Yucatan Bees

Honeybees in the Yucatan Peninsula

A leading world producer……

Photo Courtesy of Benny Campos

The Yucatan Peninsula generates nearly 1/3 of all the honey produced in Mexico.  In fact, the Yucatan honey is especially prized in areas of Europe, including France and Germany.

 

Attributed to the excellence of the area’s honey is a number of factors, including the co-mingling of the European honey bee (apis mellifera) and the Melipona bee, indigenous to th area and without a stinger.

 

The European bees were introduced to the area in 2011, and is known for it’s large production.  The Melipona bee has been in the peninsula since the pre-hispanic area, and is accredited with creating a honey rich in both medicinal and regenerative properties.

 

With high vitamin and mineral content, Yucatecan honey’s uses range from the gourmet to natural remedies. Health benefits include use as an anti-inflammatory, respiratory illness preventative, skin exfoliant, lip, face, and hair moisturizer, and healing agent for burns and acne scars.

Another advantage of Yucatecan honey is that it does not expire, keeping its benefits over long periods of time

Honey produced in the Yucatan Peninsula is considered to be unequalled flavor, body, vitamin content, dark amber color, and high quality.

Abejas en la Península de Yucatán

Un productor mundial. . .

En la Península de Yucatán se genera casi 1/3 de la miel producida en México. De hecho, la miel de Yucatán es

Photo Courtesy of Robin Chacon

especialmente apreciada en Europa, incluyendo Francia y Alemania.

 

Se atribuyen una serie de factores a la excelencia de la miel, entre éstos, la integración de la abeja europea (Apis Melifera) y la abeja Melipona, endémica de la zona y carente de aguijón.

 

La abeja europea se introdujo en el año 2011 y se le conoce por su elevada producción. La Melipona ha estado en la Península desde la época prehispánica y se le atribuye la producción de miel con propiedades tanto regenerativas como medicinales.

 

Con un elevado contenido de vitaminas y minerales, el uso de miel yucateca va desde lo gastronómico hasta los remedios naturales. Los beneficios para la salud abarcan su uso como antiinflamatorio, para prevenir enfermedades; exfoliante; humectante de labios, cara y cabello, y como cicatrizante para quemaduras y acné.

 

Otra de sus ventajas es que no caduca y conserva sus beneficios durante largo tiempo.

 

Se considera que el sabor, cuerpo, contenido vitamínico, color ámbar obscuro y elevada calidad de la miel producida en la Península de Yucatán son inigualables .

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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