raw and nat­u­ral

New Straits Times - - Heal -

KUEK Siew Phey sells raw honey ob­tained from her fam­ily’s bee farm in Kam­pung Mata Air, Pu­lai Chon­dong, Ke­lan­tan.

She says once con­sumers try raw honey, they will never set­tle for the pro­cessed ver­sion.

Her fam­ily has about 50 hives in their ru­ral home. The bees are of the stin­g­less “kelu­lut” species.

Most of their cus­tomers are from Ke­lan­tan al­though Kuek, who is based in the Klang Val­ley, sells to peo­ple in the city and in other states too.

Her brand, Liku Kelu­lut Honey, has many re­peat or­ders as cus­tomers like that it’s com­ing from a nat­u­ral source.

HIVE tO BOt­tlE

Kuek and her fam­ily ini­tially used sy­ringes to ex­tract the honey from from their hives be­fore in­ject­ing it into bot­tles for sale but they have since in­vested in a sim­ple ex­trac­tion ma­chine.

“But we don’t add any­thing to the honey. We keep it in its orig­i­nal form,” she says.

The price for the honey ranges from RM30-RM180 depend­ing on the size of the bot­tle.

Depend­ing on the sea­son and the type of flow­ers the bees feast on, there will be dif­fer­ences in the colour and tex­ture of the honey.

Once, a batch of honey was pur­ple as the bees had feasted on roselle flow­ers.

Dur­ing the durian sea­son, when the bees eat the nec­tar from durian flow­ers, the aroma and tex­ture of the honey will also be dif­fer­ent.

Raw honey is al­ways in lim­ited sup­ply be­cause bees do not pro­duce honey all the time. Dur­ing the rainy sea­son, they hi­ber­nate. They are also very sen­si­tive to changes in and around the hive.

na­turE’S GIFt

Yeo Hui Ching, who sells raw honey sourced from Pa­hang un­der the brand Bum­ble Honey, says phy­tonu­tri­ents are found in raw honey.

Raw, she stresses, means no ar­ti­fi­cial ad­di­tives. What’s avail­able in su­per­mar­kets is mostly pro­cessed honey, she adds. “Honey in its nat­u­ral state has en­zymes and nu­tri­ents but these re de­stroyed by heat es­pe­cially ur­ing pas­teuri­sa­tion. Raw oney, on the other hand, etains all those nu­tri­ents or max­i­mum health ben­e­fits.”

She sells be­tween 100-150 bot­tles a month with prices rang­ing from RM7-RM52 depend­ing on bot­tle size.

Cus­tomers are mainly from Malaysia but she also up­plies to con­sumers in Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore.

All nat­u­ral Liku Kelu­lut Honey from Ke­lan­tan.

Bum­ble Honey is sourced from Pa­hang.

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