Follow the Honey: Exploring Byblos and Batroun Bee Routes with Medbeesinesshubs
This is a workshop where you can watch bees, learn about bees, and have a connection between nature bees. In addition to this, you can come and taste the honey, the honeycomb, make a brunch, lunch, and we have. Everything we have. The project is called Pure Farm. Everything is pure, as I wanted to see it. I want to give it to people.
As the word Pure Farm says pure, this is how we work. Whether it is honeycomb, honey, or vertical farming, everything is done in a traditional way, chemicals, without any harmful substances, without sugar. All the factors that people are afraid of, we are trying to deliver them to the consumer. Come and taste our honey, come and see our work. We are working in a good way. If our price is a bit high, people will leave.
The project that we are working on right now is Apo Tourism. We are trying to develop this idea in people, so that when they visit a castle or a monument, they it and see the natural landmarks, and see the Lebanese production that we specialize in, which is honeycomb, all these local things that are still fresh and pure. We are trying to deliver to people that we have beautiful trails, you can go up and see bees, taste taste Mouneh.
We have Jambou Fimeh, which is put with mustard and honey. We have Kwaiz figs with Mammoul honey. We have apricot jam with honey. This is Kharoub Femaison molasses. Apple with honey. Omelette with jam, omelette with eggs.
Omelette with Labneh, Saleh. This is Saj bread with thyme, like the Manoucheh. Labneh is also homemade. This is a pancake with honey.
Tell me about your honey. How many types and colors are there? Some people get lost because they need a specific color of honey. What do bees eat? Explain to us about honey and what do you have.
In Lebanon, there is a biological diversity. The honey differs in color, the type of flower the bees are grazing on, and the location where they grazing. In Pure Farm, we work on 5 types of honey. The most important one is in Jerd El Batroun, which is the black Sindian honey, which all Lebanese love. We have lemon honey that comes from the coast, Kina honey, and thyme honey.
All of this comes from Kina honey, or lemon, or thyme. This comes from the flower of Kina, the flower of thyme, the flower of lemon. Anthony's favorite honey is Jerd El Laqlouk's honey. This is Koudakar. We leave this from year to year to make something called crystallization.
People get lost between sugar and honey fermentation. This is natural fermentation. How beautiful. This is a speciality that gives a great taste to honey.
As if honey is needed. My favorite. In the morning, when it gets colder, it hardens more, it turns white on its surface, and it becomes under the teeth.
This is a dream. This is a different story. Unbelievable.
I still remember this day. I haven't forgotten it for a year. Not at all. This is a speciality.
To clarify things so that people don't get confused, you can make this breakfast for everyone who to you. Today, on the way to honey, the idea is to live the test, not only for Anthony. He comes to you, wears his clothes, sees the bees, tastes the honey, tastes the food, all homemade, made here, and continues his journey. He continues his journey 100%. They can bring their children, even if the program is for children, for the big world, anyone who to have a connection between nature and bees, and teach their children this heritage that we have, are welcome in Jerd El Batr. Let's practice honey.
Let's go. It is like the local food. Local food with local honey. Imagine how it is.
We start with thyme and labneh. Do you remember eggs with labneh? We always make eggs with labneh. We make a sandwich. The labneh inside gives the necessary acidity. The eggs on the outside, they mix it all together.
Imagine it with honey. This will be new. Maybe I should show you. If. There is a new favorite.
You know that the labneh inside is very sour. The eggs are right and not dry. The sweetness comes from the honey. It sits on the top of the palate. A party in the mouth. A rave party.
Get in the car and follow me. From Batroun, go up towards Tannourine. The first stop is in a small area, called Aoura.
I am Manouela, a mother, and I love that my children eat healthy food without feeling the hard We made Naturami. Naturami makes healthy, tasty, and delicious food. One of our last projects was Plan B, which is to offer healthy snacks to our children with honey without sugar. It has nutritious things, like oats, or almond butter, and others.
This way, the child will be eating it happily and being nourished. At the same time, inside the package, our goal is to be educational, to increase awareness about We are putting caps about different kinds or hybrids of bees. The child will learn about them, and there will be a history about this bee.
He can collect them, and play a competition with them. Then, our dream is to make an application to create his virtual beehive. Of course, he will win things, and come to us for a day. Why Plan B? Plan B is for everything that is alternative to unhealthy food. Plan B is because we are introducing things related to bees. The Mad Business Hubs project helped us to secure, of course, with the Chamber of Commerce and in Zahle and the European Union, equipment such as the electric oven to make our snack, or the machine that we use to dry the fruits, and a vacuum machine, so that we can finally have this that we are obsessed with. ♪♪♪
♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ We opened a new soap factory here, and in this project, they gave this machine, which is the base of the soap industry, in which we put oil with NaOH and make soap. This machine makes all soap projects easier. ♪♪♪ In previous episodes, you introduced us to Sir Lea. She and bees have a very big story. Would you like to watch a video together? It's a small car that can carry a thousand bees.
It reminded me of the trip we did in Armenia. We were sitting 3 in the back and 3 in the front. By God, this car helped us all.
