Tanzanian Miombo Wildflower
In the Miombo woodlands of the Mlele District Katavi region in Tanzania – a transitional ecosystem between forest and plains – women and younger beekeepers have integrated into what once was primarily the domain of older apiarists. Kilimo Nyuki Tanzania, a registered beekeeping association, together with its U.S.-based market access group, Tanzifarm, has been able to secure a market for emerging beekeepers by way of World Honey Exchange. Upwards of 400 beekeepers hang hives from branches of flowering Miombo trees inside Rungwa Forest Reserves under Tanzania Forest Services. From May through August, an amber-colored Light Miombo honey is produced, tasting of figs, caramel and stone fruit, with smokey notes. Later in the year, Dark Miombo honey is harvested, offering tobacco, chocolate, and mesquite flavor profiles. Honey harvested from the beekeeper’s camps is processed at the state of art Mlele Honey Processing Line. In addition to providing a vital healthy food product and economic opportunities for the region’s population, the honeybees protect the forest, allowing wildlife like giraffe, zebra, antelope, elephants, and others, access to the food they need for survival.