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Why Burzyan Honey?
Burzyan honey is produced by Burzyan wild honey bees, A honeyBee unique to the Republic of Bashkortostan (Bashkiria) in the Ural Mountains, Russia.
Local people known as bashkort, meaning bee head keeper, have been involved in beekeeping since ancient times.
The honey is collected from Bashkir Ural and strict natural reserve Shulgan-Tash a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Burzyan Honey won more than 50 gold medals on different international exhibitions, yet it is still not established on the world markets. It is a regular champion of the famous International Green Week Berlin.
Burzyan Wild Bees
This specific type of bee is of the Russian honey bee species is a descendent of the European black bee (Apis mellifera mellifera), which has formed after millions of years of geographic isolation. A Unique gene pool of the Burzyan honey bees has been monitored for the last 20 years.Burzyan wild honey bees are declared as rare species by the state of commission of the Russian federation. They add a unique enzymes to the honey due to their extreme resistance to diseases and harsh cold.
Why Burzyan Wild Honey?
The honey is completely raw, untouched and unfiltered. when puts in the barrel the mixture of honey, bee bread and nest debris, nothing is removed.
it is made by a different kind of honey bee, the pure wild European black bee (Burzyan Wild HoneyBee) Unique enzymes added to honey.
Its collected from wild hives protected natural reserve in bruzansky , unpolluted high-altitude zone.
How to Extract Bortevoy Honey
Bort – is a natural or hollowed out by a person in a tree hollow with a nest of wild bees. The construction of bort begins with the search for a suitable tree. Everything is important here: the type of tree, its age, diameter, proximity to linden thickets and clear water, the tree must be alive. Bashkirs, as a rule, choose pine for a side tree, less often-larch, oak or linden. The tree should be thick enough, at least half a meter in diameter.
When the choice of a tree is made, a Tamga is cut down on it with an axe. Tamga – is a special sign (brand), which meant that bort belonged to a certain family or person. Branded bort and passed down by inheritance. The right to the father's Tamga was given to the younger son. The tamgas of his siblings were similar to his father's, but had additions of some element.
Then the tree is hollowed out with special tools. The dwelling of bees is usually arranged at a height of 4-16 meters. At this distance from the ground, there are more often natural hollows with bees. Here, the air is not as important as below, the safety is higher, the conditions are ideal for honey maturation. The special value of wild honey lies in its maturity.
The hollow is hollowed with special tools, depending on the thickness of the trunk make it quite spacious, with a diameter of 25 to 40 centimeters. Letok- is the entrance to the home of bees-cut through the side. For bees, it is necessary that it is facing South.
The new bort is left for a year or two to dry. When it is ready for settlement by bees, the bee-keepers will cover it with a neatly fitted board, insulate the flap with dry grass, or hang a broom made of fresh branches of linden or birch on it. Sometimes he will cover it with an iron net to protect it from a forest animal, or hang it on a rope near borti tukmak (log) – the oldest means of driving away a bear. The bort should be warm, dry, and well ventilated.
Bort serves the owner as long as the tree in which it is made can live. Often more than a hundred years. About once every ten years, the bort is cleaned and dried. Then, as if after construction, it stands waiting for new residents-forest bees.
The bee-hunter, trusting nature, rarely interferes with the life of the forest bee. Usually twice a season - in spring and autumn. However, your wild-lands he visits regularly. Observes the life of forest bees. At the first need, what needs to be corrected, cleaned.
To inspect the homes of forest bees and collect honey, bortman often goes on horseback, taking a gun just in case. To wild-land sometimes kilometers ten to twenty. The path runs through the taiga, where a lynx can hide in dense thickets on the branches of a tree, and a moose or bear can meet on the forest path.
Bortevoy honey is collected once a season. Usually closer to autumn, at the end of August or in September. Opening the bort, the bortman sees elongated-oval tongues of honeycomb hanging from the ceiling of the hollow, full of forest honey. He leaves the upper part to the bees for wintering. This is not less than 8-10 kg. These stocks of bee feed for the winter are not touched by the bortman, even if the bees have not collected anything in addition. If collected, the lower part of the honeycomb cuts off. He fills a wooden linden barrel with fresh honey and lowers it to the ground on a tightly woven rope (arkatau).
The autumn day bortman have time to check five to seven borts. He returns home at dusk. Today wild honey is as unique as wild-hive bee. In Bashkortostan not many know the ancient wild-hive beekeepers craft. A rare host has a hundred borts or more, usually they are much smaller. One onboard family per season gives from one to 10-15 kilograms of honey, in rare cases more.
Honey from borts is an exclusive product and differs from honey from frame hives. It is light or dark brown in color, sometimes with a greenish tinge and dark orange flecks of parchment, rich in wax and parchment, rich in enzymes and trace elements. The taste is tart, with a sourness from the parchment. The value of wild honey is due to the natural existence of the Bort bee. It lives in the wild, obeying the laws of nature, feeds on forest honey, nectar and pollen for which it has collected itself, does not know artificial feedings and medicines.
Bashkir honey owes its fame to the lime tree. Bashkir honey is most often referred to as lime honey – an environmentally safe natural product of the Bashkir forest, which has a subtle aroma of lime flowers and an unsurpassed taste.
Wild Hive Honey
Forest honey is called elite for its exquisite taste and healing properties. Experts and connoisseurs of honey distinguish it from all types of Russian honey. There is an explanation for this. The forest ecosystem is unique, it lives and develops according to the laws of nature and has not lost its ability to self-repair. Forest honey is the cleanest and safest from the point of view of ecology.
Bashkir wild honey refers to the forest honey. Bees collect it from the flowers of linden, maple, willow, other flowering trees and shrubs, and from numerous forest grasses.
Wild honey is a product exclusive and different from the honey from frame hives. It is light or dark brown in color, sometimes with a greenish tinge and dark orange flecks of parchment, rich in wax and parchment, rich in enzymes and trace elements. Wild honey has a unique delicate aroma and taste. The taste is tart, with a sourness from the parchment. It is rich in fructose and glucose. It contains enzymes, vitamins, hormones, amino acids, and mineral aromatics. This honey has no analogues in the world for its healing and taste qualities, as well as for its unique composition of trace elements.
Wild-hive honey is especially appreciated for its maturity: since it is collected only once a year, closer to autumn, the honey has time to mature.