- Region: Malaysia
- Price range: mid, mid-high, high, exclusive
- Colour: dark
- Crystallization: no crystallization
- Taste: unique and different from that of ordinary honey bees
- Sweetness: light
- Most suitable for: Use it to drink it daily
Kelulut Honey or Trigona honey is a very different kind of honey. It is a honey mad from a small bee called trigona. Trigona is a bee smaller than Apis mellifera – the common honey bee, it is stingless and has a different life. In Malaysia there are many species of stingless bees, though honey can be collected only from some. The most popular is Trigona thoracica which gives us what Malaysian call kelulut honey or trigona honey. Kelulut honey is very rare and precious. A hive of stingless bees reared in a box starts producing honey after three months and may produce about 500-700 grammes of honey per year, which is not much at all, if we compare it to the yield of the common honey bees of 30 kg/year.
In addition to its unique flavour, there are also numerous studies conducted on the medicinal values and health benefits of kelulut honey on the basis that stingless bees produce honey and propolis rich in antioxidants.
Propolis can function as anti-fungal, anti-fungus, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory remedies and is commonly used as an active ingredient in cosmetics, creams and tablets.
Antioxidants have many functions, especially in containing free radicals and preventing cancer.