Bitter Jamun Honey
This burgundy honey starts off tasting sweet but soon surprises you with a pleasantly bitter note. This honey is sustainably harvested from the wild by the Paliyan tribals of Kodaikanal.
Available in jars of 500 grams and 300 grams.
Product name: Bitter Jamun Honey
Package contents: Bitter Jamun Honey packaged in a glass jar
Weight: 500 gm and 300 gm as per the quantity selected
In the first few weeks of May, Paliyans an indigenous tribe in the Palani hills of Tamil Nadu gather honey from hives in tall trees and cliffs to bottle nectar that is pleasantly distinct. If you think honey is only sweet, think again. This burgundy honey starts off tasting sweet but soon surprises you with a bitter taste. This is an absolute delight for people who have a zest for bitter indulgences found in the laps of nature.
The Paliyans, an indigenous tribe in the Palani hills, foray into the Shola forests in groups for days on end to gather the honey. They camp in the forests and build their tools on the spot with vines and dried twigs. A small prayer is offered before skilful climbers clamber up (trees, caves or cliffs) to the hives. They smoke out the bees, deftly collecting only the honey chamber of the hive. The honeycombs are brought down and the honey is extracted. Leaving behind hives for the following season and the bees, they return with cans of honey on their long journey home.
Every jar of this honey once sold, will give more employment opportunities to the underprivileged community of Paliyans and will also help preserve this technique of collecting honey without destroying beehives. Thus it helps preserve the environment as well as provide better livelihood to the above mentioned community.