A Honeycomb of Apis Cerana, Panig ng Leywan

Seeing this piece of honeycomb makes me feel nostalgic about the old days. Together with my two brothers, three cousins and other friends were often going down the river side to find some honeycomb of this kind.

panig ng leywanThis honeycomb is locally known as panig ng leywan. Panig for the honeycomb and leywan for the honeybees. Produce by the local and smaller honeybees, Apis cerana.

Apis cerana are living in the wild. Finding them seems hard but a piece of cake for hunters. A group of honeybees, flying forth and back hauling nectar and pollen is easily noticeable under morning and afternoon sunshine.

The honeycomb are gathered by flooding the bee-house with smoke, widening the hole by force and ripping off the comb one at a time. The angry bees usually pays a couple of painful stings, near the eye area and on fingers.

This comb is old. I mean, the bees had used it several times for storing pollen, honey and rearing the next bee generation. Newly built comb are white. It turns brown thru repeated use.

Like I said earlier, the comb is for storing honey and pollen. The brown crystal liquid is honey while the separate yellow mass is pollen.

bee pollen and honey in honeycombThe white worms are young honeybees.

three young honeybees in honeycombAll three components can be eaten except for the honeycomb itself.  To enjoy, bite it, sip it and expel the wax.

pinagsapahan honeycomb


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