We use Sheka honey organically harvested from the Ethiopian rainforest. It has a distinctive floral taste and smell because of the wildflowers the bees visit to make the honey.
Beza Mar are experts in Ethiopian Honey, are dedicated to improving the livelihoods of Ethiopian beekeepers and are extremely strict about the quality of their honey. They’re the first honey producers in Ethiopia to be delivering honey to foreign buyers – and our trade brings a precious source of income.
Honey is one of the few methods of earning money in the rainforest. The beekeepers recognise the importance of preserving the forest to protect the future of their income, and choose to keep the forest in its natural state rather than clearing land for agriculture.
The secrets of good beekeeping are passed down and refined through each generation. The keepers use handcrafted hives, working in harmony with the bees to produce a high quality honey. Their sustainable methods help to preserve the rainforest and its wild bee population, helping the bees to live in healthier hives which prevents the spread of disease.
Tenaye, one of the members of Beza Mar, was crowned ‘The Best Female Beekeeper in Ethiopia’. The income she’s earned from her honey has helped provide for her children. She’s now training other women to become beekeepers, enabling them to earn extra income to support their families.
Ethiopia is the top honey-producing country in Africa. The bees of Beza Mar visit thousands of flowers to make enough honey for just one Honeymania™ Body Butter.
Beza Mar, experts in Ethiopian honey
The UNESCO Sheka Forest reserve in Southern Ethiopia
The beekeepers are experts in their field and produce an extremely high quality, fragrant honey. Our trade with them helps to preserve the rainforest
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