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Largest Natural Honey Producers (Top 115 Countries)


Honey production is a big part of agriculture in many countries worldwide. Each area’s climate, plants, and beekeeping practices affect the honey’s taste and texture in different ways. For example, China is the biggest honey-producing country in the world. Its varied climate and plant life make it a great place to make honey. In the same way, Argentina is a big honey producer, most coming from the vast and fertile Pampas region. 

Manuka honey is a favourite type from New Zealand known for being unique and tasty. Australia is also known for its high-quality honey, especially the famous Manuka honey made in the coastal areas. The process of making honey is interesting and complicated, changing from country to country. This makes each type of honey unique and special.

In the honey industry, honey and other bee products, such as beeswax, propolis, and royal jelly, are made and sold. The business has been growing in recent years because people want more natural sweeteners, and honey is good for your health.


Honey is a natural sweetener that comes from the nectar of flowers and is made by honey bees. It tastes good for you in many ways, making it a favourite food item worldwide. Therefore, honey production is a big part of agriculture in many countries. However, the amount and type of honey can vary a lot based on the climate, the plants that grow there, and how beekeepers work. In this context, we will look more closely at some of the top honey-producing countries and how they make honey. 

Facts about honey production by country:

  • China is the largest honey producer worldwide, producing over 485,960 tonnes annually.
  • Ukraine is the biggest producer of honey in Europe, followed by Germany, France, Portugal, and Lithuania.
  • Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia are also significant honey-producing nations in Africa.
  • Ancient Greek civilizations considered honey as a symbol of good fortune and joy. Additionally, honey was offered to the spirits of the deceased at funerals.
  • Honey is the only insect-produced food that both insects and humans consume.  
  • Honey-containing toxins were utilized in ancient warfare.
  • The variety of honey produced differs by region and is affected by the flowers and plants from which bees collect nectar.
  • Foraging bees must travel approximately 55,000 miles and visit about 2 million blossoms to produce one pound of honey.
  • Bumble bees do not produce honey in the traditional sense, but they do produce their form of honey. 
  • Honey comes in various hues, from nearly transparent to nearly black. Darker honey contains more antioxidants.
  • Australia is well-known for producing high-quality honey, including distinct and flavorful varieties such as eucalyptus, macadamia, and leatherwood.
  • In certain countries, such as France and Italy, honey is considered a delicacy and is frequently sold at a premium in gourmet food stores and farmers’ markets.
  • China and India have a long history of employing honey in traditional medicine to manage a variety of ailments.
  • Cats cannot taste honey because they lack the necessary flavour receptors.

Here is a list of the largest honey-producing countries in the world, According to FAO:

RankCountryTotal Production (In Tonnes)
1China 485,960
2Turkey 96,344
3Iran 77,152
4Argentina 71,318
5Ukraine 68,558
6India 66,278
7Russia 64,533
8Mexico 62,080
9United States 57,364
10Brazil 55,828
11Canada 40,720
12Tanzania 31,608
13South Korea 30,221
14Angola 23,409
15Vietnam 21,526
16New Zealand 20,500
17Germany 19,600
18Kenya 17,265
19Central African Republic 16,779
20France 14,382
21Uzbekistan 14,067
22Taiwan 13,260
23Ethiopia 13,000
24Uruguay 12,794
25Thailand 12,307
26Chile 11,929
27Australia 11,403
28Cuba 10,858
29Portugal 10,441
30Morocco 7,960
31Lithuania 7,894
32Serbia 7,438
33Azerbaijan 6,803
34Rwanda 6,092
35Czechia 6,086
36Guatemala 5,928
37Myanmar 5,569
38Algeria 5,165
39Albania 4,835
40Cameroon 4,706
41Colombia 4,650
42Tajikistan 4,591
43Pakistan 4,385
44Egypt 4,362
45Nepal 4,062
46Israel 4,000
47Moldova 3,983
48Madagascar 3,975
49Senegal 3,910
50Kazakhstan 3,691
51Tunisia 3,680
52Syria 3,253
53Finland 3,100
54North Macedonia 2,814
55Yemen 2,738
56Japan 2,729
57Kyrgyzstan 2,363
58Armenia 2,212
59Latvia 2,135
60El Salvador 2,001
61Georgia 2,000
62Belarus 1,985
63Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,876
64Paraguay 1,868
65Norway 1,690
66Peru 1,681
67Afghanistan 1,362
68Estonia 1,343
69Switzerland 1,316
70Lebanon 1,264
71Costa Rica 1,133
72Dominican Republic 1,124
73South Africa 1,083
74Guinea 1,076
75Chad 1,051
76Burkina Faso 965
77Oman 948
78Zambia 894
79Ecuador 877
80Turkmenistan 861
81Libya 789
82Jamaica 766
83Sudan 744
84Bolivia 659
85Venezuela 632
86Mozambique 630
87Côte d'Ivoire 623
88Burundi 610
89Sierra Leone 599
90Timor-Leste 582
91Mongolia 479
92Montenegro 445
93Mali 429
94Palestine 350
95Fiji 285
96Haiti 257
97Jordan 244
98Slovenia 195
99Samoa 179
100Nicaragua 173
101Guinea-Bissau 163
102Panama 155
103Papua New Guinea 154
104Saudi Arabia 118
105Iraq 106
106Guyana 92
107Honduras 83
108Belize 56
109Luxembourg 48
110Puerto Rico 48
111Bhutan 43
112Suriname 37
113Trinidad and Tobago 35
114Tonga 11
115Tuvalu 4

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