Honey has been commercially produced in Israel for over 100 years though it is believed that thousands of years ago this industry existed in the area. Today Beekeeping for the production of Honey is a large industry with over 100,000 apiaries spread across the country from North to South.
The Southern Kibbutz of Yad Mordechai is one of the pioneers of the Israeli honey industry. Beginning in 1936, the founders of the kibbutz were taught the secrets of honey production and the keeping of bees by Australian and British soldiers stationed in Israel, and it was not long before pure honey was being distributed. After the War of Independence in 1948, the apiary consolidated itself as a leader of the honey industry in Israel and the use of innovative methods and advanced quality control techniques followed and it was not long before Yad Mordechai Honey became the most well-known and widely sold honey in the country.
Today honeybees around the world are in a very dire situation, their numbers perilously declining due to Colony Collapse disorder. Luckily however, due to a number of innovative strategies, Israel’s bees are affected much less than in other countries and the honeybee population holds steady.
At the present time there are also a number of apiaries producing quality Honey in many other areas of the country. It is possible for local visitors and tourists to visit these beekeeping and Honey producers to tour the facilities, see films about bees and their way of life, as well as take part in workshops and attend lectures about various different products such as Royal Jelly and Propolis which is a compound produced by Bees and believed to fight infections and heal wounds.