May 28, 2020

Turkish Honey

Delivering over 100,000 tons per year, Turkey is the second-best honey maker in the world. The honey produced in Turkey is of the best quality and rich with flavor.

Although, there are at least 5 beehives every 1 km squared, the financial experts and scientists say that Turkey is only using 1% of its potential. They are seeking approaches to expand this percentage to meet the increasing demand. The demand is mot yet met and as a result there are a lot of counterfeit honey.

The type of honey varies like that of wine. It depends on the plant from which it’s obtained. Also, the surrounding areas play their part in the production.

The honey has a different taste, aroma and color like flowers. The whole country is full of delicious honey and the taste in all regions vary depending on many factors.

Land of Honey

At the western edge of Turkey’s Black Sea coast there is the city of Rize famous for its honey. It’s developed in the slopes and mountains behind the city.

There is a typical conviction that the nature of honey increments with height. Nectar from the most elevated territories can get more than 650₺ ($300) per kilo!

The Anzer is nectar delivered at Rize city’s mountains which are 3000m high over the ocean level. It is generally sold after gathering from the nearby makers by the ANZER BALI KOY. Which is an association for agricultural development. Here the item gets recorded and endorsed after it goes under many tests.


Most beekeepers will, in general, move their hives during the time for fertilization. Also, to create nectar, wax, dust and imperial jam, contingent upon the season.

Honey bees can be either housed or shipped to fields at the perfect season to fertilize. For instance, in February apiaries might be either moved to Izmir in the west. Or to the Syrian fringe in the southeast.

Here almond trees will undergo fertilization. In the spring, beekeepers head to the mountains to exploit the new spring flowers. The Mediterranean region of Muğla has a long season extending from April to November.

There is nothing fancy about beekeeping in Turkey. That is until you learn the specifics of how they do it. As a passer-by, you will see locals have constructed large open sheds with shelves to place the hives on, away from the ground and any bears with ideas of doing a Winnie the Pooh impression. You think nothing of it but bees in this region are special.

These empower the bees to have great capacity throughout the entire year in all aspects of their use.

Honey bees in Agriculture

The fertile atmosphere provides suitable habitat to billions of bees and hives. There are hundreds of beekeepers to farm them. These men have been around for a long time.

These bees carry the process of pollination. Through them one-sixth of the flower species pollinate. Among them are 400 agricultural plant species.

Agribusiness is a huge industry in Turkey. Foods grown from the ground make up an immense level of the nation’s fares. Without bees, the world would not have the option to appreciate heavenly nourishments.

Like onions, cashew nuts, strawberries, chestnuts, watermelons, cucumbers. Also, sunflower seeds, fruits all sustenance that is most flavorful from Turkey.

Bees, the most far-reaching of the species found in Turkey. Also, in charge of pollinating rural yields. It makes up 33% of our eating routine, including leafy foods.

All honey bees have firm hairs and pockets on their legs, which enable them to gather more dust. And be proficient transporters of it between plants. These are additionally ready to concentrate their energies on one types of plant at once. The Caucasian queen bee in particular has a longer proboscis, used to gather nectar from the plants. It also works harder than other breeds. 

Facts and Statistics

Honey bee fertilization has turned out to be so essential to Turkish horticulture. In 2015, Bahri Yılmaz of Turkey’s Beekeepers Association said that bee forests were being built up. Along with the help of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs. It was to help balance out and develop rural generation.

High-quality fertilization happens by visiting the same flowers of specific animal varieties. The process of trying to fertilize non-pollinated ones is not a smart choice.

All plants of one group are getting even dissemination of dust from other species. Honey bees are additionally a persevering breed. They can travel great distances, accelerating the fertilization procedure.

Today, most horticultural ranchers have their own bee states for this very reason.

Honey from Pine Trees

The honey’s produced by bees that collect honeydew from a scale insect species. These small species live on certain pine trees. Many these aphids climb these trees and cover-up in the splits of the bark, shaping a wide heap of cotton-like wax.

This honeydew is then collected by bees when they travel. Next carried to beehives and placed in honeycombs. The mountains of the Aegean district are rich with pine trees. Hence, it is the most ideal spot for honey production. You will only find this honey around due to an abundant quantity of production. Either pile it on our cakes or mix with yogurt. There are also other delicacies in Turkey which are famous too.

Basic Vocabulary

Now that you are well aware of the world’s finest honey, why don’t you try some? Here are some words to help you with your honey-shopping:

Çam BalıPine-forest honey, particularly from the Aegean region
Çiçek Balı“Flower honey,” collected from hives near fields of flowers
Fer Özel BalıEspecially bright and clear honey
Ihlamur BalıLinden flower honey
van Balı
Honey from a hive that has been “rested” for months in a pitch-dark place, unaffected by light
Kekik BalıThyme-flowerhoney
Kestane BalıChestnut blossom honey
Kirçiçeği BalıWildflower honey
NarenciyeBalıCitrus flower honey, usually from the Mediterranean coast
Oğul BalıFirst honey drew from a new hive
Petek BalıHoney in the honeycomb
Sepet Kov-an Balı“Basket hive” honey
Yayla BalıMixed wildflowers from high mountain pastures

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