We have brought together a community of #honey farmers who are trying to keep alive centuries old honey harvesting practices in current times of industrialised farming processes. Our community believes in letting the bees live in nature as they would without forcing them into the confines of a box hive, as seen in most modern honey farms. The team of honey harvesters, band together and track bees as they create hives in parts of our farms without disturbing their natural movement, and harvest honey when the purest nectar of the florals is overflowing from the naturally made hives.
These harvesters were forced to dilute nectar of their efforts to cater to the needs of large purchasers. We brought these scattered and disbanded individuals to come together and keep their tradition alive, Harvest honey in the most Cruelty Free, Organic and Purest form possible, with ZERO Environmental impact.
In keeping with this ethos for green practices we chose to manually package each bottle of honey with the same love and affection with which our team harvests this natures bounty. This way we not only reduce our environmental impact, but also create jobs for local youth, which could easily be replaced by a mechanised co-packer, while adhering to the strictest sanitisation and food safety standards.
Honeys from different bees: Different species of bees make different type of honeys. Commercial honeys blend various types of honeys. Our honeys also come from different bees and we keep it separate. The Wild Forest honey comes from sustainably harvested hives of the Apis Dorsata or the rock bee. The rock bee is known for high pollen content honeys. Pollen is recognized as 100% protein and our honeys sometimes has a creamy malai like layer.
Colour: Commercial honeys always of a single colour and a uniform flavour. Our honeys vary in colour and taste. For example, our Saffron honey is almost white in colour while our Wild Forest is a dark honey, to our Mahua-Palash honey which is a reddish honey.
How Karakoram Honey is made?
1) Florals are Planted
We plant the florals that flavour the honey, e.g. Mango, Sesame, Eucalyptus, Lychee etc. These flowers bloom in different seasons.
2) Bees Pollinate and convert Nector to Honey
The bees pollinate these florals to suck their nectar. The nectar, containing the pollen from these flowers, is converted to honey by the bees.
3) Farmers Harvest the Honey
Our farmers hailing from indigenous communities within West Bengal, harvest the honeys from the naturally occurring hives within our own fields, with minimal harm/damage to the bees.
4) Honey is Filtered
This honey undergoes a 4-step filtration process. This helps to remove impurities and pieces of beeswax that may be left behind, while our honeys are NOT Pasteurized, this helps in preserving the highest amount of natural nutrients. Many honey brands pasteurize their honey in order to achieve a constant consistency/viscosity, whereas the Non pasteurized honey the consistency varies from batch to batch, depending on the season.
5) Honey is Bottled and is Ready to Go
The honeys are hand bottled for your consumption.