Aroeira do Sertao (Myracrodruon urundeva), widely abundant in the northern region of Minas Gerais, in Brazil, is one of the hardest woods in the world with a dark red heartwood which becomes black after sunlight exposure and it was widely used for the production of fence posts and beams as it lasts for more than one hundred years as far as we know, even in contact with the ground. Its name is from our native Guarani tribe, meaning “the one that makes the stone dull”, All other wood species could be carved with stone instruments, except the Aroeira, for its hardness.

The tree grows natively and abundantly on the semi-arid forest called Mata Seca (Dry Forest) and it pulls lots of minerals from the ground to its cells and nectar. Allied to that, in order to protect itself from the extreme heat, the tree produces a large number of Phenolic compounds and it expels a sap which attracts a Psilid (Tainares myracrodruon) which is only found on the Aroeira trees. This insect along with aphids consume the sap and excrement the Honey Dew, which is also collected by the bees along the tree nectar in order to make the powerful Aroeira honey. This entire process generates a great number of phenolic compounds both on the nectar and the honey dew.

According to scientific studies, these phenolic compounds fight Helicobater pylori, which is a bacterium, hard to be fought with usual medicine and it is the main responsible bacteria which causes stomach cancer, gastric problems and colitis. The phenolic compounds in our bodies will help us boost the immune system, act like a natural fungicide and bactericide, just like it does on the tree. Independent scientific studies already have proven that.

The bees, which are from the Apis mellifera family, process the nectar and the honey dew and make it great and delicious for human consumption. The honey is a thick dark amber which has an exotic spiced toffee chocolate taste and it never crystalizes as it has low amounts of sugars.


» Antibacterial activity of Aroeira honeys produced in Minas-Gerais against bacteria of clinical importance.

» Content of phenolic compounds in monofloral aroeira honey and in floral nectary tissue.

» Antioxidant activities of some monofloral honey types produced across Minas Gerais (Brazil).

» Aroeira Honey: New Product for Apitherapy.