What makes Melipona honey unique?

According Food & Wine, Yucatán is a state in southwestern Mexico known for its many treasures such as Mayan ruins and dense tropical rainforests. This ecologically fragile area is home to the Mayan people, who maintain the 3,000-year-old ancient art of Melipona honey production called meliponicultura.

Stingless Melipona bees (Melipona Beechelli) have the ability to absorb more nutrients from the plants they frequent. The Matador Network notes that Melipona honey producers combine the nectar of flowers and plants found only in Yucatán with wholesome honey. The diversity of flora specific to the peninsula is full of healthy compounds that the Melipona bees transform into antifungal, antiviral and antimicrobial honey.

Scientific studies have confirmed that honey created by stingless bees contains a higher concentration of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds than honey made by bees with stingers (via Food & Wine). shiny stuff notes that the nutrient-rich honey revered by ancient Mayan healers and modern health enthusiasts may prevent cancer, control blood sugar, help heal wounds, and treat other ailments like eye diseases, skin conditions, problems respiratory and digestive problems.

Melipona bees have been on the verge of extinction since the influx of European bees introduced by Spanish colonizers, and meliponicultura was slowly fading into history. There has been a welcome revival in culture, as the healthy qualities of honey have sparked global interest, and its health benefits aren’t the only ones creating a buzz.

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