The Sensation of Drinking Honey Kelulut Kubu Raya

Propolis or honey bag kelulut. Photo: Yanuarius Viodeogo

Yanuarius Viodeogo Seno

WEST KALIMANTAN — Perhaps you’ve never tasted drinking honey directly from a beehive.

In Teluk Nibung Village, Kubu Raya Regency, honey farmers make honeycombs that produce honey that can be directly covered using straws.

Do not be afraid of being hit by a stylet or needle sting of bees. Honey farmers there cultivate bees of the type of kelulut without stings.

Don’t even imagine sucking honey up a tall tree.

Honey developed by farmers is located around the yard area of the house.

With a sturdy stick of wood, a colony of bees breeds in a cage called a stub box. The cage is made of cube-shaped wood. If you want to sip honey, open the cage cover.

Before starting to sip honey, prepare a straw in advance. Gently press the honey bee liquid bag. The name of the bag is propolis, brown or black.

Suck the honey liquid. Almost all propolis offices contain liquids. This honey tastes different from most common honey. The taste of honey is sweet and slightly sour.

However, do not worry for those who are wary of sour taste because honey is friendly for ulcer patients. This honey has properties for owners of stomach acid.

For those who are not used to drinking honey, this honey is more delicious mixed with cold water, or tea.

Delicious also mix this honey with a variety of other cake snacks such as fried food, grilled bananas and sponge cake.

Stub or bee colony cage produces honey in the village of Teluk Nibung, Kubu Raya Regency. Photo: Yanuarius Viodeogo

Curious to feel the sensation of sucking honey kelulut it. For adventurers who love to travel down the river or mangrove forests, the destination of kubu raya honey breeding location deserves to be on your list.

The trip starts from Pontianak City, the capital of West Kalimantan Province to Rasau Sub-district by car or motorcycle.

Travel time is approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes, or almost 2 hours. Paved road conditions but holes.

At the end of the village, there is a crossing pier. Access to Teluk Nibung Village can only be passed by water transportation.

There is no land route, so getting there must use water transportation. We chose a speed boat.

Along the way, the mangroves left-right color the eye view. It is easy to find white mangroves flying from one tree to another.

Some are flying alone and hordes with others.

The calm flow of water makes us lulled by the view of the expanse of trees, coconuts and river grasses.

Luckily, when you meet from a distance, a herd of monkeys hangs among the trees.

The trip made the eyes sleepy it did not last long because from a distance it seemed the sea waves were ready to welcome our presence.

Yes, heading to Teluk Nibung Village must pass through the waves first.

Andrenaline you tested here.

The speedboat arrived crashing into the waves and landed hard. Not once or twice but repeatedly. Salty seawater enters the wet clothes.

For almost 30 minutes, the wave hit the left and right sides of the speedboat.

But, do not worry the driver aka speedboat driver there is reliable. All we have to do is enjoy the trip to split the waves.

After a stressful sea journey finally arrived in the city center of Batu Ampar Subdistrict. This is a rest area or riverside retreat.

Floating food stalls lined up to provide heavy drinking and meals.

The rest is not long and the journey continues. This time, there is no need to be afraid to hold hands because it leads to Teluk Nibung Village in the river water area.

The location to Teluk Nibung Village from Batu Ampar Village is about 1-hour drive. The total journey from Rasau pier to Teluk Nibung Village is almost 4 hours drive. Starting to enter this village, each house has a stub of honey kelulut.

One of the breeding sites of kelulut honey is in the house of Gio Sumantri. This man has more than 1,000 stubs of honey cages.

He does not himself develop honey kelulut into promising business prospects of the future.

Other farmers develop businesses. So, buyers who have visited the location and miss the honey can easily obtain honey in Pontianak City.

Prices start from Rp130,000 to Rp150,000 depending on size.

It would be nice to feel the experience of splitting the sea waves and drinking honey water directly at the location of the honey cage kelulut, Teluk Nibung Village, Kubu Raya.

Honey kelulut in packaging ready to sell to consumers. Photo: Yanuarius Viodeogo

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