Flowers for Honey

Arashan keeps its beehives high up in the mountains of Tien Shan Mountain ranges. The farm is surrounded by the vast flower fields, full of wildflowers. There are three main flowers from which the Arashan honey is collected from.

Sainfoin is one of the main sources of the nectar for our white honey. It has been grown by farmers across many parts of the world for hundreds of years. It is native to South Central Asia and was introduced into Europe in the 15th century. The name Sainfoin comes from the French saint foin or sain foin meaing 'holy hay' or 'healthy hay'. It is highly palatable to animals and has an excellent nutritional balance. Sainfoin, which flowers from June until September, is beloved of both bumble and honey bees. (source http://legumeplus.eu/introduction-sainfoin)

Honeybees extract nectar from clover. Its brightly colored flowers contain many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. It is largely used in alternative medicine in treating respiratory issues, skin disorders, inflammatory conditions. (source https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-red-clover-89577)

Another source of our honey is nectar from alfalfa flower. It has been around for centuries and is an overlooked wonder food. It is helpful for just about all kinds of health problems, especially those caused by nutritional deficiencies. Alternative health professionals state that alfalfa is not only nutritious, it is an effective remedy for many ailments. (source https://www.ediblewildfood.com/alfalfa.aspx)