Limited Edition Lebanese Honey

L'Atelier du Miel chose to collaborate with renowned artist Zeina Abirached, to bring you this unique honey and to celebrate Beirut, a city full of marvels.

As one of the oldest cities in the world, Beirut has lived through key historical moments that left their marks on its urban heritage. This heritage is composed of traditional houses with large round arches and balconies bursting with jasmine flowers to beautiful residences like The Pine Residence that witnessed the declaration of the State of Greater Lebanon and that currently hosts L’Atelier Du Miel’s beehives.

In Horsh Beirut, one of the few preserved green areas of Beirut, bees feast on nectar and honeydew from pine trees, eucalyptus trees, garden flowers, and wild summer flowers.

This unique honey created is favored by cooks or tea and coffee lovers because of the subtle yet long-lasting notes of rosewater and mint that give it its sweet taste.
This honey also holds therapeutic virtues and is a known lung, urinary, and intestinal antiseptic. It can calm coughs and ease breathing. Mixed with lemon in hot tea, it helps in the fight against the common cold.

Born in Beirut in 1981, Zeina Abirached studied graphic design in Lebanon and then at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris and since then divides her time between comics and illustration.

After “Beyrouth Catharsis” and “38 rue Youssef Semaani”, her graphic novel “Mourir partir revenir, le jeu des hirondelles” is a great public and critical success (official selection of the 2008 Angoulême International Comic Book Festival, translated into twelve languages) followed up closely by “Je me souviens Beyrouth”, “Mouton”, and “Agatha de Beyrouth” (a collaboration with the poet OuLiPien Jacques Jouet).

She is the author of “Piano oriental” (Casterman 2015), a story inspired by the life of her ancestor, the inventor of a new musical instrument in 60s Beirut. In 2018, she draws and writes, with Mathias Enard, the novel graphic “Prendre refuge”, and returns in 2020 to children’s literature with “Le grand livre des petits bruits” (both published by Casterman).

She regularly collaborates with the press and various publishers as an illustrator.

Zeina Abirached

The devastating explosion on August 4th, 2020 has caused invaluable damage to Beirut’s urban heritage. Large areas of Beirut are now destroyed, unrecognizable, or on their way to destruction, if rapid intervention does not occur.
Approximately 1,000 historical buildings were damaged by the explosion. These buildings included houses, apartment buildings, mansions from the 19th-century Ottoman period, and buildings from the modern period of the 1930s and beyond.

The neighborhoods most affected by the explosion are located to the southern and eastern ends of the harbor’s third basin.

These neighborhoods are composed of cultural, touristic, and creative spaces such as universities, schools, museums, designer shops, art galleries, craftsmen, and small trades that perpetuate the city’s valuable and intangible heritage.

Moreover, buildings and homes of this area are occupied by inhabitants with varying backgrounds and incomes. Throughout the capital’s worst episodes in history, these neighborhoods remained inhabited, and are living witnesses to Beirut’s past and present. Thus, rescuing our endangered heritage is also part of preserving the city’s history and cultural identity.

Rapid intervention on buildings threatened with partial or total collapse and giving priority to the most fragile of residents is of utmost importance. This is also crucial to ensure the safe return of more than 600 vulnerable families before the rainy season begins.

Beirut Heritage Initiative and L'Atelier du Miel
Due to this urgency, Beirut Heritage Initiative (BHI), was launched as an independent and inclusive collective, in favor of restoring the built and cultural heritage of Beirut. Beirut Heritage Initiative is organized around a team of experts with complementary skills and is based on continuous communication between all of the involved stakeholders.
BHI includes professionals and NGOs specialized in cultural heritage such as Beirut Built Heritage Rescue (BBHR2020), the National Heritage Foundation (NHF), Association pour la Protection des Sites et Anciennes Demeures au Liban (APSAD), Arab Center for Architecture (ACA), International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), International Council Of Museums (ICOM), UN Blue Shield, Save Beirut Heritage (SBH)…

The startup is distinguished by its unique production method, which relies on the movement of hives to follow the flowering seasons, allowing bees to feed only on the nectar of flowers and trees

The bees feast on the Cedar trees of Barouk, the oak trees of Keserwan, […] and much more. By going to where nature is in bloom, L’Atelier Du Miel produces more than a dozen artisanal honeys.

With produce and plants that befit a lush Mediterranean paradise, Lebanon has some pretty happy bees, and this beautiful shop is where to go to taste the fruits of their labour.