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Pitcairn Island honey is the honey production on the British-run Pitcairn Island. In May 1998, the UK Government aid agency, the Department for International Development, funded a programme for Pitcairn Island which included training for Pitcairn's bee keepers and a detailed analysis of the disease status of Pitcairn bees and honey. As a result, Pitcairn is now able to export honey products to New Zealand and beyond.

Pitcairn Island has one of the most disease-free bee populations of anywhere in the world and the honey produced is of an exceptionally high quality. The apicultural scientist conducting the project also found that Pitcairn Island bees were a particularly placid variety and within a short time, was able to work with them wearing minimal protection. It would therefore seem that the export of live Queen bees is another potential earner for the Pitcairn Islanders. The numbers of hives on the island is now around 30, with potential for perhaps 10 times that amount.

The rich and intense fruitiness of Pitcairn Islands honey is attributed to the nectar from the Mango, Lata, Passion fruit flower, Guava and Roseapple flowers found in abundance on Pitcairn Island.

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