Wild Honey is an indigenous food of the Higher Himalayan region of Nepal including High Himalayas and High Mountain.Wild Honey is Produced by Nepalese native wild honey bee viz. A. dorsata, A.dorsata, A. florae and A. cerena.
Researchers have shown that, Himalayan Honey has high free radical scavenging activity, free radicals that are highly reactive molecules can be extremely damaging to the lipids, proteins and cellular DNA which may lead to many biological complications, including carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, aging, and atherosclerosis.
Himalayan Honey of Nepal is one of important indigenous food commodity which is enlisted by Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS) under 19 export products which provide competitive advantage to Nepali firms and industries over other countries in the global market. Nepal Government has prioritized honey as a high value commodity. It is also assisting entrepreneurs on promoting Nepalese honey in different markets. Nepalese honey is famous for its unique taste and it has been already exported to different countries. The major consumers of Nepalese honey are Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan, Korea, USA and India.
I have got chance to participate in the field trip of faculty research on “Comparative Study of Antioxidant Capacity of Two Kinds of Honey: Himalayan and Domestic”, of Pokhara University. During the course of our field trip at Sikles VDC of Kaski, I have been observing that the main Problem was due the Conventional method of Honey Harvesting and Processing Procedure.
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