As I am sitting and thinking what should I start with when it comes to the honey culture and traditions in Bulgaria the first thing I ask myself is: “What is the question that I have heard quite often when it comes to Bulgaria?”. The answer is:
I will start my article with answering exactly that. Bulgaria is a small European country (almost 111 thousand square kilometers) in the eastern part of Europe which is mostly famous for being at a crossroad and is the last border with Asia. Bulgaria is famous for its nature as well. A fun fact that a lot of people are amazed by is that this small country has 5 different climate areas. You can easily google these facts fi you don’t believe me. That allows the honey makers to have a lot of diversity when it comes to producing honey.
Honey has been a very big part of Bulgarian culture. A lot of the traditions are involving the use of honey for example if you are welcoming guests in your house or at an event the tradition dictates that you have to serve them honey, bread and salt, at a wedding it’s absolutely mandatory to have honey for the wife and groom, and a lot of other celebrations require you to serve honey. That is how deep in the Bulgarian culture the honey is.
A lot of bee keepers in Bulgaria are keeping a small amount of hives (up to 5) just to produce some honey for themselves and their families. They just want to make sure that they will have high quality honey at their disposal at any time.
And if I ask you now: What do you put in your coffee in the morning? Most would answer some sugar and some milk. Well here a lot of people are using honey for their coffee. It’s a lot tastier and much healthier for you to do so. There are a number of researches that have proven this time and time again.
Now imagine out of that small country just close to 111 thousand square kilometers there is a yearly export of about 10 thousand tons of honey. No you did not read that wrong. The official statistic shows that on a yearly basis Bulgaria exports these volumes and there is a potential for growth if the market requires it. The way this export happens is through big resellers and this is where we come.
We are trying to popularise the Bulgarian honey and add that digital layer that would allow the producers to sell their honey on the world stage by themselves not only through big resellers. We strongly believe that all honey makers should have a choice when it comes to providing their honey to consumers.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you are interested in learning more about Bulgaria and the culture we would be more than happy to answer your questions.