Why are some honeys so expensive?

Because they are rare in that they come from a specific place, a specific floral variety or have unique properties.  Here are some examples:

ELVISH HONEY                                                                                                                                                                          Price  – up to $8200/Kg                                                                                                                                                                          This honey is not collected from beekeepers hives but collected from wild hives and professional climbers have to help extract it!  It’s found in a cave 1,800 metres deep in north-eastern Turkey.  Here bees create a “high-quality, mineral-rich honey” on the caves’ spherical walls.  The area around the caves is rich in endemic and medicinal plants.  This honey broke the records in February 2012 selling for 10,000 euro/Kg.

LIFE MEL HONEY                                                                                                                                                                      Price – up to $700/Kg                                                                                                                                                                              This honey comes from Israel and is valued for its therapeutic properties. It is collected from plants such as Siberian ginseng, echinacea, and unicaria tomentosa and used to combat the effects of chemotherapy.

SIDR HONEY                                                                                                                                                                                         Price – up to $460/Kg                                                                                                                                                                              Sourced from Yemen – in the Do’an Valley in the south of the Arabian Peninsula.  This honey comes from the nectar of the Sidr tree and is expensive due to its rarity.  Healing properties are similar to Manuka.

BASKIRIA HONEY                                                                                                                                                                             Price – up to $330/Kg                                                                                                                                                                              Sourced from the nectar of the  lime blossom in the Republic of Bashkorostan and rich in analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

SOCOTORA HONEY                                                                                                                                                                          Price – up to $180/Kg

From the island of Socotora in Yemen. The indigenous flora on this island produces an unusual flavour that combines bitter with sweet. It is recognised for its anti-diabetic properties.

HIMALAYAN HONEY                                                                                              Price – up to $165/Kg                                                                                                    Harvested from giant cliff dwelling bees, this honey is known to have hallucogenic effects.   It is reached by natives who suspend themselves from ropes to collect the honey.


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