‘Bees with Stories’ carries exclusively single origin honey varietals.
This is purposefully done to highlight the unique characteristics of the different honey varietals sourced from across Africa.
The average honey jar found on the market is a blend of many honey varietals from different origins which can neither be traced nor identified.
The customer ends up consuming a product he/she knows little about.
We, at ‘Bees with Stories’ do things differently. We know where the apiaries are located, we know the beekeepers that manage the hives, and we know which honey varietals we sell to our consumers.
And we want our consumers to know all this, so we share these details on both our retail label and on our website.
Most African honey varietals are organic by default. African beekeeping is often practiced in remote areas where the bees are surrounded by native vegetation, free of GMOs, pesticides, pollution, cities, and busy roads—some of the basic requirements for organic beekeeping. The hives are made exclusively from natural occurring materials, such as wood, and no chemical glues/residues and plastics are used in and around the hives. Artificial feeding is not only unnecessary but represents an additional cost that no African beekeeper can afford to entertain. In a nutshell, our African honey varietals are as natural as they get.
There is a distinction between a honey that is organic and one that is certified organic.
Organic certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and agricultural products. It requires being certified by an accredited certification body. In beekeeping, organic certification is a voluntary process to attest that a beekeeper/group of beekeepers is adhering to the established standards for organic certified honey.
Most African honey varietals are organic, and yet are not certified organic. The organic certification process can be a complex and a costly endeavor for the average African beekeeper. It is a multistep process starting with an application, followed by an on-site inspection to ensure that apiaries are properly situated and managed, and harvest well-handled. The process ends with a review, after which a decision is made. This can last up to several months, which explains why most beekeepers have not even attempted the certification process. But we at “Bees with Stories” do not let the lack of certification stand in the way of exquisite honey varietals…
‘Bees with Stories’ carries both certified and non-certified organic honey varietals. Quality is essential for us. All our products are of premium quality – certified or not. We endeavor to practice and promote sustainable, natural and regenerative beekeeping practices while sourcing some of the most exquisite honey varietals from Africa.
We work directly with the beekeepers and do the due diligence of ensuring that our products meet organic requirements (laboratory quality tests, site visits, etc.), even if they are not certified. This is an intermediate measure that we have taken to attest to our quality standards while we support the beekeepers with the organic certification process.
Certified organic products can be recognised by the logo of the certification body which is printed on the label. In the UK, it is be the logo of ‘Soil Association’.