Where are we going? We are going to the bees in Lada. Hello! This room is the room that I love the most in the house, because each bee in this room is a from someone. Each bee is almost from my country. I have a collection from almost all countries. Every time someone comes from outside, they bring me a bee gift or something related to bees.
Because usually people ask me about my bees before they ask me about me. They tell me, how are your bees, Sir? They don't say, how are you, Sir Lea? We missed you. They rely on bees, and the story is over. We are here in the room where we sell honey. Here we have a fridge, and here we have the beehive.
And this is the beehive. Now I will show you how it is and how it was made. The bee that makes honey.
First of all, you get the nectar from the flower, then you take it and give it to another bee. Then they move it from one bee to another, and they make enzymes to make the nectar solid. Then they put it inside the beehive. Each beehive is called a beehive. They put the honey inside it, and it is still liquid. Then they melt the honey at a certain temperature to make honey.
And when it is done and the humidity is good, they close it with a layer of wax. This is what you see now. Now, when we want to freeze the honey, we remove this layer of wax.
We remove it this way, before putting it in the beehive, so that when the beehive is closed, the is squeezed. So the queen is here. This is the queen. It is a bit taller than these. Oh my God. This queen lays around 2,000 eggs a day.
What distinguishes it from others is that it is a bit taller than them, because when it is still they feed it with royal jelly, which is a special food to make it a queen. Salya is a part of the show. What does she do? Of course, the door of the beehive is open for everyone. Whoever comes here, has a room. Of course, first, they visit the beehive. They visit their friend and pray.
They come to the beehive room. I have a room where I collect a lot of bees and news. They get to know the bee. The life of the bee, if it is a beginner. How do the bees live? How do they make honey? How do we extract the honey? We can also go hiking. We can go to the real bees.
We can see them if they like. They are not afraid of bees. We can also go to the soap factory and see how we make soap and all the process of soap. Without forgetting the museum.
Of course, they taste the honey, which is very delicious. I am Fadi, engineer Fadi Abou Fiad. I am the head of agriculture management in the trade and industrial room in Zahle and Bekaa. We are part of this project which we have been working on for 2 years.
We wanted to make this eco route, because you know that today, from the aphids, most people know there is honey. We wanted to show them that there are many products that come out of the aphids other than honey. This is what we tried to do.
We made this eco route for people to see what can we do other than honey products and they can and know more about this domain which is very wide. This is from this project, which is an international project with 5 participating countries. Lebanon is one of the participating countries in this project. The eco routes that we are working on are 2 eco routes currently. One in the Batroun region and one in the Jbeil region.
This is for people to know more about the things they can do in the bee tourism as they say and see about the products that come out of the aphids other than honey. We are here to meet Atif. Welcome. Welcome. I am Atif Abinader. I am the founder of Barriya.
Barriya plants perfume plants and fertilizes them and markets them. We plant them so that we don't lose them and preserve the biological diversity. At the same time, these plants are food for our bees and our bees also grow the best kind of honey. We remove all the products of bees not only honey. Our products are 3 lines of products. We have herbs which are sumac, thyme, acai, bay leaves.
All these things come from Barriya. We preserve the endemic plants of Lebanon which grow in our land. We also plant some things for branding. We plant some saffron. It also gives the brand its characteristics. The second line of products are the products of the cell.
From honey, polam, propolis, from royal jelly, from queens. We provide a service which is apiary management for other people. We started, as you know, with pollination. We also invested R&D to make these plants which are endemic which we told you about. We invest their nutritional characteristics as healthy superfood or in hydrosol or in beauty which people like to buy from us. We started with our small Karket.
Then we invested in something industrial which is steam Karket. steam distillation, fully stainless high-end, 316. Also, Barria made a big leap with Madbee's Hub. They invested in innovation and technology by buying 3D printers and routers.
We make gadgets, souvenirs, and molds for candles. We recycle candles. This creates job opportunities for ambitious young people who may not like to work with wood or but this may satisfy their ambition for innovation.
At the same time, it matches Barria's values, which is to help the surrounding society. We don't care about the quality of our products. That's why we put a quality guarantee, a QR code, in the Trade and Industry Room in Tripoli.
You can see the whole test, even the bacteria, and everything to be sure of the quality of our Our honey is pure oat honey. You can see the quality of the test, how rich it is in minerals. The result of the test is 1,600, and the rate is 800. We welcome our visitors, and we provide them with a complete package, from visiting the beekeepers, a bee workshop, in all seasons, whether it's the Julliard Royal Challenge, or the Beginner, or the They can also see the production, and the benefits of all the production products, plus, we have a workshop on biodiversity. In our visit to nature, we go on a hike, and we see plants and their characteristics, and how each is preserved, with an expert specialized in the topic of biodiversity. What is this? From our products, I told you, not only do we extract honey from bees, but we also extract which has a lot of health benefits.
It is used as an antiseptic, for bees, it can be greened, and it can be made into a solvent, from or oil, or whatever. Ok. Now, we will show you how we extract it from its soil. Here, you take a small piece. The propolis, it brings the bees from the conifers, from the colonies, and you add enzymes to it, you add propolis. Today, here, I want to open, if you want, to say that today, those who have bees, it is a very thing.
