Raw, authentic honey boasts many health-enhancing properties and no wonder many try to seek it out. However, most supermarkets stock only imported honey that cannot offer what only local honey can – help fight local air-borne allergies! Swing by one of the bee farms or local grocers and stock them in time for the flu season!
Notes on visiting Bee Farms:
* Wear light-color clothing; avoid dark-colors especially black unless you want to attract the bees. We would suggest long-sleeves.
* As bees are extremely sensitive to smell, avoid strong perfumes.
* Make sure you move slowly in the bee farm as quick and big movements can also attract bees.
If you’ve visited local markets, you may have seen their memorable packaging – from afar, it looks like a man sporting a really large beard, but on closer inspection, turns out to be a ‘beard’ of bees. Hong Kong’s first bee farm Po Sang Yuen is over 90 years old. The farm's product range has expanded over the years to include honeycombs and pollen capsules. To learn more about their honey production, arrange a guided tour.
Po Sang Yuen Bee Farm, No. 8 Wu Tip Shan Road (Butterfly Road), Fan Ling, New Territories, Hong Kong, +852 2669 5840, Facebook Page. Closed on Sundays. A 10-minute walk from the Fanling MTR Station. Guided tours can be arranged for groups of 30 or more people. (English-speaking guide available).
Strategically situated near the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, nestled amongst wild flowering plants, Wing Wo has built a reputation since establishment in 1983 for its top-quality raw honey. It was pulled further into the limelight over half a decade ago when the Hyatt Regency began serving up Wing Wo honey in what is deemed Hong Kong’s best Honey Apple Pie, followed by a soft Honey Cake.
Wing Wo Bee Farm, No 136 Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, +852 2691 7917, www.wingwobeefarm.com.hk. Open seven days a week, 11am to 5pm. Book ahead if visiting on weekdays. It is a 20-minute walk from Sha Tin MTR Station. See website for pictorial directions.
Hyatt Regency Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, +852 3723 1234, hongkongshatin.regency.hyatt.com Bottled honey available at the farm and at the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin. The Honey Apple Pie is available at the Hyatt Regency Patisserie.
This comprehensive green department store that stocks the best of sustainable and organic products is where you will find Bee Master Master Man’s natural honey, which boasts distinctive floral notes and a “clean” sweetness. You know Master Man knows his bees when Kadoorie Farms has him on-board as a consultant. The soothing honey is also suitable for wound healing, apply topically.