Two honey stirring sticks dipped in honey
The Turkish Caves That Produce The World's Most Expensive Honey
By Christine Barba
In 2021, the Guinness World Records website established that the Centauri Turkish honey is the costliest on earth. Produced by Turkish researcher and entrepreneur Ahmet Eren Çakır, the honey was previously sold for more than $10,000 per kilogram and is retrieved from caves and rocks between 1,900 and 3,000 meters above sea level.
These caves are located in the Black sea region of Turkey, and a YouTube video promoting Centauri Honey highlights that climbing into these caves for honey is dangerous. The video's narrator states that the climbers have "only their ropes and their wits to keep them alive in such a harsh and unforgiving environment."
Although acquiring Centauri honey is challenging, it has ample amounts of magnesium, potassium, flavonoids, and antioxidants, and consumers have been exploring its benefits since 2018. Even the bees that help produce the honey are exclusive, as the colony is secluded from people and other colonies to avoid the varroa mite, which infects bees and limits honey production.