Learn more about bee-keeping in Slovenia and spoil your taste buds with local honey.
History of bee-keeping
Bee-keeping in Slovenia is a traditional agricultural activity. In the middle of the 18th century, bee-keeping was presented to the world by Anton Janša from Breznica, a village near Bled. He was the pioneer of modern bee-keeping and the first bee-keeping teacher in Vienna. Today, bee-keepers still use his techniques. Due to the efforts made by Slovenian bee-keepers, we celebrate 20 May, his birthday, as World Bee Day. The purpose is to raise awareness about the importance of bees and their role in pollination.
Carniolan honeybee (Apis mellifera carnica) is an autochthonous Slovenian bee subspecies and the second most common bee species in the world. It was named after Carniola (Kranjska), because this was the area where the Carniolan honeybee found its habitat through evolution. Although it is quite common in the Balkans, Gorenjska region has been recognised as its homeland. It is an exceptionally diligent, peaceful, modest bee with a great sense of orientation.