Tualang Honey - Why Tualang Honey is so different?

 

Tualang honey is a rare and precious wild honey species, which is totally different from farmed honey in terms of honey bee species, nectar sources, ripening process and harvesting method, leading to its incomparable taste, aroma and efficacy.

 

As a result of environmental pollution and climate change, it is very difficult to find authentic wild honey. Honey products selling in the market are most likely from honey farms. Wild honey harvesting from tropical rainforest area is even a rare treasure.

 

APIS DORSATA  - Special Wild Honeybee Species

Tualang Honey is produced by a rare special wild honeybee species – Apis Dorsata (also known as Asian Giant Bee); whereas farmed honeys are produced by Apis Mellifera or Apis Cerana in general.

 

Apis Dorsata mainly inhabits in tropical rainforest along the equatorial region and is unique wild honeybee species in Southeast Asia. They are the largest bee species on the Earth with nearly 1-inch long body presented in dazzling golden. They are physically strong and accustom to survive in a harsh environment. Apis Dorsata born to be aggressive. According to historical records, there has been no history that Apis Dorsata has been domesticated by human.

 

Apis Dorsata swarms prefer to build beehives at steep high altitudes, such as trunks of Tualang Tree or steep cliffs. Their honeycombs are in disc-shape and completely exposed without cover; whereas honeycombs of farmed bees like Apis Mellifera or Apis Cerana must be protected in closed artificial beehives.

 

Apis Dorsata swarms have superior survival capabilities. They demand a high quality habitat, which means the wild plants inside the area in 5 kilometers surrounding the beehives shall be free from pollution. Minor deterioration in the habitat can lead to permanent migration of the entire swarms.

 

More than a decade ago, the scientist community has begun the analysis over the genome of Apis Dorsata. Recently, a team of international genetic scientists has discovered that 22 pairs of chromosomes in human genome also appear in the Apis Dorsata genome.  This discovery has a disruptive breakthrough in the future biological research.

TUALANG TREE  - The King of tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia

Like Apis Dorsata, Tualang Tree is also unique to tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia region. Its trunks are strong and often used for luxury furniture. In early years, they were often felled illegally. Nowadays, it is very difficult to find Tualang Tree. In Sumatra, for example, it is estimated about 200 Tualang Trees remain in the tropical rainforest, most of which are located in the deep rainforest area. With the increasing awareness over rainforest protection, local government has classified Tualang Tree as endangered tree species. Illegal logging is prohibited.

 

Tualang Tree is the King of all wild plants in tropical rainforest of Southeast Asia. It is the tallest tree species with at least 80 meters height. It takes at least 10 people to embrace its tree base.

 

Apis Dorsata particularly prefers building natural beehives under the majestic trunks of Tualang Trees. Honey from the beehives are named as Tualang Honey.

 

One Tualang Tree can have more than 100 beehives hanging under the trunks with width size of 2-3 meters. Each beehive represents an independent colony with more than 30,000 Apis Dorsata living inside.

Superior Geographical Area Contributing Special Organic Nectar Sources

The tropical rainforest of Sumatra is located on the Equator close to zero degrees latitude. This area enjoys year-round hot weather and abundant rainfall, with annual average temperature of 26 ℃ and annual rainfall of 2,000 millimeters. Seasonal differences are not obvious. The succession rate of biomes is extremely fast. It is a habitat for more than half of the animals and plants on the Earth. More than 1/4 of the modern medicines are extracted from wild plants of tropical rainforest. Therefore, tropical rainforest is also known as the World's Largest Pharmacy.

 

The unique geographical environment of tropical rainforest gives excellent growth condition to wild plants. Hundreds species of rainforest wild plants with recognized efficacy to human health blooming throughout the year, contributing year-round stable supply of organic nectar sources to Tualang honey.

 

Apis Dorsata swarms build giant beehives in disc-shape under trunks of Tualang Trees and collect nectar within the 5 kilometer area surrounding the beehives. It takes around 20 days to get honey mature. The ripening process is 100% natural without influence from human factors. General honey quality issues like sugar adulterated, sugar or antibiotics feeding, pesticide residue do not happen to Tualang Honey. Food safety is guaranteed.

 

Studies have proven that Tualang Honey contains more bioactive compounds than other honeys, including flavonoids, phenols, yeasts, enzymes, minerals and amino acids. Special nectar sources create unique taste, fragrance and therapeutic value, making Tualang Honey incomparable to other honeys.

 

Most farmed honeys are produced from temperate regions close to urban areas, where it is common to have nectar shortage due to seasonal factors.  Some honey farmers are used to feed artificial sugar to the bee swarms so as to maintain their lives. Honey produced by the bees inevitably contains artificial sugars and loses natural nutrients.

Wild Harvesting Natural Mature on Tualang Tree

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.

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