THE MEETING OF CULTURES
A stone's throw from the African continent, located on the ancestral route to India, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, with a territory equivalent to that of metropolitan France. Its history makes it an extraordinary island, a clever cultural mix between Africa and Asia. The diversity of the ecosystems present on the island, its climate and its isolation offer ideal conditions for beekeeping, since they allow up to four harvests per year while the world standard is more of a single harvest. The harvest areas are a few kilometers from Manakara, in areas guaranteed without pesticides, it is a pure and 100% natural production.
AN EXCEPTIONAL FLORA
You just need to put your foot on the red soil of Madagascar for the change of scenery. The lush forests in the heart of the Indian Ocean unfold like a carpet of greenery stretching out as far as the eye can see. This fantastic landscape awakens the sleeping senses: in an instant the Red Island captivates us.
Time spent on roads and other bumpy paths allows you to admire landscapes as fantastic as they are diverse. This immense territory is full of contrasts, where tropical forests and desert areas coexist, where land and sea come together in unique ecosystems including primary forests. The wild nature of the forests thus respond to the terraced rice fields created by man to the rhythm of the rolling hills of the Highlands. The Big Island inspires tranquility and rest. The extravagance of flora and fauna, rich in more than 14,000 different species, contrasts with the way of life of the inhabitants of the island, who live at the rhythm imposed by nature.
Among the thousands of species present in Madagascar are hidden honey trees unique in the world which allow the harvest of honeys with prodigious flavors. This is the case with Litchi, Niaouli, Eucalyptus and Mokarana. The latter is endemic to the Manakara region.
It is true that the biodiversity of the island of Madagascar is quite exceptional. The lemur monkey which only exists in this country is proof of this.
Manakara is a city located in the south-east of Madagascar. It is the economic and administrative capital of the Vatovavy fito vinany region, and is located 700 km from Antananarivo, the capital of the island. What makes the charm of the city are above all the lush landscapes offered by nature, which still takes pride of place there.
MADAGASCAR, A LARGE PRODUCER OF HONEY
The richness of the Malagasy flora and the characteristics of the climate give very long periods of flowering of a very wide variety of species. The bees produce, throughout the year, several harvests of honeys with multiple flavors, born from the large number of species foraged. In addition to its unparalleled taste quality, the lychee from Madagascar has the advantage of reaching maturity just before the end of the year celebrations when demand for exotic fruits is highest in Europe where begins the grayness of winter.
For scientists, the lychee from Madagascar has the name "sapindaceae chinensis" even if in fact there are a few sub-varieties. And as its name suggests it is originally from China and is very different from 2 of its most famous cousins which are:
- red Rambutans also but larger and more hairy still called "Chinese lychees"
- the Longanis smaller and green in color
The lychee (the tree) which bears the lychees (fruits) in clusters is a majestic tree that comes into production around its 6th year and can live up to 100 years. They can reach more than 20 meters and when the clusters reach maturity we can think of seeing a red chestnut tree in bloom.
LES RUCHES AUSTRALES
Our latest addition is the Mokarana honey. Its flavor is very fragrant and fruity with citrus notes.