Honey from the UAE’s National Tree

With UAE National Day approaching, we are focusing on our honey from the UAE’s National Tree.

The Ghaf tree, also known as Prosopis Cineraria, is a small, thorny tree native to dry climates, such as the Middle East.  It was declared the UAE’s National Tree in 2008 and chosen as a symbol for the Year of Tolerance in 2019 to represent peace and stability, just like in its desert environment.  In some regions, it is known as the Tree of Life.


Honey derived from the nectar and pollen of the Ghaf blossoms is delicious and sweet.  It is usually a light amber colour and has a caramel-butterscotch flavour.  It is delightful on its own if you need a sweet start to your day or a pick-me-up after lunch.  It pairs well with pastries and Arabic bread and is a perfect sweetener for teas and coffees.

When celebrating all things local, our Emirati Ghaf honey is a must!  Why not try the recipe below to bring the festive season together with National Day celebrations.

Baked Brie with Honey and Thyme

  • Place a whole wheel of Brie in a small casserole dish, cast-iron skillet or simply wrap in tin foil with the top open
  • Pop in a preheated oven at 180°C until it is warm and beginning to melt
  • While the Brie is heating, mix the Emirati Ghaf raw honey, chopped walnuts, cranberries and fresh sprigs of rosemary
  • Once the brie has warmed and softened, remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt, then top with the honey-nut mixture
  • We love to serve on a board with a selection of breads, crackers, and other cheeses. You can also add grapes, apple slices, and dried fruits.  A quick, easy and delicious way to impress guests!