Natural…

I read somewhere online that what is natural is best and what is processed may not be all that good – they were talking about butter and margarine.

Well, the kelulut honey, unlike the commercially processed and produced ones sold at the shops and supermarkets, is definitely 100% natural and my dear friend, my ex-colleague, Carole, is rearing those stingless bees for it. She was also at that wedding dinner that night and she asked me to drop by her house to get it from her.

She has all these hives…

Hives 1

…all over her house compound…

Hives 2

…and the bees are in those rectangular boxes on top.

The hubby opened a couple…

Honeycomb 1

…so I could have a glimpse at the bees and the honeycomb inside…

Honeycomb 2

They planted these flowers, what the Malays call bunga air mata pengantin (bride’s tears), the pink…

Pink

…as well as the white…

White

…variety. If I am not wrong, these are called Mexican creepers and also coral vine, Coralita, bee bush or San Miguelito vine but many people are planting them for the bees so much so that they are starting to call it bunga pengantin kelulut. My neighbour has it growing on his fence in front of the house and it sure attracts a lot of bees, the stingless ones as well as the not-s0-harmless varieties.

I’ve noticed that the bees are also attracted to my dill flowers…

Dill flowers

…which I’m sure will contribute towards bringing the taste of the honey to a whole new level as the flowers are as fragrant as the leaves. I was told recently that in New Zealand, they plant the manuka flowers for their bees so the taste of the manuka honey is pretty consistent unlike the kelulut honey which will depend on what flowers or sources of honey they have access to. I understand that during the fruit season when the trees will all be flowering, the honey will be extra nice.

I told Carole about the bees and my dill flowers and yes, she heard about that too and she showed me the ones she planted – they are still very small; I am sure it would be quite  a while before there will be any flowers.

She gave me a bottle of the honey and I got two more bottles from her – of course, I paid for the fruit of her labour, RM25.00 each…and she also gave me this jar of tempoyak (fermented durian) that she made herself recently…

From Carole

How very timely! My missus just used up our stock of the very much coveted stuff a couple of weeks ago.

Thank you so much, Carole – I sure will drop by again as and when I need any more of the honey.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

6 thoughts on “Natural…”

  1. They are so skillful to do this on their own. Are you interested to rear bees for their honey too?

    Would be a lucrative venture, I’m sure – looking at the prices they are selling for…but I don;t think I will go into it, too old.

  2. Since your house compound is so big and with all the flowers around, have you ever think of venturing into rearing these bees for honey too to pass your time? These natural honey are more watery compared to the processed ones and some might taste sweet or sour. They don’t come cheap though.

    Yes, my compound would be perfect for this but I don;t think I have the energy…no the skill to set up all those hives. Maybe if my girl resigns – she still cannot get her transfer – she can go into it. At those prices, I am sure the money is good. Yes, this one is more sour than the one my friend gave me before – it depends on the flowers the bees have access to.

  3. How to contact and buy the honey from Carole?

    I’ll have to ask her first. If she does not mind, I shall email you her address and phone number.

  4. That looks lovely!

    Funny story – i was actually introduced to tempoyak by a mat salleh colleague. Of course he’d been staying in Malaysia for over a decade.

    Oh? This fermented version is somewhat an acquired taste. The fried one at Payung here is not fermented – if one is a durian lover, one will love it. My friend’s wife, from KL, had it the other night and it left her absolutely speechless. So very nice with all the ingredients added!

  5. Wow! Own home bee hives and honey.

    Currently I am taking rainforest acacia honey. I taking every morning lately due to my throat.

    Never heard of it. Went and googled – looks like Cosway sells it too. Many cough syrups have honey too but dunno what honey they use. Before this, I only knew Manuka honey from New Zealand.

  6. Manuka Honey is good, especially those pure ones harvested like these… .. can heal cough and some other ailments too….. at least it heals my cough.. 🙂

    Yes, and VERY expensive…but I read online the other day that this is even better than Manuka honey! Not cheap either.

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