Honey in Kuwait - Can you bee-lieve it?
Kuwait produces award winning honey...
In light of the recent Netflix documentary Rotten (available in Kuwait), a must see for those of you interested in the ‘behind closed doors’ happenings of the food industry at the moment. We have done a little research and discovered something pleasantly surprising - Kuwait produces high quality award-winning honey.
Given the arid planes, you could be forgiven for thinking that with less fertile flora and fauna and extreme summer heat, it would make it difficult for honeybees to a. survive and b. produce honey. To some extent this is true as most of the honeybees in Kuwait are imported from either Egypt or Italy as the naturally occurring local bee is much smaller in size and produces a very small amount of Honey.
But what’s so good about local honey?
Well, a few things...
Trusting the product
Firstly, as the first episode in the Rotten series exposes, there is a lot of false information with regards to the honey we are consuming globally. It turns out that sometimes what we think is honey is not actually honey at all and in fact, it has been diluted with sweet syrups to increase yield and revenue. For this reason, having access to locally produced honey from a source that can be trusted means at least you know what you are consuming. Ultimately, there is real honey and fake honey. Also known as ‘pure’ and ‘adulterated’ honey.
Kuwait produces ‘pure’ honey
The benefits of consuming ‘pure’ honey or ‘raw’ honey have long been discussed and although not everybody is on board some people swear by it. If you are interested, you can read more here at healthywithhoney.com and here with the well-being secrets for science-based evidence. However, for the purpose of this article we are just happy to find out that pure honey (the good kind) is available on our doorstep. You can also find out more regarding honey for health from Al-Owaid Honey Center for Apitherapy here in Kuwait.
Kuwait honey has been recognized on the global stage
A few years ago in 2015, Kuwait won the Gold medal at the International Honey Conference in South Korea. More specifically, it was the unique Kuwaiti Sidr Honey that was held in such high regard, not to mention also being awarded a Silver medal for our Rose – Nut Honey. Bottom line, honey experts have praised Kuwaiti honey.
Sidr Honey versus Manuka Honey
Sidr honey can be considerably more expensive (particularly if from Yemen) than Manuka but both have been recognized globally to carry medicinal properties. However, it seems that Sidr honey coming from the Sidr tree may carry some extra benefits. That being said, the world's Scientists are quickly coming to the same conclusion. Manuka honey is no longer considered an 'alternative' therapy and with its recognized antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it's creeping its way into mainstream medicine.
The Sidr tree is an ancient tree, native to Kuwait and other coastal desert climates and it has long been associated with a number of health remedies.
So, not only do we have access to pure honey minus all of the nasty additives, we actually have a type of honey that is highly sought after internationally. Kuwait does not produce enough honey annually to open up to export opportunities, thus the only way you can find it is by buying it locally. Obviously, that puts those residing in Kuwait in an advantageous position. Enjoy!
If you’re feeling brave…
Just to take it one step further, there is an innovative concept currently active within Kuwait called Just Bee. Just Bee is not only a reputable supplier of ‘raw’ honey (considered even better than pure honey) but they also offer beehive installation services of which you get to keep 10% of the honey produce. If simply consuming honey is more your thing then you can purchase from their Instagram page here.
A word of caution
Sugar is sugar! As much as we are celebrating our new-found facts and national pride in our Kuwaiti honey, let’s not overdo it. For all the suggested health benefits, honey is still mostly sugar and actually you don’t need to have more than a teaspoon a day to reap the benefits for your health and immune system. Everything in moderation and for those of you who struggle with blood sugar levels, perhaps best you speak to your Doctor before you start experimenting with any kind of honey. There has been some research to say that Acacia is the best honey for diabetics as it has a lower glycaemic index. That said, every body is different and so we will leave official recommendations in the hands of medical professionals.
Diet is such a personal choice and we don’t consider ourselves dietary experts, we do however believe that it is always best to be informed about the things we are putting into our bodies. We hope this article helps in choosing what is right for you!