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Gift the Goodness of Honey

utmt gifting honey

The practice of gifting honey seems to be as old as man. It has been a traditional gift for many occasions. Bees and honey have been around for as long as we can find records. One of the oldest is a painting in spider cave, near Valencia, Spain dated between 6,000 and 8,000 years old. What they did with this golden treasure and how they used it has disappeared with them. However, there have been records that provide clues to the use of honey as a gift tradition. The question then is, where did we get this custom to give honey on special occasions?

As far back as 30 B.C., in ancient Egypt, honey was used in the households as a sweetening agent. It was highly valued and was often paid as a tribute or as payment. By the 7th century B.C. Greeks were gifting honey to the Gods and to the departed spirits as a sacrificial offering. Fast forward to the 11th century, German peasants followed the path of the Egyptians in gifting honey to the feudal lords as payment.

The exchange of gifts is a key aspect of many cultures worldwide. What you give is just as important as how and when you give it. The giving of gifts is a language of symbols, and giving honey is like sweet poetry. Thoughtful gifts go a long way. They mark the thing you’ll be remembered by.

Honey is one of the many ways to ease the burden and sweeten this gift-giving process. Flavoured honey is among the easiest and most delicious herbal treats. Not only is it a unique gift, it is healthy — both for your body and mind. Honeybees are found all over the world and so are the delicacies that include their sweet honey: Spanish tapas, French sauces, British biscuits and Turkish cakes. Honey is a globally recognized and treasured resource that enriches many different cultures through their recipes and cultural traditions. This festive season, when considering what to give your loved ones, friends, neighbours or coworkers—think about giving the gift of honey.

The honey manufactured by Under The Mango Tree’s farmers is organic and pure. We have various gifting options that suit all kinds of occasions — be it corporate, birthdays or anniversaries. In addition, 10% of your purchase directly impacts the livelihood of farmers in rural India through our Bees for Poverty Reduction Initiative.

 

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Benefits of Organic Honey

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Organic honey is known for its medicinal benefits. Read ahead to find out more about the healing powers of organic honey…

Organic honey has played an important role in traditional medicine since ancient times. The texts of Ayurveda consider honey as a boon due to the medicinal benefits of honey. Honey helps in treating indigestion, acute cough, skin disorders (such as wounds and burns), and other lung-related diseases. According to Ayurvedic experts, honey is also helps in keeping the teeth and gums healthy.

In addition, during the past few decades, honey is gradually being accepted into modern medicine. This shift has resulted from the various medicinal benefits of honey that have been discovered after rigorous research through laboratory investigations. The following are some of the most remarkable findings related to the healing powers of honey-

  1. Honey may possess anti-inflammatory properties and provide assistance in stimulating immune responses within a wound. These anti-inflammatory effects of honey in humans after ingestion of honey have been demonstrated through research related to the medicinal benefits of honey.
  2. One of the most critical discoveries is the antibacterial properties of honey. Honey reportedly has an inhibitory impact to around 60 types of bacteria. A few reviews demonstrate that diluted honey can be utilized to treat urinary tract infections in light of the fact that specific bacteria causing urinary tract diseases were observed to be sensitive to the antibacterial action of honey.
  3. One of the most studied uses of honey is found in mending of wounds. The most prominent medicinal benefit of honey can be witnessed while dressing wounds as honey catalyzes the healing process and prevents risks of infection.
  4. Ingestion of honey has also proven to be helpful in treating diseases such as diarrhea, gastroenteritis, and peptic ulcer disease.
  5. Organic honey can play a vital role in the treatment of chest pain, fatigue and vertigo. This is probably due to the high nutritional energy content of honey which provides immediately available calories after consumption.
  6. Apart from the use of honey in treatment of diseases, some studies also demonstrate that honey is an effective, alternative source of carbohydrates, especially for athletes undergoing endurance training.

Get started with this simple banana and honey porridge recipe (link below)-https://nowcookit.co.uk/recipes/banana-and-honey-porridge

lichi honey flavors

Various honey flavors such as litchi honey, sweet clover honey or wild forest honey can be used to make a simple and healthy banana and honey porridge.

