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Summary
VarietiesSourwood Honey, Leatherwood Honey, Tupelo Honey, Manuka Honey, acacia honey, Smoking Hot Honey, sage honey
Packing Packaged glass and plastic jars of 250g, 500g and 1kg
SeasonOctober -November
StorageCool, dry conditions away from sunlight
Transport ConditionsTransported in boxes in containers at room temperatures, 11-19 degrees celsius
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Zambia is among the leading countries in the world in the production of honey. The farming of  Zambia natural honey is dated back to the 1850s when it was an essential commodity for trade. The natural environment has dense forests covering 66% of its land and a favourable climate for beekeeping.  Bee wax and honey trade provide income directly and indirectly for thousands of families. The country exports US$800,000 worth of natural honey annually.  

Two types of bees produce Zambia natural honey, the Apis mellifera species (the indigenous African honey bee and the stingless bees of the Meliponula Trigona and Meliplebeja species. The former provides the most amount of honey for export while the later produces honey for local consumption. Honey in Zambia is farmed through both modernized and traditional methods. A conventional bar hive produces 10kg of honey while modern ones produce up to 40kg.

The Zambian honey is organic and highly marketable across the world. The product is produced in a natural environment and free from contamination. The major importers of Zambia natural honey include the United Kingdom at 55%, and Germany at 35%. Other countries who import Zambia honey include the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Honey is used in traditional and modern medicines, eaten naturally, as well as food preparation; it is used in the manufacture of cosmetics, animal feeds and veterinary medicine. The honeycombs are processed into wax used in the production of candles and floors.

Natural honey is healthy as it contains over 300 components among them sucrose, dextrin, fructose and glucose. It also contains proteins, minerals, salts of organic acid, all known trace elements, metabolism accelerating elements. All B vitamins are also present in honey (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, H, K, C, E, PP), pro-vitamin A, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-diabetes and hormones.

Honey is stored by bees within structures called beeswax honeycomb. The harvesting of honey in Zambia takes place manually during late summer when the combs fill up. Some farmers prefer collection during the day while others do so at night. The bees are driven off by the use of fire and smoke. The framer then collects the hive and empties the combs. The combs are then split and placed stacked on an extractor centrifuge. The clear honey is collected, tested, graded and packaged in jars in kilograms. 

The different varieties of honey include Sourwood Honey, Leatherwood Honey, Tupelo Honey, Manuka Honey, acacia honey, Smoking Hot Honey, sage honey among others. The Sourwood Honey is the best and most expensive. The honey from different flowers has different tastes and aromas and is stored in plastic or glass jars in cool conditions away from direct sunlight. Honey oxidizes when stored in metallic containers. 

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