sidr honey benefits for health

Sidr Honey

Even more expensive than manuka honey, Sidr honey also known as Ziziphus honey has gained a lot of popularity these days. The Arabian world trust it for a reason!

It was mentioned in the Qur’an, and the prophet recommends it for any kind of illness of the body.

‘Honey is a remedy for every illness and the Qur’an is a remedy for all illness of the mind, therefore I recommend to you both remedies, the Qur’an and honey.’

It is claimed to be good for liver problems, stomach ulcers, respiratory infections, diseases resulting from malnutrition, digestive problems, constipation, eye diseases, infected wounds and burns, surgical wounds (lice C-section), promote speedy recovery after childbirth, facilitates menstruation, (with various herbs). It can be used against epilepsy, strengthened the immune systems, to promote general health and vitality.

• Sidr honey benefits for health

The honey is a monofloral honey. The bees collect the nectar of an ancient tree, the Sidr tree.

sidr tree

The SIDR tree

• Also known as Lote tree, Christ’s Thorn, Jujube, Nabkh, Elb, Ber, Bairi tree. Quite a lot of names!
is the formal Arabic name and comes from the name of the Sidr tree that is mentioned in the Holy Quran.
Elb – is the local name of the tree and is most commonly used in Arab world.
Ber or Bairi Honey it is called in Urdu.
Sidr tree is also called Jujube tree. But surely is not the same. The Jujube tree is Ziziphus jujuba and the Sidr tree is Ziziphus spina-christi. They are indeed related, both subspecies of Ziziphus.

• Botanical name: Ziziphus spina-christi

• It’s an evergreen tree that grows in coastal, desert, and semi-desert areas. It is native to Northern and tropical Africa and Southern and Western Asia.
It grows in valleys up to an elevation of 500 m. We can meet it in India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula.
It grows extensively in the eastern part of Yemen. Which is why sidr honey is known by many, only as Yemen honey.

fruit of Yemen tree• The Sidr tree is a sturdy and deep-rooted tree which has withstood the devastating floods of Eram at Ma’arib Yemen along two other trees: Tamarisk and Mustard Tree. Sidr belongs to the “Ziziphus” family of plants. The average tree size normally between 7-8 meters hight.

The branches are soft with gray-yellow color and the flowers are yellow.

The fruits of sidr trees are round and yellowish but turn to a more reddish color when mature. They have a very high-energy value, though there are other fruits more valuable: dates, figs, raisins, and few other dried fruits.
The sidr fruit was the first thing Prophet Adam (pbuh) ate when he was made to descend to earth. The tree was used during the time of King Suleiman (pbuh) and the Pharaohs used it to build palaces and temples.

• It is an ancient tree, mentioned four times in the Qur’an. In Sura Saba, it is mentioned as an earth tree while in other Suras, it is mentioned as a paradise tree (Sidrat al-Muntaha). Allah has mentioned this tree to emphasize its beauty, strength and grandeur (Saba 15,16; Waqia 27-33; Najm 7-18).

According to some traditions, Jesus’s Crown of Thorns was made from the branches of this tree.

Jesus' thorn crown was made of sidr branchesHealth benefits of sidr tree

The whole tree has medicinal values:

– The leaves are used as a herbal shampoo, to treat dandruff, head lice, swollen eyes, abscesses, furuncles and counter obesity. Mixed with warm water the leaves are used to clean the body since they are a disinfectant and the oil from the resin is deodorant.

– The wood ash is used for the treatment of snakebites.chemical composition of sidr tree

– The fruits have a very high energy value.

– The seeds are rich in protein;

– The leaves are rich in calcium, iron and magnesium.

– The root, stem bark are also used in various medicinal preparations.

Other known medicinal uses include as a stomachic, an appetizer, an astringent and also as a cough medicine.

Famous areas for producing sidr honey

Among the most famous areas in Yemen for producing Sidr honey are Doan in Hadramout, Gardan, Bayhan in Shabwa. In all these areas honey bees feed themselves exclusively on the nectar of the Sidr trees.

Perhaps the best known place, which produces the most famous honey is the Do’an Valley, in the valley of the Hadramaout desert, east of Yemen. Every year, thousands of semi nomadic beekeepers come here, to offer their bees plenty of food to make the best honey in the country.  Here is the picture is the valley, courtesy of and

Do'an Valley full of sidr trees

the valley where sidr honey is created

The sidr honey

It’s a thick honey with a rich, lavish and buttery sweet taste. It has a golden light color, which darkens and tends to redness over time. While fresh and newly produced, it reminds you of the same aromatic smell of Sidr tree in the month of October, the season when Sidr tree is flowering.
There are different types of sidr honey, differing from one region to another, with differences in taste, color, aroma and density. But all of them share the exquisite taste, splendid aroma, and all of them are very expensive.

