Honeys: Pulot Pukyutan, Lukot etc…

Inside the public market. The wild honey cost 60 pesos per bottle. The pukyutan honey cost 120 per bottle. They are of the sizes and contents, packed in gin lapad bottle.

pulot pukyutan in gin lapadThere are four types of honey known to me. The reason why pukyutan honey cost twice as much lies within.

The cultured honey. Cultured does not mean fake or it is manufactured in laboratory. Cultured means the honey is produced by domesticated honey bees, Apis mellifera. They are house in boxes. This specie is not native to our country. It is more productive than our native Apis cerana and have  lesser tendency of absconding.

The next three are wild honeys:

Lukot honey/pulot ng lukot. Small black flying creatures about as big as regular termites. They are often found in tree cavities. Hard to get if the tree is alive, easier if dead. This honey is sweet with a slightly sour blend. Produce the least amount of honey. Lukot never stings.

Wild honey by Apis cerana. It is the counterpart of cultured honey by Apis mellifera. The bees are two times smaller and produce lesser honey. Often found in tree and rock cavities. Sometimes found residing in your own home. Some beekeepers are able to raise Apis cerana. University of the Philippines, Los Baños is teaching how to raise both Apis cerana and Apis mellifera.

We used to hunt lukot and Apis cerana honey when we were kids. I have never found or heard lukot honey for sale.

The pukyutan honey. The honey that can only be gathered by brave hunters. The locals are calling them the killer bees. Anyone who accidentally touched their hive will be chased to verge of death. The whole hive is claimed to be able to kill an adult carabao.

Pukyutan never reside in cave or cavities. They are found clinging on tree branches  and building their comb which can be as wide as six cubit feet refrigerator. They produce the most amount of honey.

Gathering is done at night when the bees are believed to have low visibility. Bees are driven away by huge smoke produce by burning woods and fresh leaves. The honeycomb is then cut while the bees are fleeing.


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