you for taking the time to make a comment
      Valerie

  4. Hello,
    I just found your blog online, beeautiful! 🙂 I’m a beekeeper in Canada with many bee conservation projects on the go you can check some out here:
    http://thequeensbeesproject.wordpress.com/
    I’m planning a trip to the Yucatan in May and would love to connect with some beekeepers while I am there specifically Melipona keepers as I am very interested in conservation efforts for the important mayan Bees. Thank you and all the best,
    Christina

    • Hello Christina thank you for your comment
      There are a few keepers around here but not many
      You will find at The Museo de Chocolate which is close to here they have some on view
      Also close to here is school for ecological farming where they also have the Milapones
      I have a contact phone for someone in Quintan Roo that works with them and is trying to promote or bring back the tradtiions to the Maya people . I have yet to call because I interested in starting a colony around this place
      Please keep in touch and if you are looking for a place to stay please contact me again
      take care
      Valerie

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