DrApis logo

Raw honey by Portuguese bees

Raw honey

Straight from the hive: pure, unheated, unpasteurized and unprocessed.

  • Raw honey sample

    sample

    Taste the nectar.

    net wt. 75g / 2.65 oz

    €2.00
  • Raw honey small pot

    small pot

    Honey for a couple.

    net wt. 300g / 10 oz

    €5.00
  • Raw honey medium pot

    medium pot

    Honey for your family.

    net wt. 825g / 29 oz

    €12.00
  • Raw honey big pot

    big pot

    Buy in bulk.

    net wt. 1500g / 3.3 lb

    €18.00

DrApis' artisanal raw honey is produced and extracted using exclusively traditional methods, preserving all the natural vitamins, enzymes, phytonutrients and other nutritional elements produced by bees.

It is made in Alentejo (Southern Portugal) by the local subspecie of honey bees, Apis mellifera iberiensis. These bees work during Spring and Summer, gathering nectar from the annual wildflowers that sprout in Alentejo's dehesa.

Unlike industrial honey packagers, DrApis does not mix honey to normalize batches. Thus, honey colour and flavour will change with every new harvest. During Spring our honey is light coloured with a delicate and mild flavour, derived from a floral source dominated by clovers (Trifolium spp.), wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) and lavender (Lavandula stoechas luisieri). As we reach the end of Summer, honey gets darker and acquires a bolder and richer flavour, coming from the nectar of late blooming flowers, mostly thistles (Cynara spp.) and pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium).

At DrApis we let nature take its time. We let bees brew their honey until the fermentation and dehydration processes are fully complete. This renders a ripe and nutrient-rich honey with down to 16% humidity level, ready to be stored for millennia without spoiling.

Comb honey

All raw honeycomb immersed in honey. Honey in its purest form.

  • Comb honey samples

    5x samples

    A little candy to chew on.

    net wt. 5x 20g / 0.7 oz

    €5.00

    out of stock

  • Comb honey medium pot

    medium pot

    Sweets for your family.

    net wt. 825g / 29 oz

    €18.00
  • Comb honey big pot

    big pot

    Enough for a birthday party.

    net wt. 1500g / 3.3 lb

    €26.00

These are glass jars that we cram from top to bottom with capped honeycombs chunks. We then add just enough raw honey to fill in the void spaces. Both combs and honey come from the same hive, keeping colour and flavour as pristine as you can get. The end result is a treat for all true honey lovers.

Honey aficionados will tell you that honey tastes specially delicious and fresh when eaten from combs. Just as honey, the flavour of beeswax also varies according to what bees are foraging at the time. This adds a richness to the flavour that extracted honey doesn't have.

Combs are a great way to eat straight honey. You just put them in your mouth and suck the honey out. Some people also chew on the beeswax afterwards, much like a chewing gum, and then discard it.

We choose to store our comb honey in glass containers instead of plastic to avoid BPA (bisphenol A) exposure and allow for easy decrystallization.

Beeswax

All natural and eco-friendly substitute for petroleum-based waxes.

  • Yellow beeswax small

    yellow small bar

    Enough to pollish your boots.

    net wt. 85g / 3 oz

    €3.00
  • Yellow beeswax big

    yellow big bar

    A nice chunk to wax your board.

    net wt. 454g / 1 lb

    €14.00
  • Brown beeswax small

    brown small bar

    Good to make a candle.

    net wt. 85g / 3 oz

    €2.40
  • Brown beeswax big

    brown big bar

    Raw material for your sculpture.

    net wt. 454g / 1 lb

    €11.00

DrApis' raw beeswax is unfiltered and chemical free. We currently offer two types of beeswax.

Yellow beeswax

Pure wax secreted by bees that absorbs some of the pollen and nectar stored in honeycombs. Thus it's floral sweet scent and it's amber colour. Yellow beeswax stays in hives only for short periods between harvests. It is soft and suitable for:
  • skin care and cosmetics;
  • culinary arts;
  • boot polishing (bulling);
  • furniture polishing;
  • cool water surfboard wax (15-20 °C / 58-68 °F).

Brown beeswax

A hard wax that stays in hives for long periods. Besides nectar it also accumulates some pollen oils and propolis residues. This gives it an earthy/woody scent with honey nuances. It is good for:
  • candle-making;
  • sculpture;
  • soap-making;
  • didgeridoo mouthpieces;
  • warm water surf wax (19-24 °C / 65-75 °F).

Propolis

A traditional medicine used for thousands of years.

  • Propolis small bag

    small bag

    Perfect for a natural antibiotic tincture.

    net wt. 20g / 0.7 oz

    €5.00
  • Propolis big bag

    big bag

    Raw material for your wound healing ointment.

    net wt. 50g / 1.7 oz

    €10.00

Propolis, also known as bee glue, is a sticky resin that worker bees make by gathering sap from nearby plants and trees and mixing it with beeswax, pollen, essential oils from flower buds and saliva. They use it to seal small gaps in the hive and to inhibit fungal and bacterial growth.

Propolis has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years. It is thought to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Propolis tinctures are used as a natural antibiotic to heal sore throat, pharyngitis, laryngitis, ear infections, and hinder the development of colds and influenza.

Propolis ointments have been successfully used to heal genital herpes and cold sores (herpes labialis) and treat skin injuries, it limits the development of scars and accelerates wound healing.

Bee bread

Bees' super food.

Available on early Summer.

Pre-order

While they hop from flower to flower, worker bees not only gather nectar, but also pollen. As you may know, nectar is used to produce honey, the bees' carbohydrates source. On the other hand, pollen is packed into separate honeycombs and mixed with some nectar and enzymes secreted by bees. There it ferments slightly and turns into bee bread, also known as perga.

Bee bread is consumed by bees for its high protein, minerals and vitamins content, making up for honey's deficiencies. It can be consumed by vegetarians as a rich protein source. The fermentation process changes the composition and nutritional value of pollen, making it easier to digest and absorb by the organism. It is said to alleviate digestive disorders and pollen allergies. Bee bread is used by athletes for its antioxidant properties. Athletes also believe it boosts performance and accelerates recovery after training.

Bee bread has a fruit-like taste, lingering between sour and sweet. It can be eaten plain or added to yoghurt or breakfast cereals.

Order

Click the buy buttons or send us an email.

Please bear with us while we build a proper shopping cart for our online store. Meanwhile, you can buy single items with a click on the buy buttons besides each article.

Shipping

All invoices issued through the buy buttons include worlwide postage. If you live in Europe, please send us an email with your order and we will calculate the appropriate (lower) shipping costs.

Send us an email too, in case you would like combined shipping for a multi-item purchase.

Items will be shipped through expedited mail with tracking. Expected delivery times are:
  • Europe: 3 business days.
  • Rest of the world: 5 business days.

Delivery may take 15 business days or longer in countries with tight or lengthy customs' inspections.

Payment methods and fees

  • Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies: 0% fee.
  • SEPA transfer: 0% fee.
  • PayPal and credit cards: 3.4% + 0.35€ fee.

Other payment methods may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.