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Yucatán Honey and the Melipona Bee

14 november 2023
4 min. de lectura
A gift of sweetness from the Yucatan Peninsula generates around a third of national production, with export quality for Europe and the United States. Yucatan honey is the favorite in France and Germany especially.


Its unmatched flavor, body, vitamin property, dark amber color and high quality is the result of the coexistence of the European bee (apis mellifera) and the melipona bee, which is distinguished by not having a sting. Both species are very productive and adaptable. Due to the tropical conditions and vegetation of the peninsula, they have managed to consolidate the region in productivity and preference in the market. On the one hand, the European bee, introduced to the peninsula since 2011, allows for vast production. Meanwhile, on the other hand, the melipona bee has its origins since pre-Hispanic times, with an ancestral and religious healing meaning, since it was considered a regenerative food.


  If you have never been familiar with the organization of bees, it is important that you know that both species are highly social, in addition to the most complex in organization: there is only one queen who is responsible for producing up to 1,500 eggs per day in the peak seasons. production. The workers are dedicated to cleaning the honeycomb, among other tasks.


PanalBeekeeping is an activity basically carried out by small producers, who with care and dedication feed the bees, using rustic Mayan and natural techniques, and mainly employing family labor or in small cooperatives. They maintain respect for the natural cycles of honey production that are aligned with the rain cycle; During the dry months, that is, from February to June, the greatest amount of honey is produced and collected without affecting the bee population. Also in November, Melipona bee honey producers carry out another collection, following the religious Mayan ritual.


Mayan bees or “Xuna'an kab” feed mainly on various flowers such as Dzidzilché, Tajonal and Tzalam, all of which have a great aroma, are white and only bloom during a special time of year. This gives special characteristics to our Yucatan honey.


With high properties in vitamins and minerals, the uses of Yucatecan honey extend from gourmet to natural recipes for its anti-inflammatory properties, preventive in respiratory diseases, exfoliant for the skin, moisturizing for lips, face and hair, as well as healing in burns and acne scars.

Another advantage of Yucatan honey is that it does not expire, so the product can last a long time and retain all its benefits. 


On your visit to the entity, be sure to buy Yucatecan honey, look for it to be produced in our state, recognizing on the label that it is 100% natural and perfectly packaged so that it can preserve its properties. You can buy it in presentations ideal to give as a natural and healthy souvenir; very useful but above all delicious to accompany desserts and drinks.
Violeta H. Cantarell

Author: Violeta H. Cantarell

“Meridana,” traveler, animal lover, passionate reader, commentator, and enthusiastic promoter of the natural and human beauty of Yucatán.

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