BERLIN, Germany - JULY 19: A beekeeper pulls a shelf of honeycomb from a beehive in Berlin, Germany, on July 19, 2022. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Getty Images)
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Most Of The World's Honey Comes From This Country
Honey can be found in almost every corner of the world, since bees are native to every continent except Antarctica and play a very important role in most ecosystems. Several countries around the globe raise bee hives for the purpose of harvesting honey, and one nation in particular produces way more honey than any other.
Given China’s enormous land mass and plentiful plant life and agricultural resources, it makes sense that this country is the world’s largest honey producer. In 2020, China put out upwards of 458,100 tonnes of honey out of the estimated 1,850,868 tonnes harvested around the world annually, and the nation's bees and crops directly benefit each other.
In 2021, China reported $260 million's worth of honey, which was an increase from the previous year. Two species of bees in particular, Apis mellifera and Apis cerana, keep China's honey-producing provinces thriving, including Zhejiang province, which accounts for a seventh of the country's total honey production every year.