In Istanbul, where approximately 16 million people live, urban beekeepers, adjacent to the skyscrapers, produce honey and at the same time relieve stress.
Istanbul, also known as “the city whose stone and soil is golden” has an important potential with its geographical location and plant diversity. Annually, 4 thousand tons of honey are produced in the forest area, where approximately 1500 beekeepers have been allocated.
Beekeepers who take care of their hives in the forested areas of Istanbul, especially in Şile, Sarıyer, Kartal and Beykoz, have been allocated under the control of the Istanbul Beekeepers Association.
Beekeepers who produce chestnut, flower, sunflower, linden, heather and pine honey also contribute to the economy.
“Metropolitan beekeepers”, who work next to skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, have different professions. Some of them are 40-year-old honey makers, while others produce honey for hobby purposes in order to get away from the stress of the city especially during the coronavirus pandemic.