The honey from Bhutan is of the highest quality


Bhutan's Honey is known for its natural benefits and high antioxidant. It balances the immune system and protects against atherosclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

If you have been to Jalikhar, Bumthang in the month of August beehives hidden in colorful explosion of cosmos flower garden will be a beautiful sight to behold. 73 members registered with the Beekeepers Cooperative of Bhutan (BECoB) form a bee-keepers community. Each member has beehives ranging from five to hundreds producing the first known organic honey from Apis Mellifera (western honey bee).

Bee hives in cosmo garden

The bee-keepers are either from Bumthang with their own land or from other places who have hired land for bee-keeping business. Given the little work but great return on investment, these beekeepers take up bee-keeping as a source of side income. However, for quality control of the products the interested individuals first register with BECoB. They are then trained in bee-keeping and allowed to practice with initial set up help in terms of loans and grants.

When they start first, the bee-keepers buy the bee-keeping equipment and bees from other bee-keepers or the Dzongkhag. They place beehives around their houses or farm for easy accessibility to tend. The employees of BECoB also help them with filling their hives and guide them for the first few months. Once the colony is grown, the bee-keepers harvest honey twice a year – in July and September.

Bee hives of community members 

The bee-keepers take the collected honey to BECoB. To ensure that only high quality honey goes into the market. They are not permitted to sell on their own. The cooperative purchase honey from all members, process the honey, bottle and package it in their factory in Bumthang, markets, promotes and sells the honey on behalf of the members. On an average about 15000KG of honey is extracted by the community and sold by the cooperative.

Types of Organic Honey Produced by BECoB:

BECoB produces two types of honey called the clover honey and the buckwheat honey. Clover Honey is produced from the July honey harvest when Bumthang is filled with clover flowers and bees feed on nectar from these flowers.

Buckwheat honey is produced in September during the buckwheat season and flowering. Buckwheat honey is limited in quantity and it is also costlier than clover honey because of its demand and higher nutritional values. 

Buckwheat honey 

They have added a new honey to their product list recently called the Cream Honey for meeting the functionality of everyday requirement – easy smearing on bread!

The honey from the cooperative is known to be in its purest natural form (untreated and unadulterated) with a strong flavor and aroma. It’s also from the honey bees that lives in a clean environment free from pollution and that forage on mountain flowers. 

“This year we have so much honey in stock. Our clients are mainly hotels and then the tourists. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation last year, the hotel and tourism industry is affected badly and we are also facing the ripple effect of it in terms of honey sale,” said Mr Tul Bahadur Chettri, the President of BECoB.

Talking about honey product diversification, he said that it would be great to be able to produce wax, pollen and royal jelly in addition to honey. However, the cooperative now has no skills and it is an aspiration of a near future for the model sustainable cooperative.

Mr. Fritz Maurer introduced Apis millifera (the same bees in Bumthang) to Bhutan in 1986. Having realized the economic potential both in terms of honey production and pollination, the beekeeping project was established in 1995 by HELVETAS with initiative from Mr Fritz Maurer. The project was handed over to BECoB and now functions under it.

Bhutan's Honey is known for its natural benefits and high antioxidant. It balances the immune system and protects against atherosclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

To purchase honey from Bhutan, you may visit Bhutan Natural online store. 


Related Posts

Demand for Bhutanese Honey Encourages Farmers To Take Up...

Bhutan’s organic honey is highly sought after for its fine quality.

Apr 16, 2018 00:31

How the small Himalayan nation Bhutan combats COVID-19...

With just 37 doctors, 1200 vaccination centers and less than 3000 healthcare workers, Bhutan vaccinated 93% of its...

May 12, 2021 12:54

Bhutan will supply oxygen to India to alleviate dire healthcare...

An oxygen plant in Samdrup Jongkhar, eastern Bhutan will supply liquid oxygen to India.

Apr 28, 2021 11:22

Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck delivered keynote...

Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden delivered a keynote address at the 54th session of the Commission on Population and...

Apr 21, 2021 14:53

Bhutan Prime Minister, Dr Lotay Tshering attended Bangladesh's...

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering was in Bangladesh from 23 March to 25 March 2021 on official visit as the Special...

Apr 14, 2021 16:30

Bhutan is set to carry out nationwide vaccination drive from 27...

With the 550,000 doses of Covishield vaccines, Bhutan is set to roll out its nationwide vaccination drive on 27 March...

Mar 23, 2021 11:20



How the small Himalayan nation Bhutan combats COVID-19 efficiently

With just 37 doctors, 1200 vaccination centers and less than 3000 healthcare workers, Bhutan vaccinated 93% of its eligible population...

May 12, 2021 12:54

Bhutan will supply oxygen to India to alleviate dire healthcare crisis

An oxygen plant in Samdrup Jongkhar, eastern Bhutan will supply liquid oxygen to India.

Apr 28, 2021 11:22


RENEW and Ministry of Education collaborate to improve menstrual health management

On May 11 2021, Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women (RENEW) and Ministry of Education signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to...

May 12, 2021 14:43

6 popular beverages to enjoy in Bhutan

From butter tea to different types of alcohol, Bhutan has something for everyone.

May 11, 2021 10:54


What's with the unique archery culture in Bhutan?

In Bhutan, archery is more than just a sport. It is a way of life. The dancing, the singing, the drinking—it is a manifestation of the...

Apr 19, 2021 10:40

Contributing to the country through the love for football

It's been a month since the conclusion of Bhutan Premier League 2020. Daily Bhutan interviews Paro FC to find out more about the club. Below...

Dec 21, 2020 17:05


Support authentic Bhutanese handicrafts by local artisans

Whether you are interested in artisanal Bhutanese handicrafts or boutique sourced products with contemporary touch, the incredible...

Mar 25, 2021 12:09

Authentic Bhutanese Souvenirs from Eastern Bhutan

Every district and village produce distinct products in Bhutan. To encourage rural communities to produce more authentic souvenirs and...

Dec 25, 2020 22:13


Bhutan's national parks and wildlife sanctuaries

Bhutan is a green country with a rich environment, magnificent mountains, beautiful landscapes, and rich wildlife and gurgling rivers. It is...

May 05, 2021 12:16

Bhutan champions Waddling Tour, an activity that's completely new in tourism

Bhutan is in the midst of developing new tourism products. The country is gearing up to make the tourism industry in the Kingdom to be more...

Mar 29, 2021 10:06


Khata: The multipurpose Bhutanese scarf

“Khatas are the Buddhist equivalent of a hallmark card.” —Married to Bhutan by Linda Leaming

Apr 29, 2021 10:53

Bhutanese enjoy the hardest cheese in the world like chewing gums

The Bhutanese love their cheese. They even have one that’s arguably the hardest in the world.

Apr 26, 2021 12:38

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!

Download Daily Bhutan Mobile App

Connecting with us just got easier!