Reference: 

Eteraf-Oskouei, T., & Najafi, M. (2013). Traditional and Modern uses of natural honey in human diseases: A Review. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences,16(6), 731-742. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3758027/

What are the benefits of extracting honey from a bee box as compared to hunting bees in forests? Extracting honey from a bee box saves the time and energy bees require to re-fill honey in the empty combs without wasting their time on making the comb first. It also saves the time and energy of the beekeeper while removing and putting back the combs in the bee-boxes without disturbing the honey-bees. It is a pro-environmental practice as honey is extracted without destroying the combs. Honey is extracted only from the super chamber (surplus honey) which doesn't take away their stored honey used during dearth periods (no food) and also doesn't expose the brood frame (egg, larva, pupae) outside to die or attract infection. In addition, extracting honey from the bee box also provides assurance of the honey’s purity and thus, honey extracted through this process can be consumed without any processing, given that everything used in the extraction process is hygienic.

In conversation with Nikhil Sathe, Technical Assistant

According to you, what are the most significant ways in which the training session(s) organised by UTMT have impacted the lives of the farmers?

Generally, the maximum duration of most bee-keeping training sessions for farmers or less educated people is one month or sometimes even shorter than that. However, we not only provide Two-day or monthly training sessions but also walk along with the farmers throughout the year, practically teaching them seasonal management and also advanced bee-keeping techniques and new inventions related to bee-keeping. I personally find this very significant and unique as I have noticed that it has impacted the lives of the farmers impressively through the inclusion of bee-keeping in their routine.

 What are some of the most common questions/ doubts you were asked during the training session?

Farmers mostly ask how they would fill up the bee-boxes. Some other frequently asked questions are-

  • How can we manage a bee-box as bees sting a lot?
  • What do we do with the surplus honey? (Market access)
  • How will we get a bee-box and the expense incurred for the same?

Can you please describe the content you use during the training session?

We use pictures and videos of every single thing we talk about in our training. Pictures of Queen, Drones and Worker bee, where they live, how to identify cerana bees, stand and shade for bee-boxes are some of the pictures used. In addition, videos on how to transfer a Feral colony into bee-box, preparations before doing an NCT (natural colony transfer), how to extract honey, life cycle of honey-bees, how bees pollinate and many other videos related to bee-keeping are shown during the training.

Is such visual aid a more impactful tool during the training sessions?

I personally believe it to be very impactful aid because it helps them to relate/understand the sessions more easily which continues to happen throughout the training.

Nikhil Sathe inspiring beekepers

Technical Assistant Nikhil getting potential women beekeepers and children excited about the prospect of beekeeping by showing videos and pictures of active bee boxes.

What are the benefits of extracting honey from a bee box as compared to hunting bees in forests?

Extracting honey from a bee box saves the time and energy bees require to re-fill honey in the empty combs without wasting their time on making the comb first. It also saves the time and energy of the beekeeper while removing and putting back the combs in the bee-boxes without disturbing the honey-bees.

It is a pro-environmental practice as honey is extracted without destroying the combs. Honey is extracted only from the super chamber (surplus honey) which doesn’t take away their stored honey used during dearth periods (no food) and also doesn’t expose the brood frame (egg, larva, pupae) outside to die or attract infection.

In addition, extracting honey from the bee box also provides assurance of the honey’s purity and thus, honey extracted through this process can be consumed without any processing, given that everything used in the extraction process is hygienic.

Nikhil Sathe teaching honey extraction process

Technical Assistant Nikhil Sathe explaining to local honey hunters how easy it is to extract honey from a bee box as compared to hunting bees in forests.

Can you tell us about the response, particularly from potential female beekeepers, that the training session received?

In general, farmers become more inquisitive after the training and are excited about the new journey of beekeeping that they are about to embark on.

I distinctly remember one instance where this woman was so amazed to know what bees do, how they live and so on that she came and attended the training. She was glad that she attended the training because otherwise all her life she would continue to think that the only purpose of a bee’s life is to collect honey. However, as new and surprising information about honeybees was revealed during the training session, she became aware of the crucial role honeybees play in our ecosystem.

 Kanti Bai as a beekeper

Kanti Bai (Left) was the first one to give her name for wanting to train as a beekeeper. We are proud to add her to our cadre of beekeepers!

What was the most memorable experience you have had during the training session(s)?

The astounded look on farmers’ faces when they learn about honey-bees is something remarkable and this happens in every training I have attended so far. This feeling is very beautiful because I personally have experienced it when I was learning about honey-bees. Farmers also express their gratitude towards the trainers at UTMT for teaching them about importance of bees in the lives of farmers, particularly the role bees play in pollination. In addition, they also become aware of other useful information such as how bees are domesticated, the various species of bees, the benefits of beekeeping, and the various modern beekeeping practices.