Not only honey, but honey and many other things. This is what we are trying to tell about. You live for 120 years. To preserve our bees, like the idea of wildness, which is to preserve the biological diversity, is very rich. If our nature is rich, the bees are rich. This comes from our nature, not from the bees.
So the bees are bringing us, from nature, something very rich, healthy, and healthy. We will show you how we extract it from the soil. It is good. It is like, like Alka. It is a kind of Alka, that's why it is good.
It is the best in Egypt. It is good in this season, because it is close to the season of bees, and it is relaxing. Thank you.
They want to take care of us, they want to host us. You can hear the noise behind me, but before I could, the nice thing that they said, let's taste honey. What a feeling! A feeling that can't be explained.
You can't imagine. What a feeling of nature. It feels like you are walking, flashback, like you are watching a movie, you are walking under boxes, in this beautiful nature, in this beautiful weather.
Look at its shine. When a person imagines how much honey is inside, what bees ate, what they did, what they collected, they filled, to put all of them here. What an amazing flavor.
The sweetness is very low. Very very low. You sit like this, your tongue is singing, your throat is singing, and when it is going in, it you feel like you are drooling. What a good quality. Top top top top.
Today, no doctor, no medicine, nothing. This is the best combination we have. This is all the vitamins of the world in a group. This is unbelievable. It is good all winter. Remember this episode.
Unbelievable. They are good. They feed you.
I am talking to them and I am not doing anything. In the end, the candles clean the teeth. Full package. I wore it for you. Who am I and who are you? Hi.
I am not going to get lost. This bee, we make Frouk with it. It has been 3 days and a half. The bee starts to make the nest. Instead of losing this nest, we remove the royal jelly.
You know the qualities of royal jelly, how rich it is, as a booster, a preventer, even in produit beauté, they use royal jelly. Houston. A small step for time. Tell me what is happening here. Why is there so much jelly and no honey? Is this the season? Is this the royal jelly? No, we are making Frouk. When you make Frouk, you put a bee that does not have a queen.
It runs to survival mode, makes a nest, and feeds them with jelly to make a queen. In 3 days and a half, we get the biggest amount of jelly. How do I take them? Jelly with pollen. Pollen.
Yes. With honey. Yes. This is a mix. A mix and a human. Watch out guys, under your tongue.
Under your tongue. Take it. Yes. Watch out for yourself. Thank you. I remember that I came here.
I remember that I came here in 2019. I remembered the land, but it was time to talk about thyme. I remembered this Marjouha that I always talk about under the fence in the village in Lebanon.
The Lebanese house has no value without this. 3 machines. We will see them. We reached the house where they were placed. How important are they? If you want bees, honey, and thyme, to another place. This is a 3D printer.
There are many types of 3D printers. This is FDM. You put layer upon layer.
This machine is resin. High definition, 4K. Liquid. You put liquid, which is resin.
Each layer is dried by ultraviolet light. It has only Z. This has XYZ.
You put layer. This is what we used to do. It stopped.
This is a mold for the old hive that was moving. This is honey. How important is honey for health? Honey is important. But honey and sugar are not eaten. May you stay healthy. Thank you.
We will eat at your place. Yes. We finish Batroun. This ambiance between trees and beautiful views and amazing sun. Almost 45 minutes.
We will go to Kada'a Jbeil. We are now in a place that is very dear to my heart, I spent here 3 years of my life to study the which are in Mahmoud Bint Ayn, we have Ramon Khoury who is an agricultural and conservationist, us more why we are here and we are talking about a very important project about bees. We are here in the first idea of conservation in Lebanon, and after we did the studies, as I said, showed us how important this location is in insects and plants, especially when we are talking more than 365 plants, 65 of which are used medically and scientifically, and of course there are 2 which are present. Therefore, Bint Ayn conservation which is at 500 meters, and Bint Ayn conservation is a focus for to collect the black honey.
We are in a small reserve in terms of space, but this reserve is very important because first of where is it located? In the mountains, at the height where it is located, there are very few that we see. Anthony, this reserve has more than 40 orchids, it has very beautiful plants, it has plants that not found in the world but in Lebanon but why do people come to this reserve? First of all, we should say that this reserve is the only that has pine trees inside. Our ancestors planted it a long time ago and it became mature. The important thing in the reserve that is part of our message is awareness and protection. Awareness is through the visits that students and families make to us.
They walk in a group of acceptable indoor paths, they look at nature. We have a group of caves that are also present inside the reserve. At the same time, there are activities that they can do, physical activities, adventure parks, and things that are educational and at the same time, exercise for the body. We are calling all people to come to the honey path. It starts in Batroun or in Jbeil. It starts in Jbeil or ends in Batroun.
A person comes here to the reserve. What does he do? First, he looks at the beauty of nature and this big plant that God put in this area. Second, because we are talking about this road. This road is essential to lead to an important location for bees specifically.
We are talking about cindyane, snubber, ciclama, thyme, acai, rosemary, and lavender. All of them are present here. This is for bees, for the road, and for the project that gave us a kind of marketing for this that not many people know about.
