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With how popular honey is globally, there is little need for us to wax lyrical about its virtues and how honey’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties are good for digestion, soothing inflammations, and overall health. Raw honey is a far better option than processed—this is honey obtained directly from hives without undergoing heating and artificial processing, which causes nutritive enzymes and antioxidants in the honey to be lost.
While there are plenty of options on Hong Kong’s supermarket and health food shelves, not all of these are raw honey. Furthermore, we have imported honey from a large range of countries and farms, but these are unable to offer what locally produced honey can. Only honey produced in Hong Kong can help provide defence against local air-borne allergies! Here are the best of Hong Kong honey from local bee farms or grocers.
Po Sang Yuen is one of Hong Kong’s most recognisable honey brands, mainly because its iconic logo is of a man who looks like he’s sporting a long beard—on closer inspection, you’ll see that his beard is actually hundreds of bees! It is also Hong Kong’s first bee farm, and has been operating for over 90 years since 1923.
Apart from different types of honey available, such as winter honey, mixed flower honey from a variety of fruit trees, and seasonal products like ivy tree honey or buckwheat flower honey, this farm in Fanling also sells honeycombs as well as health supplements like packaged pollen. It might be worth noting that while Po Sang Yuen does still produce honey from Hong Kong flowers and bees, they also maintain apiaries in mainland China and Thailand, so your bottle may not always be pure local honey.
Po Sang Yuen Bee Farm, 8 Wu Tip Shan Road, Fanling | (+852) 2669 5840
While the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin may be a popular tourist spot, not many people know there is also a local apiary nearby. Founded by the Yips in 1983 in Pai Tau Village, the Wing Wo Bee Farm is surrounded by the vegetation of Needle Hill, Tai Mo Shan, Hung Mui Kok, and Shing Mun Reservoir, which means there are plenty of flowers for its bees to harvest nectar from. Bottled and sold as is without any additives, there are four types of honey produced on the farm, with wild honey being the most popular.
Wing Wo Bee Farm’s honey is so good that the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin even uses it exclusively in its best-selling Sha Tin honey cake and honey apple pie. Wing Wo is a popular rest stop along the hiking trails that surround the farm, but if you are not one for trekking out into the mountains, then you can also buy its winter honey and wild honey from the hotel patisserie in the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin.
Wing Wo Bee Farm, 136 Sha Tin Rural Committee Road, Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin | (+852) 2691 7917
Who knew that there was a bee farm on Hong Kong Island itself? Located near the Tai Tam Reservoir, Hong Kong Raw Honey—formerly known as Bee’s Nest—is the relative newcomer to the local honey scene. It also has most of its beehives in Yuen Long Village near Tai Mo Shan Country Park and Lantau Island. What’s interesting is that it produces monofloral honey, which is made by having hives near one specific species of flower. As opposed to mixed floral honey, monofloral honey tastes more intensely of specific flowers or fruits.
Apart from being Hong Kong’s only certified organic honey, we also like Hong Kong Raw Honey because it organises and supports bee conservation efforts, such as donating a bee hotel to a local school for every 200 bottles of honey sold. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong has also adopted a beehive here and has used its honey to create desserts like the Bee Sting cake (or Bienenstich Kuchen, in its native German) before.
ForMe Honey is a small, family-owned apiary that differs from the other local bee farms because it has Italian bees living in its hives, as opposed to the Asiatic bees that are normally used in Hong Kong. Located in Wo Ping San Tsuen in Tuen Mun, ForMe’s bees normally harvest in a five-kilometre radius, near the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir.
Its raw honey is therefore seasonal according to the blossoms growing at different times of the year—lychee and longan honey is usually the yield in spring, while winter honey is from wild ivy trees. Although its honey can be found in To Kwa Wan, the ForMe apiary is also open for visits, and tours and interactive sessions with bees can be booked.
ForMe Honey, 223 Wo Ping San Tsuen, Tuen Mun | (+852) 2520 0629