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World's second-most expensive honey comes from Spain
22 October 2019 @ 18:49

EUROPE'S most expensive honey – and the second-priciest in the world – comes from a village in the land-locked centre-northern province of León and will be presented at the International Organic Fair in Sweden next month.

It is created via the cooperative in the village of Camponaraya, in the district of El Bierzo, and even has a waiting list – given that it is certified as Halal, meaning it is suitable for retail in Muslim communities, it has buyers throughout the Arab world and demand has far outstripped supply.

Orders taken now cannot be met until at least the beginning of 2020.

Its price tag of €150 per kilo means a standard supermarket-sized jar could come in at between €30 and €37.50, or around 10 times the cost of mass-produced honey found on the shelves.

But when considering how much work is involved in honey production, even at €150 a kilo, bees should be demanding a pay rise.

To create a kilo, nectar from over a million flowers is needed, so each standard jar bought from supermarket shelves contains the fluid from about 200,000 to 250,000 flowers, and to collect enough, bees need to travel around 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles) – the equivalent of from Valencia to Miami or from the Costa del Sol to India.



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