In addition to the normal activities that we do, through field visits with guides, and in addition the sports activities that we talked about earlier. So there is no food here, but there are important things. A person can bring with him his sandwich or his small sandwich, and he can eat.
We don't have a picnic area, but on the contrary, when a person walks in nature, he needs to put calories, and if he needs to burn calories, he doesn't bring them with him. He takes his trash with him. Of course, always. My man, you don't leave a minute, where did you go? Anthony, here in this reserve, there is a place that we call Garig. It is a reserve inside a reserve, and if you want, it has a small Lebanon. Lebanon is full of cindy and cindyne, but when there is a bit of light, you see thyme, acai, and plants.
Here, there are 3 kinds of thyme, next to each other, and acai. Nice. I learned from you, and I remind them all, and you remind them, that Lebanon is not only the but what is under the trees. 3 kinds of thyme. Oregano, I am sorry. Of course, you know this. Oregano, Lebanon. No.
We have Saturia, Timbra, and Timbra Spicata. You will taste the first one, this is called Timbra thyme. Imagine that this plant is always here, I love it a lot, and when you eat thyme honey, you will eat this.
Is it hard or not? It will be very tasty if it is mixed with the thyme of the Manoucheh, because are very hard. So this flower is like a spike, that's why it is called Spicata, like a cymbal. This flower is like a Zoufa, next to each other. Taste the leaves here. This is called Saturia, Saturia thyme. Its sourness is tasty.
Imagine, Anthony, that there are some plants here that are flowery, like Erika, like Sage. Its sourness is tasty, its smell is tasty. Its mix with the mix of the thyme that we know, is top.
But the goal now is not you, the goal is the bees. So the bees can find food here, even now, at this time, because Erika is flowery, we found a plant, I will tell you quickly, this plant is very important, it is called Tocrium. They use it in the villages for sugar, and this is the original Lebanese plant, which is also a that bees love a lot.
We can take advantage of this situation with you and tell people, you need to enjoy with respect, need to enjoy what is done for nature. Nature is for you, me, and everyone, not only for us as humans, but also for bees, for nature, for We need to enjoy, especially in these difficult days. Of course, this is a blessing and a blessing from God, but with respect for others and for nature, continue. If there is also a very important message in this project that is happening, there is a protection the road that is being done. Lebanon needs more and more protections.
We currently have 19, we still need a lot. Food Engineering Good morning, I am Luna Addoum. I am doing food engineering at the university. We have the Addoum honey factory. We have been in the market since 1989. Our company is known as a product of Addoum in the market.
Of course, we produce our products at the highest quality. This helped us to have a trust between us and the consumer. In addition to this, our company always has a control measure. Of course, we are talking about laboratory tests on a regular basis. We also have several certificates, including GMP, Good Manufacturing Practices, and HUSP. We got these certificates from Europe, specifically from Italy.
In addition to this, we are special because of our location. Why? Because we are close to Ben Ta'el National Park. So, in reality, our protection allowed us to make organic fertilizers and we were able to enter sector. So, we now have organic honey, organic bechahdo honey, and organic chamomile. We also got the certificates from Europe, also from Italy.
Addoum Organic Fertilizers Addoum Organic Fertilizers Addoum Organic Fertilizers Addoum Organic Fertilizers Addoum Organic Fertilizers We are located in all the Lebanese markets and internationally. And now, again, since they opened the honey to Europe, we were approved to be one of the companies are able to export to Europe. I am Anthony Addoum, the founder and founder of Addoum Honey. We started in the early 90s.
Our idea was to sit in the village and produce this production. And we started thinking about how to enhance it and how to expand it. We started working, and we reached a place where we now have the brand in the market. We are working very well. We are working very well.
We also want the whole region to grow in the same way that we lived and advanced in. Today, we are taking about 55 to 60 beekeepers in the whole region. And further from the region. All Lebanese. This sector supports all the agricultural production, both direct and indirect, for fruits, bees, and the environment. We will continue on this path.
The family is growing. I am Luna's father. I hope that the whole family will continue to work on this project because it is really a safety, culture, and idea.
But you have to deal with the environment and nature. We tasted honey today. We tasted crystallized honey, which I love a lot. We tasted Sendiane honey, which I also love a lot. This is the honey which is the most famous in fashion. Its color is beautiful and it excites me.
It is the spring honey. When you go out of a bee and see these flowers, flowers, and colors, just imagine from its color smell, how this bee is walking between these beautiful colors in these beautiful mountains in the beautiful country in the world. We met Adam and I a long time ago. What I love and what I want to focus on more is that all Lebanese honey, every single product is to grow. Every single product is hard to appear outside of Lebanon.
Every single product is hard to have a word to be able to break the national and international All of us together make a lot of power to be able to break the whole world together. They talk about honey, I don't want to compare countries, but they talk about honey which comes the bottom of the earth, and they make it a national and international buzz. They talk about honey, even if it is lavender, in certain countries.
They talk about honey with a certain color or a certain taste. Guys, there is nothing like Lebanese honey. The bees in Lebanon, in 4 seasons, from 0 to 2000, they travel from a region to another, they can everything and what they crave in all the Lebanese villages. In more than 2000 villages, the bees... It has the tastiest thing on the table of the table.
