“If the bee disappeared from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live.”
- Albert Einstein
This statement reflects the major role played by bees in conserving the ecosystem and thereby sustaining human life. However, only a few realise the importance of bees, apart from the simple fact that they produce honey. In fact, bees perform a major function in indicating and maintaining a balanced ecosystem, as a natural pollinator, and consequently in supplying and securing food for humankind. In addition, bee by-products including honey, propolis, bee venom and beebread offer various applications for example as a natural sweetener and medical
benefits ~ Dr Wan Iryani, University Science of Malaysia.
What Is Tualang Honey?
Malaysian Tualang Honey is a multifloral jungle honey produced by the rock bee (Apis dorsata). They are typically around 17–20 mm (0.7–0.8 in) long. Nests are mainly built in exposed places far off the ground, like on tree limbs, under cliff overhangs, and sometimes on buildings. These social bees are known for their aggressive defense strategies and vicious behavior when disturbed.
Tualang here refers to tall trees which can grow up to 88 metres tall. You can see the below is a picture of a very old Tualang tree, and we are just tiny little people standing next to its roots.
Tualang honey actually refers to the honey collected wildly from various plants in the surrounding area of these gigantic trees. The bees mostly feed from the wild plants and herbs available in the rainforest and make beehives on Tualang tree. Hence the honey called Tualang Honey. To find out more about which blooms that the bees feed from, we have gathered some pictures and observe the bees behaviour for over two years and excitedly sharing them with you in our blog section.
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