What is Himalayan Cliff Honey? Everything you need to know about the hallucinogenic red Honey
Honey, the yellow-coloured fluid is a must item in almost everyone’s diet. Therefore, there is obvious curiosity amongst a certain percentage regarding the uniqueness of Himalayan Cliff Honey. And if you fall under that certain percentage and wonder what is so special about this particular red honey then – this article will clarify your doubts and answer your inquiries.
What is Himalayan Cliff Honey?
Also, referred to as cliff honey, Bheer Maha, wild cliff honey, mad honey, and so on,it is a well-liked honey. This bizarre honey has been existing right around the corner of all times. Unusual tasting than the regular honey, it is smoky-flavoured with a consistency like maple syrup that leaves you with a tingling sensation in your throat for a while. The taste and colour of honey vary depending on the age of the honey. Hence, you will find honey in different colours like red, dark-brown, white-crimson, etc.
Apis Laboriosa Dorsata or the Giant honey bee is the most humongous kind of honey bee with size 20 times larger than a regular honeybee. Just like the exotic honeybee, its honey is also uncommon and has multiple properties and purposes.
Honey Hunters: The Men Behind the Hunt
3500 metres above sea level, the fearless honey hunters collect the Himalayan cliff honey from the highest cliffs of remote Nepal. Risking their lives, they preserve their centuries-long culture of honey hunting. For about thousands of years now, the Gurung community religiously took part in harvesting honey hunting using nothing but hand-crafted delicate braided rope ladders. As a result, the ancestors passed down the traditional art of honey to the upcoming generations. And since then, the Gurung community has been performing the art in its pure and pristine form every late Summer and late Autumn to ensure the conservation of honey hunting.
Although to the honey hunters’ discontent, the so-called future of honey hunting doesn’t show any interest towards the age-old tradition, claiming it to be outdated and an useless way of earning wages. As a result, the young boys are more likely to hop on the bandwagon to try their luck in foreign lands. However, slight rays of hope are emerging, all thanks to the recent media coverage and constant interest from the tourists. Currently, the young Gurung boys are slowly changing their opinions on honey hunting.