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Kampung Gombizau

Honey

"Before I left the village I would like to buy some honey. I thought there was only one kind of honey, but then I discovered there were 3, each with a different price tag. So I asked the villagers if this was due to difference in quality. According to them, farm honey is the cheapest (RM20 per bottle), wild honey is 2nd (RM32), and is the most expensive honey (RM38) from stingless bees."

Gombizau is a kampung with about 300 inhabitants located 43 kilometers south of Kudat. The villagers are Rungus people, who are adept at making beads, of which cute handicrafts are for sale in the kampung. The main economic activity of this village community is honey bee farming.
It's not that unusual, because in rural Sabah it is quite common to see one or two homemade beehives on farms. Many village houses also have a hollow tree trunk for beekeeping (such a hive is called gelodog).
The honey collected is mainly for personal consumption. However, beekeeping is not really something they do for money in the first place. For most villagers, they are happy to see beehives as they have honey and can make a living from it.

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Kampung Gombizau has made honey bee farming an attraction. The village is located south of Kudat, on the road to Kota Kinabalu. After 40 km you will see a brown signage "Gombizau Honey Bee Farm" along the road. Follow this direction sign and you will reach Gombizau after a two minute drive on a small paved road (watch out for potholes). Here is the bee farm, where you can see everything about beekeeping and honey production. There are over 100 beehives here. The honey produced is for the consumption of the local population as well as for sale in bottles.

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The beehives are no different from ours. On the honeycomb, the whitish upper part has honey cells that are sealed with a layer of beeswax. The middle parts are cells filled with pollen, the color depends on the type of flower visited by the bees. Pollen is the only protein source for nourishing the brood. Some cells contain dolls, which are edible and rich in vitamins and minerals.

A worker showed us how to collect honey. First, he used smoke to neutralize the attack-induced odor (pheromone) released by the bees. They let you taste the taste of raw honey straight from the honeycomb.
The villagers of Kampung Gombizau claim that the raw honey has a healing property. The honey is also able to impart its superior flavor to the food during cooking.

Before I left the village I would like to buy some honey. I thought there was only one kind of honey, but then I discovered there were 3, each with a different price tag. So I asked the villagers if this was due to difference in quality. According to them, farm honey is the cheapest (RM20 per bottle), wild honey is 2nd (RM32), and is the most expensive honey (RM38) from stingless bees.


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