|Honey in the Philippines|
The Philippines is rich in many jewels, and we fondly call our honey, the gold above the ground.
Honey in the lowlands
We have several bee farms in Central and Southern Luzon. We harvest several types of honey in the lowlands. In late December or early January to February, we have a mango honey harvest. Then again, later in the year, from May to June, we harvest different types of honey from Tropical Forest trees like Narra Acacia, and Coconut. Most types of lowland honey are darker in color and stronger tasting, except for the golden Narra Honey, which is beautiful and mild.
The Wild Sunflower Honey harvest is usually from November to December. Unlike the sporadic flowering of the Tropical Forest trees, wild sunflowers bloom intensely for two to four weeks (depending on the environmental conditions), making it a very short but intense time for the bees.
It is sad to say that with the changes brought about by overpopulation, climatic and environmental change it is becoming increasingly difficult to get a good harvest in places like Baguio. The wild sunflowers which used to fill up whole mountains and turn everything golden from November to December, are now slowly disappearing. Massive landslides, huge fires and the cutting and killing of sunflowers by humans have caused a major decline in wild sunflower plants which grow. To complicate things further, climate conditions are also less predictable these days, making Sunflower Honey more of a rarity as compared to the lowland, Tropical Forest honey.
When the coffee flowers bloom during summer, we also get a Coffee Honey harvest. Coffee honey is also a dark and very strong tasting type of honey. Some people like this more than any other types of honey!