Diverse endemic tree species are housed in the Valdivian forest, a real treasure of nature; among them, the ulmo, tineo and tiaca, live patrimonies that allow bees recollecting their nectar and pollen, and thus, produce clear honeys, highly differentiated and with natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties, which lead to a high demand by the countries of the European Union.
Its singular clear color, taste and creaminess, and its high levels of vitamin A, iron, calcium and zinc, make it important with regard to food complements, in particular, for people with anemia or low defenses. Proper benefits of hive products in the territory show highly antibacterial, antiviral, immunostimulant, anti-inflammatory, healing and analgesic from typical aspects of its botanical providing the consumer a high quality product.
The soft honey of Tiaca, known as white honey stands out for its fresh fruits flavor and mint aroma, transforming it in a treasured culinary food, especially in the preparation of alcoholic drinks and gourmet products.
The ulmo honey, compared to other honeys shows one of the highest levels of antibiotic properties, being a good food to fight viral, breathing and digestives diseases.
The Region of Los Ríos has 2,691 hectares apt for the production of honey, with the presence of more than 650 beekeeper, 11,500 hives and producer cooperatives. Beekeeping importance in the region is such, that in 2008 the Consortium of Bee Technological Development was created. This entity develops innovating solutions to promote sustainability of this industry. For this purpose, it has formed strategy alliances with companies, universities and technological entities in order to implement cutting-edge scientific investigation to the beekeeping sector and thus, increase its competitiveness.