The Bashkirian Region
Bashkiria borders Siberia and contains part of the Southern Ural mountains which form a natural boundary between the European part of Russia and the Asian part.
More than one-third of the territory of Bashkiria is covered by the densest forests. In addition, one third of the lime-tree forests of Russia grows in Bashkiria. The Bashkirian forests are notable for numerous melliferous herbs and trees.
The modern territory of Bashkiria has long been famous for its honey. The Bashkirian honey is appreciated for its rich and unique flora properties, acquired due to the natural and climatic conditions of Bashkiria. Masters of beekeeping the Bashkir people have been collecting honey for thousands of years.
At the start of the 1900's Bashkirian honeys started to become recognised globally, at the Paris World Fair the Bashkir comb-honey (gathered from lime flowers) won the gold medal.
In the following years the beekeepers from Bashkiria have successfully participated in international congresses, conferences, exhibitions and fairs of beekeeping, presenting their exhibits and scientific reports. Bashkirian honey continues to win medals for its excellent honey including in 1961 at the International Exhibition of Gardening, Horticulture, Floriculture and Apiculture in Germany when it won gold, 1971 in Moscow at the International Congress on beekeeping won gold, 2013 at the 43rd International Apiculture Congress in Kiev won gold for best honey in the world plus a silver and a bronze for other categories.
The Altai Region
The Altai region including the Altai or "golden mountains" as they are known is an area renowned for its beauty and pure air, located in Western Siberia. The region is a traveller’s delight with breath taking views, marvellous alpine meadows, green-blue lakes, caves, deep gorges, conifer forests, snow-capped mountains, falls and teaming wildlife. The list of wonderful sights is endless. This region of Siberia is extremely important
due to its biodiversity, an area of over 1.6 million hectares is recognised by Unesco as a world heritage site and even the endangered snow leopard has made his home there.
This area is completely unpolluted - there is no pollution from vehicle exhaust pipes and is as yet unspoilt by man, and GMO is unheard of! The Altai bees (Apis mellifera) are hardy and healthy they are renowned for producing some of the world's finest organic honeys. Historically honey
was used by the peoples of Altai and Bashkiria as payment or Yasak (levy or tax) to the Russian Tsars.