Unbelievable, we can keep eating honey all day. It's not the honey and not the sweetness that it gives. It's the feelings that you feel. When you imagine, it's like you're drinking wine and you close your eyes and say, I felt this and Here, you feel what the bee ate, what it was happy about, what was the flower that was touring these villages and these countries. Something amazing.
Yup, this is for the road. She's abandoned. This is Arianne Qabischdeed. This is the Golden Queen center of industry navigation of Queen bees.
It was the first center in the Middle East. Of course, we are talking as if we are in the Arabian countries. Here, we produce honey. We have around 2,000 aphids. Here, the aphids come from the field, from the oven, and they are frozen on the modern ways, we can or which is the most modern in Lebanon. Come with us.
Here, the center is frozen at this point. There are semi-automatic machines, in which we put the frozen aphids and honey. It squeezes and cleans the aphids, and it goes down.
For those who can't hold the machine's knife, it is put on these stands, and it is done manually, that they can go back to the freezer behind me. It is a freezer, one of the biggest ones here. It has 54 shelves. The aphid is processed through it.
It is put under it, and it is cleaned for installation in a funnel, connected to a drum, and from drum, the funnel goes to the tanks, so we don't touch the honey with our hands. The machine next to it is a humidifier machine. This machine makes the cream honey without any additions.
We put the honey as it is, and it has a computer program, which you can turn on at specific times, a timer. It makes the cream. The advantage of honey, when we make cream, is that the kids want it more.
It stops freezing. It should be nectar honey, not honey from honeybees. Because when we make cream, there should be a crystallization process. When it becomes a cream, it doesn't freeze anymore, and at the same time, it has this creaminess. The kids love it a lot.
Its color differs according to its type. If we put lemon honey in this machine, its color will be very light. What you are seeing now is honey from a jar, and especially it is Chendab honey.
This is a fork that comes out of the jar. Its color in the jar is like oil. It is like taking your phone.
When we fill it, it turns yellow. When it freezes, it becomes like this. When we make cream, it doesn't turn white, it turns beige, not like honey. I left it for a while, a month.
It became like this. The rest are still cream. You feel them fluffy at the end. Now we will taste them. If you want.
I think it is the first time I taste something like this. It looks like Natef. It is like marshmallows. The texture is new to me. Of course it is new. It is very new to me.
Of course, the kids love it. Of course, and it is healthier. Of course, it is healthier.
Of course, it is healthier. It has the taste of honey at the end, but it has something like marshmallows. It is like marshmallows but 100% natural. It is not crunchy. Wow. Some people will ask where do you find them.
Do they come to you? They call me and I prepare them for them. As I told you, I can't prepare them in advance. We are in a show country. I prepare the room for the room. It is the fridge.
It needs to be prepared at a very clear temperature. You directly put it in the fridge. I prepare it. For example, a week ago, I prepared it.
I sent 25 kilos. The rest is in the machine. When it is ordered, I turn them. They are still cold. I put them in the fridge for my friends to come and take them. This is amazing. For kids, for adults.
It has a good taste. It melts in the spoon. When they make a sandwich, the advantage is that it doesn't rust, and the water doesn't oxidize.
is oil, oil, oil, and oil. It doesn't change anything. Not at all. It is the same.
Nothing. There are no additions. There is no fast rotation. Look how slow the machine is.
The discovery of the season. Look how slow the machine is. But it has a program that turns off and on. If we stand here for 15 minutes, it turns off by itself. It turns off and relaxes for 15 minutes.
Then it turns on by itself. It even has a timer. I put it for 7 hours because we have a solar system. We are people with the environment of course because we work with what we have in nature.
I put it for 7 hours. I look for it from Aboula. I put it to turn it off so that there is electricity to use.
I love it. So here we have the depot. We have the honey. We have the machines. We have a whole floor above for lectures. They made a whole building for honey.
Right. If you like, I will show you at the end of the floor. I have a sewing factory for dolls. Now I made you a local Arishe. We have goat milk.
We remove the milk to boil it. I have Arishe. We want to taste it with honey. You have Sindian honey which comes from Miela. This honey doesn't turn yellow because it is rich in fructose and low in glucose. It is not better than others but it is rich in minerals.
We recommend it to diabetic patients because as we said, it is low in glucose. Okay. Which is from Sindian. Which is from Sindian.
Here, we have Ashwek honey. Especially, we have Chendol honey. Now, Jered honey, for those who don't know, is a honey rich in B-complex. It gives vitality to the body.
We always recommend it to the elderly. We recommend it to teenage children. We always say that it is better to take it from morning to afternoon. Because if the body is a bit saturated and we give it a lot of vitamins, the person might get in the evening. Or if the movement is a bit excessive in the evening, the person should rest in the evening. I
want to think about what will happen to me in bed at night. Now, there is lemon honey. If you like, we can go to the honey room. Lemon honey relaxes. We always recommend that people take it in the evening with a cup of water.
