Does Sidr Honey take the crown as the world's best honey?

The term ‘single origin’ is usually reserved for tea and coffee, but is equally well placed to describe honey that has been produced from a single source. This occurs when bees are given access to significant amounts of nectar from one type of plant, producing mono-floral honey. As opposed to multifloral honey, which is a mix of the flowers within 5 km of the beehives. Sidr honey is a prime example of the worlds finest monofloral honey, harvested from the flowers of the Sidr tree, which can be found in Africa, Southern and Western Asia for countries.

 

 

Historical origins

Sidr honey has been harvested for centuries, using time honored techniques that have been respected for generations. Sidr honey originates in Yemen’s Hadramaut Mountains, and has been used for its medicinal properties for over 7,000 years. The fascinating history of Sidr stretches back to ancient religious scriptures, including the Bible, Torah and Qur’an. Examples include John The Baptist who survived in the wilderness on a diet of honey, Jewish traditions believe honey improves vision and wisdom, and the Quran even has an entire chapter dedicated to the honey bee. Honey is described in that chapter as a drink of many colors in which there is healing for mankind:

“And your Lord inspired to the bee, “Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct.” [Qur'an 16:68]

“Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you]. There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed, in that is a sign for a people who give thought.” [Qur'an 16:68]

Ancient cultures have used the Sidr trees fruit, as well as the leaves, bark and roots to treat several illnesses and disorders, including the anti-inflammatory and curative properties, which has for hundreds of years helped to heal skin issues and wounds.

The Sidr tree

Sidr honey is sourced from the Sidr tree’s flowers. The tree’s botanical title is Ziziphus Spina-Christi, but it actually has several different names, to include Christ’s thorn tree, Lote or Jujube, Lote. Is is in the evergreen family and can be grown in desert, semi-desert and coastal regions. It’s native to regions of Asia and Africa, and can also be seen in Pakistan, India, Libya, Ethiopia, Egypt, the Sudan, as well as in the south region of the Arabian Peninsula. 

The tree additionally can be found in sections of Yemen in which honey is a deeply entrenched part of their culture. In fact, Sidr honey is many times called Yemen honey. Sidr trees are strong and have derp roots that can stand up to bad weather conditions such as a flood or a drought. On average the tree  grows to a height of between seven and eight meters high. Its flowers are a shade of yellow and it has round fruit which starts off yellow and turns red when ripe.

The culture and history of the Sidr trees

The Sidr Tree is said to be one of the plants of Paradise, according to the Quran. It is addressed to highlight its loveliness, grandeur and strength. The tree’s fruit was the initial thing which the Prophet Adam consumed whenever he was forced to fall to the Earth due to the fruit’s powerful source of energy. Sidr trees were used in the time of King Suleiman’s time. Plus, the Pharaohs utilised it for building temples and palaces. It’s thought that the ‘Crown of Thorns’ depicted in the Bible which Jesus wore when he was crucified was fashioned from the Sidr tree branches.

The Sidr leaves played a part in the UAE’s cultural heritage. The oral history project known as Al Hemyan is helping to establish a digital library for public display and art in Abu Dhabi. One of the contributors, Hamda Al Bu Falah, who is also a New York University student stated, "I believe my great-grandmother’s generation was the last ones to use Al Sidr leaves. They were utilized as a type of bodywash or shampoo. The tale goes that the leaves were picked, grinded up and mixed with water to produce a kind of soap. We’ve got so much these days in comparison to several generations ago. Al Sidr leaves have caused me to take a look at the things we have presently, as well as how far we’ve come."

You can still buy powdered Al Sidr leaves in today’s herbal shops. This makes up the main ingredient of Oman's Sidr assortment of herbal shampoos.

Sidr Tree Benefits 

Every bit of the Sidr tree provides some kind of health benefit. Its fruit provides lots of energy and the seeds are a vital source of protein, while its have vast quantities of iron, magnesium and calcium, and its stem bark and roots have been used in several medicinal formulations. Plus wood ash from it has been used to treat snakebites.

All these properties and nutrients are preserved in raw Sidr honey which many times is known as the ‘Manuka of the Middle East because of its comparable or even perhaps additional nutrients and active enzymes.

Raw Yemeni Sidr honey

Numerous varieties of raw honey provide health and therapeutic traits, however, Sidr Honey provides a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and additional nutrients that make it extremely more powerful. It can cure numerous conditions along with boosting the immune system, enhancing energy, treating various digestive problems and sustaining a healthy gut. These trees are grown within the Hadramout region, which is in the mountains that surround a secluded valley known as Wadi Do'an in Southern Yemen. Due to that secluded region, it allows for the production of a true monofloral type of honey. There’s just a brief timeframe during the year whenever the tree’s flowers are blooming, and the kind of bees which collect the nectar of these flowers are also rare, so the honey is as well.

Yemeni Sidr honey’s taste  

Alongside Sidr honey’s nutritional and therapeutic benefits, it has a unique, deep caramel flavor. That’s because of the type of dirt in this region of Yemen. It’s additionally due to the secluded location from which the bees come from far away to take the strong and potent nectar from the flowers. Beekeepers in apply traditional techniques which indicates they don’t use any type of antibiotic or chemicals so the honey stays pure. Honey Connection is set up and they send this genuine raw honey straight to us (guaranteeing it is the real thing).

Honey Connection started with a tiny assortment of the top raw Yemeni Sidr honeys, That’s still at the core of our range now, The Raw Yemeni Sidr Do'ani Honey have intricate and strong flavors as well as health-boosting benefits.

Therefore, the next moment you open a jar of this raw, Yemeni Sidr honey, you can think about the incredible ancient healing Sidr Tree which provided its nectar to bees, thus creating this remarkable flavored honey that also includes a multitude of healthy benefits as well.