Honey was mankind’s first, and for a long time almost only, sweetener, and its true value and special taste have kept their importance to this day. It is worth noting that, alongside our buzzing friends, beekeepers work just as hard to produce it from spring to the autumn season as the hives. Let’s take a look at some of the beekeepers in Eastern Europe.
Pasieka Galicja | Poland
The Pasieka Galicja apiary is located in Krakow, in a picturesque, wooded area of acacia and lime trees. The creation of the family business is the result of inner inspiration, in which all the members of the family, including the beekeeper Zbyszek’s three children, are now actively involved. They work with the bees in their spare time, making honey mainly for themselves and their loved ones, and selling honey only when stocks last. In addition to the liquid delicacy, they also sell beeswax candles, perfumes, and pollen in glass jars.
Virágbéke | Hungary
The Gál family has a decades-long history in beekeeping. In 2021, they rebuilt the brand of the craft passed down from father to son, and thus, Virágbéke was born. Their main goal is to make delicious, quality organic honey and to make Generation Y and Z realize that honey is not just an ingredient lurking in our grandmother’s kitchen, but a true gourmet delicacy. Despite their fresh start, they have already received many professional recognitions for their products, with the delicious Rapeseed Cream Honey, with a silky creamy texture, and snow-white color, receiving the highest recognition available, the PLATINUM Quality Award at the London Honey Awards.
Дім меду (Dim Medu) | Ukraine
The apiary, called the “House of Honey”, is the continuation of the family business founded by Vasyl Antonovych Gaidar in 1975. As an honorary beekeeper of Ukraine and one of the leading researchers of Carpathian bees, he has dedicated his life to professional beekeeping. In the early nineties, his own apiary expanded to hundreds of hives in different regions of Transcarpathia, and the queens bred here are exported from Russia to the United Arab Emirates to this day. Their mission is to bring joy and health to people’s lives through honey.
Včelařství Domovina | Czech Republic
The Czech food industry is not only famous for its beer production, but also for its outstanding culinary delights in honey production. The Domovina apiary is one of those who want to introduce their customers to truly special delicacies. For Alena and Josef, authenticity is the most important thing, so their goal is to build a business with complete expertise and passion. Their unusual spiced and flavored honey and high fruit content products set them apart from their supermarket counterparts, and they can also be purchased online.
Sorin Popovici | Romania
The Popovici family stands out among the beekeepers presented in the collection because they do not want to be innovative, but simply take advantage of the natural conditions of the northeastern region of Romania. Sorin is a founding member and president of the local beekeepers’ association, which World Vision helped to set up. To support them, they run training courses and provide each future beekeeper with five new hives and basic equipment to get started. They sell their honey on-demand online at the local market, with the aim of helping their families live better thanks to the liquid gold.