Miel de Mariola

We bring from the rainforests of Costa Rica MIEL DE MARIOLA considered exceptional for its benefits and therapeutic qualities, curing besides preventing infection and disease. The Maya, Aztec and Pre-Columbian cultures of Central and South America over 5,000 years ago were the first to raise the stingless bees, in turn, these ancient cultures discovered the medicinal uses of MIEL DE MARIOLA (native stingless bee honey).

Mariola is a stingless bee native to the neo-tropics, its scientific name is Tetragonisca angustula belongs to Apiade Family, Meliponinae Sub Family and Meliponini Tribe. In Costa Rica traditionally is called Mariola and is said that the Virgin Mary sent her to protect us using it’s healing honey. Other names are Maria Seca, Angelita or Virginita They are very social, living in hives, in the forests, in the trunks of trees and also in special wooden rational boxes for sustainable production of MIEL DE MARIOLA. Because of the loss of their habitat are found today even in our homes.

Reserva Natural Green Earth Gardens and a group of producers in Costa Rica are working together to make this conservation and sustainability initiative focused on forest recovery through Meliponiculture or Tropical Beekeeping a pioneer project. Promoting sustainable and non-destructive use of forest resources, reforestation with native species and Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) are the main goals. MELIPONICULTURE is the name given to the beekeeping of native stingless bees.

The exceptional quality of MIEL DE MARIOLA we produce is because it contains the nectar of native and endemic plants. The homogeneous botanical composition (monofloral) shows the contribution of the nectar to the antimicrobial activity, provides the effect that makes it  effective antiseptic agent without health risks.

Although Mariola bees are very small (2-3 mm), their role in the forests is very important. They care for the environment, help to improve the production of flowers and fruits, pollinating native plants and trees. This generates seeds to keep the growth of the forests for Carbon Capture and Storage to maintain the environmental balance.

Credits Pictures: Chriatian Reichle, JL Cabada y Cristina Cabada

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