Before traveling to a new country, a real traveler compiles a list of “must visit” places and “must try things”. If you have already got such a list for your upcoming tour to Iran, make sure to include in the list of “must try” the tasting of local species of honey. In Iran, honey is one of the most important products that is used daily as a part of a traditional breakfast. Honey is served in traditional tea houses, in modern cafes, in hotels for breakfast, etc.
Beekeeping in Iran: history and interesting facts
Iranians have been engaged in beekeeping for more than two thousand years. During the archaeological excavations in ancient cities of Persia pottery with traces of honey was found. Beekeepers assure that since then the traditions of beekeeping are unchanged and now the honey you try has the same taste that shahs had once eaten.
Beekeeping is mainly practiced in northwestern Iran, in the provinces of Ardebil, Kermanshah, Kurdistan, Isfahan, Lourestan, Hamadan, Khuzestan, Hamadan, East and West Azerbaijan. In Western Azerbaijan, more than 21,000 tons of honey are produced. Today, Iran is the 8th largest producer of honey in the world.
Despite the fact that the production of honey is rapidly increasing, the country is not yet known in the world market as one of the leading producers of honey. Increasing the production of honey can lead to a loss of quality control and, consequently, a decrease in product quality. At the moment, the country does not have enough resources to have companies to control production.
Beekeeping in Iran: miracle honey
Due to the variety of flora produced honey in Iran has healing effect: many varieties of honey have medicinal properties. In addition to honey, propolis, royal jelly, and pollen are used. Royal jelly is one of the most effective products for increasing immunity and resistance of the organism during radiation. The price of royal jelly in Europe and the US is quite high, and as a guest in Iran make sure to boy not only honey but royal jelly as well.