White Honey from Kyrgyzstan

What is white honey?

White honey is a unique gift bestowed upon us mere mortals by the honey gods themselves! Or it may as well be, given the manner in which the humble bee expertly plucks nectar from the Sainfoin flower to ultimately craft this sweet prize of nature. White honey, as its name implies, is simply pure, raw, natural honey that is off-white/pearl in colour and has a velvety, creamy texture. It is white in colour, strong in taste with floral perfumes, it is one of the rarest varieties of gastronomic honey available on an international level.

But why is it white?

The honey is mainly harvested from a single floral source, ‘Sainfoin’, which grows only in one area in Kyrgyzstan, in the high-altitude region of At-Bashi in Naryn Province. Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful Eastern European country with many mountainous regions and peaks. This white honey is a type of monofloral honey, which means that the honeybees collect the nectar and pollen primarily from a single plant, giving the honey potent qualities from that particular plant. Monofloral honey is the most prized and usually slightly more expensive than mixed honey. According to studies, sainfoin can attract 10 times more bees than white clover and many beekeepers consider sainfoin honey to be superior. The beautiful pink blossoms of the sainfoin plant are known to produce a lot of nectar and pollen, making them a magnet for honeybees. The final properties in this honey will naturally crystallize, creating a pearly white colour with exceptional taste and creaminess. It is widely believed that honey coming from bees that feast on sainfoin is of the highest quality.

Why should you care?

Do you love honey? If yes, then you can skip the next few points and head straight to the end! Otherwise, here are a few reasons why our white honey should find a home in your pantry:

Taste and texture – lets start here, the flavour of white honey is often reported as having a distinct floral taste, lightly fruity and not overly sweet. We think it is one of the most versatile honeys to use as a natural sweetener for many foods and beverages alike. This delightfully flavoursome profile is produced only from the nectar of wild flowers that flourish in the summer in the natural untouched alpine meadows on the eastern side of Lake Issyk-Kul, among the Tien-Shan Mountains. Plus, white honey had a thick and creamy texture that is perfect for spreading on baked goods. Our favourite way to enjoy white honey is to simply spread a generous serving on a slice or two of wholewheat toast!

Health benefits – if the delicious taste isn’t enough to convince you, white honey is also known for its natural curing properties, with benefits like having anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Natural antibacterial and antioxidants properties help to protect the body from cell damage due to free radicals. White honey also helps boost the immune system and prevents against seasonal coughs and colds.

  • Source of vitamins and minerals.
  • Act as a tonic and reduces tiredness.
  • Improves blood circulation and metabolism.
  • Protects against gastrointestinal diseases (such as gastritis and gastric ulceration caused by bacteria).

In addition, white honey helps to boost immunity against diseases as well as energy throughout the day!

Organic – finally, our white honey is fully raw, meaning that its production does not involve high-temperature processing. It allows preserving natural properties of the nectar, harvested by the bees: amino acids, different minerals and a wide range of vitamins and enzymes. Also, raw honey contains 30 kinds of biologically active plant components, called polyphenols, which act as antioxidants. Many studies link these antioxidants to impressive health benefits, including reducing inflammation and the risk of heart disease. The climatic conditions of the Naryn region are unique – being far from urban areas, the air and water are clean and wild herbs grow freely. The Naryn province contains the valleys and slopes of the high-altitude inner Tien Shan mountains, which are characterized by their harsh climate. Despite this, many rare medicinal herbs thrive in this environment. There are many wild meadows with an abundance of herbs and flowers – including the above mentioned sainfoin, also known as “holy hay”.

Where can you get it?

You could traverse the globe, journey through Eastern Europe into Kyrgyzstan and endure the harsh conditions of the Tien-Shan Mountains, with the hopes of discovering this gold standard of honey for yourself?!? Or you could just head over to our shop, where our expert network of beekeepers have done the work for you! And remember to sign-up to our mailing list for an introductory discount code and more specials sent to your inbox!