NECTAR SOURCE: Wild desert flowers.
CONSISTENCY: Smooth and lavishly thick.
COLOUR: Medium to dark brown.
TASTE: Light on the palate with aromatic floral notes.
PROVENANCE: Do-an - Yemen
PROPERTIES: Popular in traditional Arab culture for its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Widely used with warm water as a healthy tonic against seasonal cold and allergies.
Mara'ee (meaning "Speciality") is a classic honey delicacy from Yemen and often considered the "best of the best".
This is because it is a poly-floral honey. Honeybees feed on the nectar of various wild flowers in the rich desert areas of Hardamut region. These flowers include Sumra Flowers, Sidr Flowers and some other wild flowers which are native to that particular region of the world. The rich soil composition, the dry Arabian air and the nutritious mix of exotic flowers' nectar are some of the factors which make this honey an absolute must try delicacy.
‘The whole of Yemen is a land of honey", once said Al-Maqrizi, a 15-century Egyptian historian and the author of the several Arabic treatises on beekeeping.
Sounds far-fetched? Then, maybe it’s time to learn why Yemen has been famed for producing the best honey on Earth.
The story goes as far back as the pre-Islamic period in eastern Yemen, when the ancient residents of the caves in Yemen illustrated beekeeping through rock-paintings, proving that this technique was practiced for thousands of years. Time went by, but this honeyland of Southern Arabia never lost its reputation.
The famous Greek geographer Erathostenes described Yemen as a bountiful land, ideal for the production of honey. Historical records show that those who tasted the honey from Yemen remained enchanted by its purity and medicinal benefits which never cease to attract new users.
Nowadays, the raw, Yemeni honey is considered a special treat that is usually served on celebrations or when welcoming guests.
Question: How do you tell that Sidr Honey is from Sidr Flowers?
Answer: Each honey contains unique flower pollen. We check our batches of honey under a high strength microscope to check for Sidr Pollen. If a batch of honey contains more than 80% Pollen of Sidr Flower Pollen, it is labelled as Sidr Honey. This experiment is called Pollen Analyses. Each flower of honey (for example, Acacia Honey, Orange Blossom Honey, Robinia Honey, etc.) goes through Pollen Analyses. This is one experiment part of 14 different experiments we do to check the purity and authenticity of our honey.
Honey is harvested by our trained and certified beekeepers under our supervision and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of International Standards.
We are Dubai Food Muncipality's approved brand.
Once harvested, honey samples are sent to Honey Research Institute operating under NARC.
A second batch of samples is sent to our internal laboratory which is registered with PSQC. In our state of the art laboratory, we check honey of adulteration through various tests, such as:
- Electrical Conductivity
- Ash Test at 600C
- Thermal Stability Test
- Glucose and Fructose Test
- Pollen Density Test
- HMF Test
- Sucrose Adulteration Test
We carry out these tests and prepare reports as per the SOPs of Quality Services International (Germany) requirements. Our test reports are accepted worldwide for an accuracy up to 3 decimal places.
Before packaging, we randomly send our batches to Quality Services International (Germany) Laboratory and National Food Lab (UAE).
We also spend a lot of time, effort and resources towards training and development of our beekeepers to International Standards. All our beekeepers are certified from our training academy. This is why, each time you order, we guarantee you a quality which is second to none.