Honey Hunters of Nepal

This short film documents men of the Gurung tribe in Nepal and their journey to harvest honey from the world’s largest honey bee, the Himalayan Apis Dorsal Laborious, each can measure up to 1.2 inches. Himalayan honey bees make spring honey, red honey, and autumn honey. Red honey, made solely by Himalayan honey bees and found at the highest altitudes, is the most valuable because of its intoxicating and relaxing qualities. The Gurung men can import this honey to other parts of Asia for five times the price of the other honey. (26 min)

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4 Responses

  1. Chaun says:

    Other than the intoxicating property of the red honey, I wonder how it compares to our Manuka honey which is derived specifically from flowers that grow on manuka trees found only in New Zealand and some parts of Australia…

  2. shift says:

    I am not familiar with Manuka honey. Is it a real prize to get it? Most importantly, have you tasted it?

  3. Chaun says:

    Yes, I usually have a jar of Manuka honey at home as well as raw honey. It is not a real prize to get the Manuka compared to the red honey, but it’s not something you would want to spread on your toasts every morning either. :) The more ‘active’ it is, the higer the price. Be careful of fakes though: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/food-fraud-buzz-over-fake-manuka-honey/story-fnb64oi6-1226704038619#

  4. shift says:

    I see… Used as a health supplement…

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