It is very beneficial for the body and it relaxes the liver. The special thing that we will invite you to tomorrow at our house, which is not known, is Kina When we dissolve it in water and we squeeze lemon, we have square ice cubes, and we put them with honey. Only Kina honey.
It has a very delicious taste. We can add a shot of vodka and it will be amazing. I dilute alcohol like this at home when I want to dilute alcohol. I want to tell you how delicious they are, how beautiful their smell is, how beautiful the flavors how delicious the Gharbala is. This is the homely country.
The taste of the Arishe of the house is different than the taste of any Arishe you eat in any The lab here was made because we used to import F0 products, which cost $80 or $1,000, and sometimes it comes from Rayon to the airport. We made the lab so that we can control the type of male that we want to find in the queen. The queen flies at a height of 12 to 15 males to be found, and at a height of 7.5 km. This is that we don't have an isolated area in Lebanon or an island to work on. This is why the importance of the laboratory and the artificial insemination was to control the that we wanted to find.
This is a very big thing. I thought that I learned everything about honey, especially about bees in Lebanon. I thought that I learned and I know. Every time I learn something new, every time I discover something new, every time I see how many we how much professionalism we have, how much energy we have, and how much we are able, especially now the opening of the European market for us, to be able to distribute to all countries of the world, to show them how rich is the Lebanese honey, which is not only monofloral, not only lavender honey, is the honey of this bee that travels almost 7.5 kilometers. We are still learning about bees and Lebanese honey.
Mark Beiruti, where are we going? Anthony, I will take you to a character that is related to honey. We call him crazy for bees and honey. He was a professor at the university. In 2001, he taught me apiculture, which is everything related to bees. You will see and be surprised how much he took honey and bees to another level.
He is crazy about them. Fadi Abi Sulaiman, chemical engineer Fadi Abi Sulaiman, chemical engineer. I graduated in France. After working in Libya, England, and Greece in oil for 5 years, I decided to come back here and work on my own. Of course, in the room, the owner's head was humble.
I discovered bees by chance. This is my father. He is a beekeeper in the village. This is a project of beekeepers. Of course, the work is about thinking and science, but there is also faith.
Our faith is based on faith. We have cosmetics, detergent, soap, and everything is natural. From the world of bees and the world of plants. All our formulas are our formulas. I don't change the smell and sell it. No, it's our conception.
If we had a problem, we would have closed it. We are growing. We started outside.
I am in Australia now. I am in Belgium now. We have an invitation to the Gulf next week.
We made argali with zero nicotine. It is possible that there is a factory here where I work. This is Fadi Abi Sulaiman. Fadi Abi Sulaiman is the founder of Fadi Abi Sulaiman. We make soap from olive oil. We are famous for it.
We have a soap called Face Soap. 30% honey. It contains wax and gel. It is for the face. The process is completely different from normal soap. The place you see here is not for me.
This is our essence. 30% honey. You will find a spongy soap. It is soft and stable.
It doesn't shake at all. The quality is great. I don't have anyone to show you now. I want to work now. We make essential oil and honey.
We make a big part of the raw materials. I focus on essential oil. In the markets, they remove some important elements. We don't remove anything.
We use it as it is. Honey is a very important material. When we melt it, there is a formula to melt it all together.
We add it to the essential oil. When Corona came, I treated Corona with essential oil. I was against the taste. I wasn't wrong.
Today, you have lavender, eucalyptus, sage, we have 10 types of them. We use them in our creams. We preserve our creams with essential oil. There is no chemical preservative at all. If we have time, we can turn on the machine or show something live. On the ground, you will see everything.
We have 56 presenters. They are all from the world of bees and plants. Our slogan is very simple. It indicates our work. With honey and olive oil, your beauty and health will be preserved.
Our story with bees is a long story. Bees, of course, are legitimate. But in Lebanon, in our climate, in our petri dishes, we have a small amount. You don't have a variety of climates in other countries.
If your lavender grows by itself, it will make 10 to 15 kilos if you move it from one place to So bees, as a project for themselves, after the humble experience, other people behind me, they the right, but it is not a project you can build your life on. We started with bees to manufacture lavender. Lavender gives you 5 ingredients. We don't use poison yet.
We use the rest of the ingredients in our composition. We don't use the medical and aromatic plants in Lebanon. We remove the essential oil, we remove the extra-vegetal, and the composition is our composition.
You won't find these products anywhere else. I will show you a product, deodorant. It is a bit silly. All deodorants in the world, you put it on your body and leave it.
It goes inside. It came out 10 or 12 years ago. It is an aluminum deodorant.
It was made by the Sadie Concert. Here I said, what kind of civilization is this? We are victims. The first question, what is the smell of lavender? It is a bacteria.
It is simple. Honey, beeswax, essential oil, all of them have antibacterial effects. I give you medicine, you clean yourself, and put the perfume you want.
But I don't give you deodorant and I don't give you a cocktail. I give you Sarek, you can't find it anywhere else. It is close to Australia.
What a man! What a man! He doesn't have Instagram, Facebook, he doesn't have ads. He speaks 3 languages. This is the first time, and very few times in Lebanon, that each one put a presenter Do you believe it? The mint is nice, the smell is nice inside. What a hero! I am not cheating you. I told you before that you will be shocked. Anthony, good morning.
