Honey hunting accredited as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Honey hunting is the oldest way of keeping bees in carved tree trunks cultivated by Slavs. Backwoods high in nectar-rich plants and huge trees fostered the development of honey hunting activity. Pine and oak trees were frequently choosen for wild bees colonies. The higher was the colony the harder it was for robbers including bears to get to the honey.

The uniqueness of the wild honey is not just the wild flowers aroma but also the taste of an over thousand-year tradition.

The Minister of Culture and National Heritage handed decisions of registration of 12 new elements including honey hunting to the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The ceremony took place on 14th October 2016 in Cracow Cloth Hall.

This registration is the culmination of all formal and nonformal groups impact who engage their time and energy to bring back bees to the woodland.


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