Wild nature, millions of flowers and clean Scandinavian environment create the perfect combination to produce delicious and pure honey and propolis. Our honey not only tastes excellent, but it is also very nutritious.
Our mission is to produce the cleanest and highest quality bee products for the world. To quarantee the premium quality our beehives are located in the most ideal locations deep in the pristine forests in Finland’s countryside.
We are the first and only Demeter certified biodynamic honey producer in Finland. Our products are annually 3rd party tested 100% free from pesticides, herbicides and GMO. Hikiän Raw Honey has exceptionally low HMF level, 3,3 mg/kg, which indicates that the product is very close to the state it is in the hive.
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We are Finland’s largest and most sustainable company that exports 100 % natural bee products and innovates smart solutions for bee welfare.
We produce the cleanest and the highest quality bee products for the world.
On our behalf we ensure that the reduction in the number of pollinators will end in the territory we operate.
We will do our utmost to preserve the diversity of forests, increase the existence of arable soil and the availability of clean water.
We constantly innovate, vision and create new ways to add value to our customers.
Being honest with ourselves and our customers, as well as strong moral principles in all our activities, is our greatest value.
We respect and harness nature as it is and lean strongly to sustainability on everything we do.
We believe in continual personal growth. It is not only learning new things and knowledge, but also unlearning from old habits and limits. It is improving, achieving goals and succeeding.
We focus on a positive mindset and choose to be grateful every day and for every good thing that comes our way. We show our gratitude to nature by caring and doing our best to make it good for our bees to live.
The true joy of life is in the journey we take. We are going to make the most of it and we strive to make it visible in everything we do.
We want our customers and partners to enjoy the journey as much as we do.
Bees are exceptional. They work very hard in the spring and summer, and during the winter they can survive even in the -40 Celsius degree of cold.
In the process of gathering nectar bees pollinate crops on a global scale as they flit from flower to flower.
One bee is capable of visiting 5 000 different flowers in one day and there can be about 50 000 worker bees in one hive. This equates to 250 million flowers pollinated every single day.
On average bees fly up to three kilometers to harvest nectar and some will fly as far as six kilometers back and forth every day. They find the good supply of nectar by communicating with each other in an extraordinary way. When a worker bee returns from foraging, it will perform the combination of a dance by wiggling its body, either going round in a circle or a figure of eight. Every movement made is incredibly precise and tells all the other bees exactly where the best source of nectar is.
We don’t restrict bees to monofloral areas. We rely on our bees’ intelligence to know what type of nectar, pollen, propolis etc. is needed to survive during the long and cold winter. The main plant base for Hikiän bees is bilberry, lingonberry, heather and willow herb.
Bee pollination is the keystone process for all ecosystems, natural and human managed. It is said that nearly 90 % of the world’s wild flowering plant species are depending entirely or partly on animal pollination, along with more than 75 % of the world’s food crops and 35 % of global agricultural land (UN).
The 3rd generation beekeeper and Hikiän CEO has followed the footsteps of his grandfather in beekeeping. Reko wants to keep up the traditional and sustainable beekeeping methods and provide the most natural habitat for the bees to live.
“I want to make sure we have bees also for the next generations.”
Unheated, unpasteurized and free from all impurities and pesticides. The honey retains all the important vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. We use wooden materials for the beehives keeping the bee farms 100 % natural.
We carefully harvest the honey by hand and before bottling the only process our honey goes through is resting.
Hikiän Raw Honey has exceptionally low HMF level, which is 3,8 mg/kg. Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) level ranges from 0 to 40 mg/kg. According to Finland’s Beekeeping Association 15 mg/kg is considered as good quality and maximum allowable level is 40mg/kg.
Lower the HMF level is more enzyme activity and healing power can be expected. This also means that there is less processing such as refining, filtering, heating and treating.
HMF is a break-down product of fructose. It forms slowly during storage and very quickly when honey is heated. Fresh natural honey can have varying levels of HMF. In the hive honey would normally be below 1 mg/kg but levels soon start to rise with temperatures above 20°C. It is usual for HMF to be below 10 mg/kg in fresh extracted honey. Levels higher than this may indicate excessive heating during the extraction process or packaging process.
Our propolis is a pure superpower from Finnish nature. Hikiän bees collect tree sap mainly from pines and spruces and mix it with enzymes to create propolis.
Propolis destroys bad bacteria and viruses. Its flavonoids release antioxidants and prevent illnesses and can even heal different diseases. Proven by scientists propolis is strengthening the immune system and correctly used it also supports liver from toxics.
Enriched in flavonoids, phenol acids and terpene derivatives propolis is used for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-ulcer and anti-inflammatory properties. Research has also pointed out that properties of antioxidant and anti-proliferative make propolis interesting in the field of anti-tumor and anti-cancer therapy.
Chemical compound of propolis is quite complicated. The contents depend on the sap collecting location, time and plant sources. Yet over 300 compounds have been identified including:
- Amino acids
- Phenolic aldehydes
- Sesquiterpene quinines
Propolis can be taken externally by using it directly on a damaged skin or by ingesting the substance orally, depending on desired effects and needs. Fighting agents several bacteria, yeast and viruses
- Bacillus larvae
- Bacillus de koch (tuberculose)
- Eschericia coli
- Salmonella sp.
- Staphylococcus aureus (different infections)
- Streptococcus bakteria
- Candida albicans, thrush
- Ascosphaera apis
*Effectiveness increases if the propylene glycol has been used as liquid.
- Respiratory disorders
*Studies have shown that propolis is fighting against parasites and it can be used to prevent various plant diseases.
It is known to be good for treating:
- Athlete’s foot
Hikiän beehives are surrounded by bilberry bushes. Our bees get much of their nectar from bilberry flowers. The health benefits of bilberries are tremendeous.
Bilberries are full of anthocyanins, powerful flavonoid antioxidants that one associates with dark-colored berries which are believed to be able to lower blood sugar levels, improving vision and lowering LDL cholesterol levels in the blood, while at the same time improving HDL cholesterol levels. Study has also shown that bilberries have the potential to reduce the distressing symptoms of ulcerative colitis.
Bilberry benefits are so great that we have wanted to boost our raw honey with bilberry powder. Hence, bilberry honey has multiple good qualities and nutritions. The benefits of bilberries and bilberry extract have been established through considerable research studies. These results have shown that bilberries and bilberry extract may:
- Strengthen blood vessels
- Improve circulation
- Prevent cell damage
- Help in treating retinopathy
- Help lower blood glucose levels
Remarkable Numbers of Bilberry
- High in fiber (5,0 g/100 kcal)
- Low fat (1,1 g/100g)
- No saturated fats (< 0,1 g/100 g)
- Low in salt (0,002 g/100 g)
- Natural source of vitamin E (14,4 mg/100g)