Anthony, good morning. Welcome. We missed you.
You came to us 6 or 7 years ago. Shady Hosri, we remember each other well. We have Hosco Agri. We work with honey and bees. We work with honey and bees.
We have a lot of development since I passed this time. We have a lot of development since I passed this time. We want to add some modernity and the most important developments in this profession and also to be with the economic situation in the country. How the economy changed in the country. That's why we are trying to adapt with everything. to adapt with everything.
Hosco Agri, it's a family business. We started in 2014 we started in 2014 but we have a much bigger history. I was born in a family that raises bees.
My father, my grandfather, my grandfather's father, my grandfather's grandfather. We are a well known family in beekeeping. You are in an area that is the Roman road. We have the Romanian bridge that connects Aqaybe with Ibrahim river.
They used to go from here from the sea to Baalbeck and pass through all these areas and do business visit temples etc. And the honey historically, was from this area and before. We are not in the same way. Be it a country, a history, a family, all of these are from our history beekeeping and honey production. We wanted to develop it.
We wanted to preserve it. For us, beekeeping and honey production is history. It is our duty to preserve it to pass it on to my children and grandchildren.
If I stopped this, I would be destroying history. We would know what is destroying the relationship between bees and the environment, and the production. Until now, what would I do if I stopped beekeeping? Here, in this part, we do extraction for the honey. You know that the honey comes out of the aphid and is closed. We have several steps. First, we open it from above and remove the wax from its surface.
Then, we put it in the extractor to separate the honey and the wax. The honey and the wax come out on their own. Then, it is filtered and pumped to the storage room. The honey is put in these barrels, storage, tank, for a minimum of 10 days.
In this period, we call it maturation. It is doing separation so that you have honey that is pure, there is no white on its surface, and no wax. This is the step that allows it to do this separation so that we can fill it from below.
After that, we go to the filling. Here, there is filling in the jars for the honey according to the measurements. We have several measurements. Then, labeling to put the label on the jar and it comes out in the final shape.
Also now, we introduced new packages which are sachets, the idea of sachets. We are making honey and other honey in this machine. The sachet is made directly.
It has several uses. If it is directly honey, for example, you open it and put it in the quick avocado without putting the spoon in the jar, etc. It is used in hotels for breakfast. It has several uses in flights. We are making this sachet.
Also, we put a mix in it. We make an innovative product based on honey and it is present in it as a mix. They take it energetically, etc.
Anthony, we also have a lab. We use this lab for quality control. We make an analysis for honey. We make a service for beekeepers. They come and benefit from the equipments that we have. They freeze their honey.
They do packaging, etc. Also, we make an analysis for all of them to see the quality of the honey and to be really well monitored. Now, we will enter a small tasting.
We will taste several kinds of honey which you can find in Lebanon and you can taste them and they really delicious. We will see how they are. What are you going to taste here? I will taste several kinds of honey. Azhar and other Azhar honey.
There are several kinds. Some are frozen and some are not. This honey is the same. Look how it is solid. It is crystallized. What solidifies it? What solidifies it is the kind of sugars in it.
In honey, we have glucose and fructose. These are the main two sugars in honey. When glucose is added to fructose, it becomes solid. Creamy, soft, smooth, amazing. People think that it is solid. We don't eat it crushed.
Never, never, never. It is solidified. This is lemon. This is the same taste.
You can see that it is liquid. Amazing. What else do you have? We have Azhar honey. This is at 1200 meters. I will taste what is tastier. This is also Azhar honey.
Azhar Al Shemdad. I want you to taste this and see the time. The smell. Yes, put it in your mouth and see the time when the flavor will remain. How the flavor will spread on your nose and fill it.
Oh my God. The honey is not honey. The honey is not all the same. The jar doesn't look like a jar.
It belongs to the supermarket and not to the bees. There is love, tenderness, time, and generosity. He is taking care of the bees and taking care of them. He is sitting far from all the garbage, people, and people.
You feel them all here. They move all the emotions. Unexpected. This is our champion.
This is our champion. It is a honey that is deep. It is black honey. It is a honey that does not freeze because it is deep in minerals. We export this honey.
We export it. It is 2 years old. It is one of the best in the world. We are exporting it.
They are exporting it. They are testing the residue and everything. It is so soft and smooth.
It is sweet. It has a nice acidity. It goes down to the throat in a very nice way. This, you eat it twice, it is not sweet. It is not sweet in your throat.
It is amazing. What is this taste? There are many things that you should be careful of. Don't buy it unless you trust someone. They are cheated a lot.
Among them, thyme, Arak, Kishek, and honey. Honey, buy it from someone you trust. When you eat it, you will know the difference. It is unbelievable.
This place is amazing. Amazing. We reached the butter. This is the same, black honey, Sindian honey, which I tasted before, but with honey. Here, you will see something very different because you will also taste the honey.
The honey with the honey, just like you put bees, and it is what closed it in this way. You are telling me that the honey, we do it here in Lebanon as well? This is the value of honey. We made the honey.
