Protecting Forests, Nurturing Well-being
“Our mission is to highlight communities who are applying sustainable practices protecting the forests and the bees and value them to the market to develop their incomes.”
Founded by NTFP-EP Cambodia in 2010, we are linking community producers committed to our harvesting protocols program and the final consumers willing to have a better impact with their purchase.
NatureWild envisions to engage the consumerism society towards sustainable products benefiting the local communities and protecting the forest as well as the wild bees.
We are offering a qualitative wild honey (Khmum Prey in khmer) which is 100% natural and harvested responsibly in 5 provinces in Cambodia. Each honey is unique by its color and taste due to the surrounding trees and flowers foraged by the bees. Our honey undergoes a minimal processing in order to comply with the relevant hygiene and food safety standards while still keeping our end goal to deliver a raw and pure honey with a unique taste and color.
Selling non timber forest products is a commitment to protect the forests, as it gives forest-based communities an opportunity to live without having to cut trees and plants. With NTFP-EP support to train long-term forest management and sustainable harvesting, our work contributes to the protection of Cambodian biodiversity.
With the minimum intermediaries, we capitalize on the community's livelihood in order to give them the best price for their product and support their sustainable way of life. Forest-based communities often have low incomes, so we make sure to give them a fair price for their products.
Thanks to our partners, our business model has a positive impact on forest and wild bees preservation along with the communities’ incomes.
The Non-Timber Forest Product – Exchange Program (NTFP-EP) Cambodia is a member of NTFP-EP Asia, which is a collaborative Asian network of community based organizations and NGOs promoting forest conservation and livelihood enhancement.
Since its formation in 2008, NTFP-EP Cambodia has been working with forest-dependent communities to strengthen their technical capacity in the sustainable management of their natural resources and the development of their community.
Learn more about NTFP - EP Cambodia
The Cambodian Federation of Bee Conservation and Community-based Wild Honey Enterprises (CBHE) is the first national wild honey network gathering 780 honey harvesters from six different provinces in Cambodia.
The CBHE’s network commits to the implementation of sustainable harvesting protocols and forest management techniques led by NTFP-EP and ensures fair price thanks to quality wild honey.
Learn more about CBHE network
There are five types of bee species in Cambodia. The most famous one is the Apis Dorsata, a giant honey bee locally called “the elephant bee”, which is commonly found in South and Southeast Asia.
This bee is very particular due to its size, around 17–20 mm (0.7–0.8 in) which is almost twice the length of the common European bee, the Apis Mellifera. Apis Dorsata bees haven't been domesticated so far, because they are usually building large and heavy raft hives very high from the ground.
The Apis Dorsata, like most of the bees, are social unless you disturb them or they feel in danger. Bees are playing an important role in biodiversity. They enable pollination, transportation of pollen grains to fertilize plants. A numerous crops and fruit trees could not thrive if it weren’t for the bees. They are extremely precious to our ecosystem and to sustain our lives. Humanity depends on taking action today, to preserve our forest and to ensure a resilient and sustainable future.
Honey has been used in medicine for over 5,000 years. Its usage and benefits are multiple; from skin care to your daily diet, honey has tremendous virtues on our body!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
Is wild honey different from beekeeping honey?
While beekeeping harvest honey is coming from domestic bees in prebuilt hives, wild honey comes from wild bees that build their own hives in trees deep in the forests. Harvesting wild honey means finding the hives in the forests, climbing at the top of the trees to reach the hives and only take the only part of the hives that contain honey. Our community partners are trained with sustainable harvesting protocols, which means ensuring not to destroy the hives and leaving enough food for the bees themselves.
Alternatives to sugar
Slightly lower in calories and with a lower glycemic index than refined sugar, honey raises blood sugar levels less than sugar. Composed mainly of water (≈20%) and carbohydrates (≈38% fructose + ≈32% glucose + ≈ 5% saccharose). Its high proportion of fructose gives it a higher sweetening power than sugar, which contains only saccharose and a much better taste. It contains B vitamins as well as minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium).
A powerful antioxidant
The richness of honey comes from its content of bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants. Some specialists are saying darker types tend to be even higher in these compounds than lighter types. Antioxidants are playing a role to reduce risk of heart attacks, strokes and some types of cancer. They also promote eye health. Of course that only applies to real honey. Be aware of honey you can find in the supermarkets, some are cut with syrup.
Best ally to your skin
Topical honey treatment has been used to heal wounds and burns since ancient Egypt. Researchers believe that honey’s healing powers come from its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects as well as its ability to nourish surrounding tissue. We also highly recommend adding it in a lip balm or in a body scrub.
Not perishable product
Honey cannot perish because it contains inhibitors of bacterial growth. As a result, it is the only food that can be kept indefinitely and never expires. Over time, the original flavors of honey evolve, and it also loses some of its nutritional qualities, but remains edible! For the best use, honey should be stored tightly closed, away from moisture and light - especially in tropical countries like Cambodia!
Honey crystallizing isn't a sign of poor quality, on the contrary, it is a natural process.
Honey is mainly made of fructose, glucose, water, mineral salts and pollen. Depending on their amount, honey will begin its crystallization process over a period of a few days to a few years! The higher the fructose content, the longer the honey will remain liquid.
Our honey is a wild product. While some factors could be controlled like the fluidity which depend on the harvesting period and the conditions, its color and taste may vary from one year to another as it solely depends on the bees and their surrounding habitat. NatureWild conducts quality control on every honey batch to measure the moisture content and uses filtration techniques to remove basic residue like wax, swarm or dust.
Each wild honey is unique based on its province's origin and the types of flowers visited by the bees. From one year to another, the result might be slightly different according to the blossoming and which nectar the bees harvested. The smell, the color and the taste are completely defined by the bees. This exclusive characteristic makes the wild honey so different and recognizable from industrial or beekeeping honey.