Esquel, the paradise of southern honey
In the region known as the “Bajada del Condor” there is a venture, two hectares of extension, is entered by an alley that deviates subtly from Route 259, at the height of the kilometer 25.
A coniferous avenue indicates the way to a gate. After transposing it, tourists dive into a wonderful tour. There, with the landscape mountain range, the best honey of Patagonia is offered. In this area the taste is combined with a unique flavor forming a product without equal.
While the family that manages this venture has decades of experience with bees, just a few years ago gave birth to this brand that fractionates and markets honey and that, from one year to this part, has opened the doors literally to an unknown facet: tourism rural.
Hundreds of travelers arrive summoned by posters on the route or from comments or brochures at tourist offices , with the aim of knowing the beekeeping production from within.
Some are attracted to the possibility to bring to your tables healthy products, directly from your hands doers that give them life. Others arrive attracted by the mystery behind the charming work of bees and for the latent concern about the risk of extinction of these species and the important contribution they generate to sustain the natural balance of the world.
Even, in recent years, there are those who arrived after having decided to sweeten their food with natural honey instead of processed sugar or sweetener.
In the region, the surnames Williams and Krieger are mentioned when you investigate the pioneers of beekeeping production, aged 40 to this part. Currently, a group of 15 beekeepers from the region of Los Alerces is holding a collaborative work that generates advantageous common conditions for the regional development of production.
Andean Valley, on the southern border of the beekeeping production of the country, produces honey, pollen, beeswax and propolis to market, in a natural environment in which, unlike the framework that offers wet pampa, there is no monoculture or fumigation with agrochemicals.
The production cycle of honey is strongly conditioned by the weather. Bees begin to grow in September and is harvested in January and February. In March the end of the season by the cold and only in August starts again, depending on natural flowering.
The rest of the year, during the most months we work on the maintenance of the materials, in reinforcements nutritional and health treatments. Further south, with more temperatures extreme, the percentage of bee deaths is higher and the production of beekeeping is limited to hives for self-consumption.
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