I will show you how it is made. 100% natural honey. The bees made it. This is the importance of this honey.
Because the honey might not be natural. It might affect everything. It might even affect the taste of honey and the residues in it and what it might contain. Let's see. We finished all the value chain since the honey, bees, and clothes arrived. Now, we reached the honey.
How is the honey made in Lebanon? It is important to make honey like this. Unbelievable. This is how it is.
In the end, it did not enter the centrifuge, it did not juice, just like the bees put it, with honey in places where people trust them. They make sure that it is natural and they juice it. How is the honey made? Honey Honey Honey Honey Honey Honey Honey Honey Honey Honey Honey The bees are natural because they live in the honey, they live in the honey, they eat in the honey, all their life is in the honey. It starts with a yellow color. Look how it gets used over time.
When you eat honey, you see it being hard and you can't taste it and you have a lot of honey in your mouth. This is how the honey is because it is used. The bees, every 2 years, or every year, depending on how much the bees use it, they have to recycle it.
This is our job. This is the black color, it is not healthy for the bees. There is a lot of residues, even diseases for the bees. We bring it here, it melts, we sterilize it, we remove the diseases from it, we separate it, and we don't add anything to it.
Anthony, thank you for coming here. For those who like to live the experience that you lived through the bees, they can see these things. Honey, they taste honey, they taste different kinds of honey, they taste the original black honey, they see how we make the bees' wax, how we go back from its turn and sterilization to get this yellow color without any additives or anything to add to it and to get honey as you saw, from the tastiest honey. I liked your honey and I liked these. All of their boxes are not 100% pure like this. In addition to the products that you saw, there is also training for those who want to learn beekeeping.
We put all of our history in a booklet, in a syllabus, in a curriculum, and we are doing training for those who want to start beekeeping. If you are not a beekeeper, welcome. Anthony, how was it? He talks and explains correctly. Great, I want to tell you something. When I entered the university, Chadi was the first person who saw my performance. I will cut your hair if you don't want me to do it.
My last stop in a while. On the way, I told you what is going through my head. Many things. On one hand, why am I so happy? Is it because I am always happy or the honey played a specific role? Will I be able to sleep at night after all the honey I ate all day? Will I have energy? Will I jump on the bed and say, I feel like starting a new day? And the third thing, I wish my family was with me, my children, my wife, so they live, feel, and understand what honey means, what bees mean, and what the importance of bees in Lebanon is.
A great day that is not over yet. They show us the importance of bees which we should respect for the entire Lebanese ecosystem. The importance of honey to support the Lebanese economy.
The importance of this great product which if it is right, if it is clean, if it is organized, and it is not tampered, it benefits all body parts. We reached Miriam, Miriam which I have known her for a long time. She goes to Made by Nature. Miriam always amazes me with her inventions. She has never come to the market to have the same thing as the last time.
She always adds something new, invents something new, and we came to meet her today. How are you all? I didn't know that she would come this far. Will you carry me to get in the car? I will. I am Miriam Kabbabi, I have Miriam's Apiary, we raise bees, we started in 2019 with 4 apiaries. Thank God, now we have 100 apiaries. The aim of the project is not only to make honey, but to increase the awareness about bees and We encourage people to come to our apiary, to live the api-tourism here.
They should see the bees, the queens, and how we work with our bees, and we make this beautiful We not only make honey, we make all the products of the cell, from honey, pollen, propolis, royal and even candles. We also encourage people who work in lip balm, cosmetics, to take 100% pure products from our There is a very nice thing that we do, we welcome young children, from 3 years old and above, we bee suits, they can wear them all summer, they can come to our apiary here, and open and get to what bees are, and there are a lot of children, after this project, they were able to accept and honey, they are not afraid of bees anymore, they know how to deal with them. We welcome people, here in our house, in the garden of our house, we put our bees. They come with their children, with their family, as many as they are, we have special clothes for We make them feel that they are family members, they eat from our food, they drink from our water, in the end, they eat from the same honey that I make for my children. Now, let's go and open the apiary.
I don't know if the queen is here, the queen is taught by the red, but here, she is taught by one the days queen. She is told that we should only come here and drink from the same water. I don't know if the queen is here. I taught the queen in red, but she is not here. Is there something scary? Not at all.
All of you are invited to come and live this experience which is very very beautiful. I just want to tell you that I put it on my head so that I don't do this. My hands are fine, I am not wearing clothes.
Bring them closer. Ok this is not the solution. If you want to live the test, Miriam. What a day! A great day with the bees and the good people. A day with the people who love bees and honey. A day not with people who are working as a business.
A day with people who feel, live, love, and believe in bees and honey. If you want to do the same tour, you and your kids, you don't need anything, just follow my steps. They are in the description. On Google Maps, follow and move around.
You can find me on Google Maps and Instagram. Just get out of the car, Batroun, Jbeil, and continue to Souk Kesserouane. You will have an amazing day. We were so hungry that we forgot to have lunch. Maybe you want to add a lunch break for the kids, and a dinner break, and divide them for 2 days.
I hope you enjoyed this day. We learned a lot. See you soon.