The Melipona bee is a Stingless species that has been cultivated by the Mayan peoples for hundreds of years and they call it the “sacred Mayan bee”, due to the healing properties of its honey. Such is the importance of bees that the Mayans, in pre-Hispanic times, performed between four and six ceremonies a year in their honor.
The main characteristic of the Melipona Stingless Bee is that it does not have a sting, but to defend its colony it "bites" everything that represents a threat, they cling in such a way that they die during combat.
Among the products that this little bee produces are Honey, Beewax, Beebread, and Propolis, in addition to their valuable service as pollinators. A Melipona hive produces a liter and a half of honey per year, its production process takes longer compared to that of European bees which produce up to 30 liters of honey in a year.
Although the production of honey is less, it is much more beneficial than honey from other bees since its medicinal properties help the immune system, in addition to being used to cure ailments, wounds, burns, and diseases. In the cosmetic branch, it is also highly appreciated, as it is used to create products such as soaps, creams, and powders. Stingless bee honey, a novel source of trehalulose: a biologically active disaccharide with health benefits.
Melipona Stingless Bee pollen has a protein value 50 percent higher than that of other bees. Stingless bee (Meliponini) honey has long been considered a high-value functional food, but the perceived therapeutic value has lacked attribution to specific bioactive components.
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