Wild honey hunters- It is a way of life, it cannot be described as a company or repacking unit. For over two generations of experience, we have perfected the art of collecting honey from the unreachable places in the wild and bringing it to your door steps, unprocessed with all the naturally occurring phytonutrients intact.
Wild honey hunters support the livelihoods of more than 300 tribal families in the Western Ghats, who worship bees as their god and takes part in the conservation of bees and educate people on the importance of bees in our ecosystem.
We differentiate the honey based on flowering season and the type of honey bee that built the hives. Taste colour and texture of our wild honey differs all through the year based on the major flower present and the climatic condition around the hives.
Wild Honey Hunters
Along with the inherited experience from our forefathers and travel experience into the forests of south India for more than a decade, we have gained a significant experience with the wild honey bees and their natural behaviour and their importance in the survival of ecosystem and came to know the true value of wild honey and its benefits to mankind.
Wild Honey Hunters is founded by three likeminded people driven by passion to live life by doing something they love. Analysing the market, they were hardly able to find a pure wild honey, Along with the past experience with nature and bees, they themselves decided to venture a unit that acts as a bridge between forest tribes supporting for their livelihood and the people in need of this elixir, providing only pure wild honey and its products to this society.
Wild Honey Hunters- Yes, as the name stands, we deliver honey collected from wild free range hives built naturally by the native honey bees and not the honey from commercially farm grown box hives using imported hybrid varieties-which are used for heavy production along with high antibiotics contaminations.
We collect honey along the permitted regions of the forest through native tribes of that particular area. We squeeze and filter the honey from its comb and sundry them to reduce the moisture to stop fermentation. We don’t heat or pasteurize them. Hence the honey we give comes in its natural form with all the beneficial microbes and nutrition intact.
Knowledge through inheritance
As you can see, from our documented videos of honey collection by our tribal people, Honey harvesting by traditional methods is a knowledge passed on from one generation to another by practically learning the skills on field and it combines both personal skills and use of the available resources prepared from the surroundings such as bamboo ladder and smoke torches. They pay their respect to bees before every harvest and worship them as their deity and hence they do not harm or kill the bees during honey collection. In traditional way of collecting honey, they only use smoke to drive the bees away without harming them and hence the bees return to the same place to rebuild the hives.
Apart from building individual hives, Rock bees flock together as colonies and migrate over to a flowering area and build their hives in each region over a same place like a large tree or a bigger rock consecutively every year. A single colony of bees will consist from 50 to 300 individual hives at a same place. Good rain over a region will guarantee the return of the colony over the same place to build the hives.
Finding a bee hive during a dry season is another unique set of skill developed over time only through experience, they watch the bees collecting nectar, observe the direction of their flight and take key notes on the bee droppings in that particular area to locate the hives to a exact location. Sunrise and sunset are the preferable timing to observe the flight of the bees.
Uniqueness of the wild honey
The colour taste and texture of the wild honey constantly changes throughout the year, according to the taste of nectar of the major floral variety present in that particular season. We do collect both Multi-Floral and Mono-Floral honey according to the seasonal availability to provide the customized needs of our customers. For instance, honey collected during the neem flowering season will be darker and sweeter, whereas the honey collected during the jamun flowering season will be a slight light textured and bitter and kurinji will be yellowish green with its unique sweetness.