Pure Honey from Yaxunah, Yaxcabá, Yucatán
With just 590 inhabitants, the Mayan-speaking village of Yaxunah is known for its biodiversity of flora and fauna, as well as its high mountain region or “Montes Altos”, which are essential for honey production.
Particularly prevalent are orchids and bromeliads which provide some income to the local community. As does the production of carved wooden figures, a deeply rooted community activity.
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Meet our Yaxcabá beekeepersManuel Humberto
54-year-old Manuel, better known as Kenedy, lives with his wife and children and looks after an apiary of 21 hives that he inherited from his father.
“I always liked looking after the bees. But I just knew the very basics my dad taught me a long time ago. Now I’m part of a group of Nikté Project producers, and it’s a good business model for a new generation of beekeepers.
“We have a lot of very good mountains for bees and we can put in more apiaries. We have different honeys that are very rich, with a delicate taste. And they smell really good too! It’s an elixir produced by our wonderful bees and the knowledge of our ancestors.”
OUR MASTER BEEKEEPER
As a third-generation apiculturist with over 45 years’ experience in beekeeping there’s not much Don Raúl doesn’t know about bees. He currently has 32 of his own hives and another four apiaries and 105 hives he shares with his sisters, which were inherited from their father Don Uldarico.
He is in charge of the technical and operational part of beekeeping production and is the technical and experienced soul of the Nikté Project.
“Beekeeping is a very powerful tool to promote the conservation of natural areas and generate sources of income in our communities. The quality of honey produced by the native vegetation is very rich in flavours and nuances.
“Unfortunately, for a long time, the state beekeepers have sold our honey to clients who mix it with other cheaper honeys from other countries, to obtain a simple cheap sweet honey for a mass market.
“It’s wonderful that the Nikté Project means our pure honey reaches the table of special consumers who greatly appreciate what’s behind our products.”