100% Wild Bee Honey from Indonesia's Rain Forest
About Sialang Honey
Sialang Tree (Koompassia excelsa) is an endemic tree of Bukit Tiga Puluh (30 Hills), Sumatra. Sialang trees is usually higher and stronger than other trees in the forest. Sialang itself is the name for a tree that houses beehives with a height up to 60 meters and because their branches are so high up, the giant honeybees (Apis dorsata binghami) love to build their hives there. In just one tree, we can have as many as 30 hives.
The practice of deforestation and continuous and irresponsible harvesting has resulted in the rare existence of the liquid. At present, the productivity of sialang honey in Siak and Pelalawan Village is decreasing due to the conversion of forest into plantations. The conversion of forest caused decreasing if honey production because the availability of types of flowers as a food source of bee is increasingly limited.
Ancient Ritual before Harvesting Sialang Honey, Harvesting is done sustainably using traditional methods, ancient mantra, and rituals, ensuring that a portion of the bee comb is still intact to allow sustenance of the bee colonies. Local communities regard the Sialang trees as a protected tree species with a long-standing. Honey collection is a seasonal activity that varies from year-to-year and seen as an ethnic ritual. Ancient ritual is done at night regarding the culture and customs that have been carried out for generations.
Traditional community law protects sialang trees and their beehives, as well as about 100 hectares of forest surrounding each tree. The seven villages have 154 trees, meaning they provide protection for 15,400 hectares of forest. A single tree has between 10 to 30 bee combs. However, sialang trees favored are also favored by loggers as they fetch a better price. Many of sialang species are now critically endangered. Logging not only threatens the forest, but also the livelihoods of the local traditional people who collect wild honey.
Honey is a big source of income for my family. Having this partnership means I get a fair price, and can earn a lot more. The buying price is also stable, and I do not have to search for new buyers for every sale. For us, it has been life-changing! (Massage from Sialang Climbers)
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