In Sumatra, all the Tualang Trees are located in the deepest rainforest area. In every harvesting journey, local honey farmers travel long distance from village to the designated Tualang Tree. There is no human activity along the road. In some locations, honey farmers even need to walk few hours after get off from motor bike to reach the designated Tualang Tree. Due to safety concern, honey farmers shall complete harvesting before evening to avoid stay overnight in the rainforest area. Every honey harvesting journey is very challenging.
Honey farmers collect Tualang Honey through the most primitive method. On the majestic trunks of Tualang Tree, they select mature Tualang Honey based on experience. The process does not involve any firework and machine. As Tualang beehives are formed in natural irregular shape, Tualang Honey is extracted from the beehive through direct squeezing by hand. Bee venom, royal jelly, bee pollen and other substances in the beehive are mixed together and contained in Tualang Honey, making Tualang Honey rich in natural nutrients and having a higher therapeutic value than other honeys.
Matured Tualang Honey is rich in bioactive compounds, including flavonoids, phenols, yeasts, enzymes, minerals and amino acids. These natural substances must be assumbled by Apis Dorsata, but not made artificially.
Some honey products selling in the market are labelled as wild honey. In fact, these honeys are most likely farmed honeys. Honey farmers place the artificial beehive boxes in the wild area. But the honey ripening process is influenced by honey farmers. According to market reports, farmed honeys have reported issues of sugar feeding, adulteration, residual antibiotics, pesticides and artificial ripening. These honeys do not have natural therapeutic value and is even harmful to human health. Consumers shall purchase honey products from reputable stores.