According to the Laboratory of CETAM, France, after it analyzed samples of Yemeni Sidr Honey Royal Quality from 2017 in order to certify its monofloral authenticity, here are some of its characteristics:

water content: 14.2 %
pH: 6.25
electrical conductivity: 974 μ¹

sucrose amounts: 0.11 %
glucose: 25 %
fructose: 46%

It contains a higher content of antioxidants, compared to other honeys, and a high proportion of metals.

how is sidr honey

According to tests carried out by the laboratory technician Zabihullah Ahmed Reda at Miracle Healing in Kuwait – quality control department, Sidr honey doesn’t change when exposed to heat, whether low, medium or high and even at the temperature of 80° C.

The HMF (an indicator of the adulteration of honey with invert syrups – syrups of glucose and fructose), did not rise in Sidr honey except for two degrees or three degrees, while in the other types of honey it rose  and reached up to 30 and even 50 degrees (in ppm) at temperature of 70-80° C within half an hour.

A 10 years old sample of Sidr honey, stored in sealed glass, was examined in the same laboratory from Kuwait, and it showed no changes in the chemical composition, quality specifications and HMF percentage.

Allah swt said about bees: From their bellies comes a drink of varying colours, containing healing for mankind. There is certainly a sign in that for people who reflect.” (Surat an-Nahl: 69)

Where can we find it?

There are several online shops selling really expensive sidr honey. It reaches $200 for one kilo. There are also people selling it on ebay, but one cannot tell if it’s the real thing.

Or, from Do’an Valley, in the valley of the Hadramaout desert, east of Yemen, the most famous sidr honey: Raw Yemeni Honey (Sidr, 285g) or from a different producer, Yemen Sidr Honey LLC: Pure Yemen Sidr Honey. Also available at (see picture below).

Also coming from the Arab world, the most famous of all seeds: the black seeds Nigella Sativa: Nigella Sativa, the black seeds, can cure every disease. Come on… and then read the other articles on it, you’ll surely be impressed.

Why is it that expensive?

Firstly, because it’s a monofloral honey, and this means the bees can collect the nectar only for one month, in October, the flowering time. The production season continues only for 40 to 60 days in a year, and that is a very short period. The efforts  to prepare the apiaries take very high costs.
Secondly, it is considered medicinal honey, just like manuka, and therefore highly priced.




Picture sources:
“man pouring honey” picture credit Michael Keith Manges via licensed under CC;
“thorn crown” picture credit Waiting For The Word via licensed under CC;
“Ziziphus spina-christi in Ein Hoquq” by Hanay – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons;
“fruits of Ziziphus spina-christi” by Ariel Palmon – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons;
“flowers of Ziziphus-areva-israel” by Dov Grobgeld. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Laura Bujor

Laura Bujor is the author and founder of She built this website as a personal journey to discover the power of honey and share it with the world. She learned directly from beekeepers and took a course in apitherapy. From a hobby, honey and apitherapy turned into a professional career. You can find her on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and X.

View all posts by Laura Bujor →

10 thoughts on “Sidr Honey

  1. Hello Laura, I am Jalal Aklan
    Let me tell you about my experience in supervising, producing and selling Sidr honey from its original countries
    I own my own apiaries in Yemen, Al-Osaimat, and in Hadhramaut, specifically in Wadi Dawan, where we produce the finest types of Hadrami Sidr honey, in addition to owning and supervising beehives in the Al-Osaimat region that produce the finest and most famous types of Sidr honey in the world, Al-Osaimi Royal Sidr Honey.
    I have also been marketing this honey for nearly 11 years in a number of countries around the world through an official store located in Riyadh ((Sidr Al Osaimi Honey Store))
    I am waiting for you there, where you will learn about the finest types of royal Al-Osaimi Sidr honey, Hadrami Sidr honey (Dowan honey), and Al-Jardani Al-Shabwani Sidr honey, in addition to the excellent Saudi local Sidr honey and local acacia honey from Hail’s apiaries, and other honeys that we provide. Please click on this link to learn more.

    1. Hello Jalal,
      You have a wonderful job! It’s a tough one but with many benefits. Sidr honey is such a wonder product that I think you and your family are healthy persons, with a powerful immune system.
      I would have inserted a link in the post, but it doesn’t have an English version. Let me know if you do that, or if you sell it on Amazon, I will be happy to insert a link up in the post.
      All the best!

  2. Hi
    we produce sidr honey in abundance in the southern regions of Iran.

  3. I wonder how was sidr honey can made and what is the difference. You perfectly clear my doubt about the honey. Thank You.

    1. Hi Samuel,

      bees making the honey comb – bee keepers collet all the honey comb and squeeze it to get the liquid. different taste because of different areas.

      Orang in US will not be the same as UAE. even if its same tree.

      hope i gave you a good reply.
      whats +971505116558

  4. Hi Laura,

    Kindly, Refer to the honey that in the Arab World to include Palestine and NOT Israel. Palestine is the name of the country that has these types of honey. Israel is an occupying terrorist regime that occupies Palestine.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Ahmad,
      I have removed the word Israel from the text and kept only the name of the region. This is an apolitical place, focused only on honey bees and their amazing products. Sidr honey is an excellent example of the great symbiosis between nature and honey bees. You are lucky to have it there.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.