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Malaysia's honey hunters defy angry bees to harvest treetop treasure
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The honey hunters, as they are known, are rag-tag groups of villagers who head to remote corners of the jungle every year in search of the rare nectar, hidden in towering tualang trees. "This is the real thing," said Abdul Samad Ahmad, 60, who has been harvesting honey in this way for more than 20 years. Like New Zealand's manuka honey, also hailed for its supposed medicinal qualities, Malaysian tualang honey is expensive, fetching 150 ringgit ($38) a kilo -- a huge amount for people from poor, rural communities. read more


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