The Nepali months of Chaitra and Baishakh (mid-March to mid-May) are known as the season to gather honey in rural part of Nepal. It’s almost the end of the season for the honey hunters this year. Locals along with commercial honey collectors are busy gathering honey in the villages. It is believed that honey from higher altitude is good for health as it has medicinal qualities in it.
I got a call from locals as an invitation to document wild honeybees (Apis Dorsata Laborasia) hunting, the largest in the world. I had heard the honey collected in the Himalayan cliffs carried a lot of nutritional, medicinal, aphrodisiacal and hallucinogenic properties.
Even though it’s been 25 years that she has studied Botany and, in particular, researched pollen and honey analysis, Mahalaxmi Shrestha still appears to be in awe of nature’s hardest workers, the bees. As it is, Nepal’s biodiversity and rich floral sources have helped produce a wide variety of honey.