The types of honey we supply include:
Each honey has different characteristics, reflecting the unique environment, climate and flora of their places of origin. Ethiopia is renowned for its amazingly diverse fauna and flora, which enable local farmers to produce a unique honey. For instance, in the Wenchi crater located about 120 kilometers east of Addis Ababa, the smooth and slightly smokey honey is made only from the Erica arborea, a variety of the Erica flower found in the crater.
Ethiopia's white honey goes global
Where white honey is considered a delicacy. Ethiopian white honey is the world’s only real white honey because it is produced that way by the bees. It is the world’s only really white honey because it is produced that way by the bees – it does not turn white because of crystallization. And it is sweeter and a lot waxier than normal yellow or brown honey. The exceptional white color is a result of the region’s high altitude and plants which blossom in the area. The plant species mainly belong to the labiates family (like sage).
Further north in Tigray, the most northern region of Ethiopia, the very distinctive white honey is made from a local blossom of the sage plant family, known as labiate, which gives it its unusual color. The white honey of Tigray is the most praised in the country and is considered a delicacy.
We will be able to provide you a quote which includes the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) to various airports around the world based on availability and client preference. We will be using air cargo services to guarantee freshness and the cost will be included within the range given above so we will not include additional cost for delivery.
At Gatefarms you can trust us for timely supply of new harvest at the right time packed in 5kg - 16kg. Our Standard packaging range does not exceed 16kg to suit delivery and customs requirement at Air Cargo Terminals.
We at Gatefarms facility have the capacity to supply 250 metric tons of the finest quality Ethiopian honey per year conducted through purchasing from Farmer supplier members across the country and cleaning and packing export standard at our facility providing quality assurance certifications. Our premises have been custom-fitted to provide handling and packaging facilities modeled on the requirements of HACCP standards.
Our excellent variety of honey and safe packaging facilities makes Gatefarms Honey a perfect solution for individuals and companies looking for 100% Ethiopian genuine honey at affordable prices. We diligently follow every quality process step to bring you a wide range of honey products. Following these quality processes ensures peace of mind for you in terms of traceability and quality control.
Our honey production and marketing activities enhances the livelihood options of Ethiopian households in Highland areas, improves household and community resilience, and strengthens the enabling environment to create an economic surplus in the economy, increasing the income of households. Several institutional bodies have emerged to promote the Ethiopian honey sector. And together, we work to help establish the successful development of the honey value chain in Ethiopia.
Honey: Ethiopia’s Liquid Gold
At Gatefarms we are enjoying what we do. Assessing helping in the increased production and marketing of some of the Ethiopia’s finest honey in the world. Honey reflects its environment, and ours is truly something of a gift – just right for the bees and just right to get that perfect nectar. A vast majority of the honey produced in Ethiopia (more than 90 percent) comes from traditional beehives, which currently are the most common form of technology used for honey production in Ethiopia.
“Ethiopian honey is very special and very diverse,” It is
different from region to region, because of local
biodiversity, and because the traditional methods of
production have been preserved.
“We train them on the importance of keeping the
origin of the honey and making sure the bees continue
to pollinate a single type of flower, so that the honey
Ethiopia remains one of the world’s largest honey producers and by far Africa’s biggest. It also produces some of the world’s most refined honeys, such as the white honey of Tigray. Ethiopia stands to increase its global market share of honey even further. With its diverse plant species feeding the bees, nectar rich forests and large potential areas for beekeeping development, Ethiopia is on its way to becoming a major player in honey and bee product exports to the rest of the world.
Beekeeping is an ancient tradition in Ethiopia, stretching back into the country’s early history—between 3500 and 3000 B.C., according to some history books. Collecting and selling honey and other bee products produced in homes and home gardens are common throughout the country. We are now encouraged to increase the productivity per hive and the number of hives per household.
Although honey production is estimated at 50,000 metric tons per annum, it represents only 11 percent of the country’s production potential. Beekeepers are increasingly scrapping traditional mud hives for square box-like hives from Europe which produce a higher yield.
Harvesting of Honey
Ethiopian honey differs not only in color, taste and quality but also in the quantity produced and the timing of harvesting seasons that vary by region and type of honey. In Ethiopia, honey was harvested once or twice and in some cases even three times. There are two major honey harvesting periods, November to December in the lowlands and midlands and from April to May in the highlands. However, in addition to these major harvesting periods, there are many small harvesting periods which depend on the availability of bee forage and rainfall patterns in different agro – ecologies.
Moreover reported that the main harvesting seasons in Tigray and Lalibela honey are October through December, with an additional harvest period for Tigray’s white honey in June and July; November and December for yellow honey; April and May for white honey from the southwest and southeast Highlands; and February, March, May and June for dark-brown varieties of honey. This shows the possibilities of harvesting and supplying different types of honey at different time implying the possibility of continuous supply of honey along the market chain.
Characterization of Ethiopian Honey
Honey is the product of the honeybees processing of the nectar or honeydew from flowering plants. Nectar is a sugar solution produced by the glands of flowers that has functions in the attraction of insects and birds to visit the flower to allow cross-pollination. The average content of mineral, moisture, acidity, invert sugar, pH, sucrose, specific gravity and water insoluble solids in traditional hive honey samples in Tigray region were 22%, 18.25%, 29.89 meq kg-1, 70.95%, 4.13, 2.37%, 1.41 and 0.07%, respectively. On the other hand, the corresponding values for honey samples from modern hive production system in Tigray region were 0.18%, 18.60%, 29.12meqkg-1, 71.42%, 4.04, 2.71%, 1.40 and 0.03%, respectively. Similarly reported that honey samples collected from the North Western parts of Amhara region had (moisture =18.52%, Ash= 0.23%, sugar reducing = 67.83%, SU=7.55%, Free acidity=28.24milli.equiv.acid/kg, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) = 6.32mg/kg pH= 3.81 and Water insoluble material = 3.2) which is within the acceptable range of world and national standard, except for water insoluble material which is poor mainly due to lack of appropriate handling during harvesting and
storage of the product. Similar study conducted by Awraris et al.  reported honey samples were evaluated for total acidity, HMF, reducing sugars, sucrose, moisture and mineral content and found to be 28.32±14.14 meq/kg, 19.52±9.41mg/kg, 66.79±6.96 %,4.46±2.59 %, 22.86±1.03% and 0.22±0.16 %, respectively in three locations of Southwest Ethiopia (Masha, Gesha and Sheko districts). Almost all quality parameters of honey found to meet national and international honey specifications but not moisture for all samples and sucrose in the case of Gesha district.
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Enough flavour and delicate sweetness. Having an intense aftertaste. White honey derives its unique flavor and color from a variety of indigenous plants growing in the region, including the prickly pear (cactus fruit), euphorbia,becium grandiflorum and a local sage plant.