Men look at honey combs formed inside a wall in a house in Swat, Pakistan. Honey is a staple in many diets, considered sacred and is mentioned repeatedly in the Koran. 2003
 

 

Honey boxes are kept throughout central Asia, and since honey is mentioned so often in the Koran, tending boxes is considered a somewhat sacred act. In recent years, smugglers transported money, arms and drugs out of Afghanistan and Pakistan in honey barrel false bottoms. Pure honey is valued over honey diluted with sugar water, and is tested by merchants and buyers who put a drop in their eye before purchasing; honey with added sugar will burn the eye, pure honey will not.
 

A beekeeper moves his honey boxes from pasture to pasture according to the blooming of nearby trees. 2003
 

 

Honey boxes are kept throughout central Asia, and since honey is mentioned so often in the Koran, tending boxes is considered a somewhat sacred act. In recent years, smugglers transported money, arms and drugs out of Afghanistan and Pakistan in honey barrel false bottoms. Pure honey is valued over honey diluted with sugar water, and is tested by merchants and buyers who put a drop in their eye before purchasing; honey with added sugar will burn the eye, pure honey will not.
 

 

Honey boxes are kept throughout central Asia, and since honey is mentioned so often in the Koran, tending boxes is considered a somewhat sacred act. In recent years, smugglers transported money, arms and drugs out of Afghanistan and Pakistan in honey barrel false bottoms. Pure honey is valued over honey diluted with sugar water, and is tested by merchants and buyers who put a drop in their eye before purchasing; honey with added sugar will burn the eye, pure honey will not.
 

 

Honey boxes are kept throughout central Asia, and since honey is mentioned so often in the Koran, tending boxes is considered a somewhat sacred act. In recent years, smugglers transported money, arms and drugs out of Afghanistan and Pakistan in honey barrel false bottoms. Pure honey is valued over honey diluted with sugar water, and is tested by merchants and buyers who put a drop in their eye before purchasing; honey with added sugar will burn the eye, pure honey will not.
 

A beekeeper checks his bee boxes in rural Afghanistan. Typically, beekeepers live in tents among the boxes and move with them from field to field. 2003
 

 

Honey boxes are kept throughout central Asia, and since honey is mentioned so often in the Koran, tending boxes is considered a somewhat sacred act. In recent years, smugglers transported money, arms and drugs out of Afghanistan and Pakistan in honey barrel false bottoms. Pure honey is valued over honey diluted with sugar water, and is tested by merchants and buyers who put a drop in their eye before purchasing; honey with added sugar will burn the eye, pure honey will not.
 

A man sells honey at a roadside stand between Peshawar and Islamabad, Pakistan. Honey is a staple in many diets, considered sacred and mentioned repeatedly in the Koran. 2003
 

 

Honey boxes are kept throughout central Asia, and since honey is mentioned so often in the Koran, tending boxes is considered a somewhat sacred act. In recent years, smugglers transported money, arms and drugs out of Afghanistan and Pakistan in honey barrel false bottoms. Pure honey is valued over honey diluted with sugar water, and is tested by merchants and buyers who put a drop in their eye before purchasing; honey with added sugar will burn the eye, pure honey will not.
 

For nearly thirty years, this beekeeper has tended honey boxes in the outskirts of Kabul in the Shamali Plain. Heavy rocket fire has speckled the barn with bullet holes. 2002
 

 

Honey boxes are kept throughout central Asia, and since honey is mentioned so often in the Koran, tending boxes is considered a somewhat sacred act. In recent years, smugglers transported money, arms and drugs out of Afghanistan and Pakistan in honey barrel false bottoms. Pure honey is valued over honey diluted with sugar water, and is tested by merchants and buyers who put a drop in their eye before purchasing; honey with added sugar will burn the eye, pure honey will not.