Producing honey in the forest keeps us from pesticide contamination and helps the forest to grow.

Updated:2019-07-29

Posted Date:2019-03-15

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Due to the widespread application of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in Taiwan over the years,the beekeepers have to look harder for areas where pesticides are applied at a lower level, or ask orchard owners to stop spraying pesticides during fruit trees’ flowering season for honey harvesting to prevent poor honey harvest caused by pesticide contamination or the poisoning of bees.

Forest honey is one of the major items that the Forest District Office has been promoting in recent years. The main reason is that there is no issue of pesticide contamination in mountainous forests,and these forests offer a wide variety of plants for bees to gather honey from at their ease. By placing beehives in the forests, beekeepers also help pollinate the plants in the forest through bees’ honey collection, which will facilitate the growth of the forest plants. It is a symbiotic relationship of mutual benefit between bees and a forest.

The beekeepers in Guanshan Township, Taitung County, said that even though they know there is honey of unique taste in the forest, most of them are unwilling to place beehives in the forest because the production of honey is far lower in the forest than in orchards, That’s why longan honey and lychee honey are the most common honeys on the market in Taiwan, while forest honey is very rare.

However, due to the influence of extreme weather across the world, the production of both lychee honey and longan honey the beekeepers harvested declined significantly last year; surprisingly, the amount of forest honey harvested in Hongshi Forest Trail was beyond what was expected over the past years. It indicates that we still have a lot to learn from nature.

The flavor of forest honey is rich and full of the essence of various plants. It’s not only pesticide- free, but also helpful to forest growth. We recommend you give it a try when you have a chance.

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