The Sidr tree, (also known as Lote tree, Christ’s Thorn, Jujube or Nabkh tree. Botanical name: Ziziphus spina-christi) is an ancient tree. The Jujube 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 to build palaces and temples.
Yemeni sidr honey is one of the most distinctive honeys in all the world. This is because it is known as a veritable cure-all that can be used to successfully eliminate a variety of ailments and diseases. It is especially advantageous for those who have not had success with conventional medical treatments, even when dealing with major health issues such as heart disease, cancer and chronic digestive issues. This honey is made by bees that have fed solely on Sidr tree nectar and usually die after making about 3 trips! The weaker bees cannot withstand the potency of the nectar of this remarkable tree, which is noted for its medicinal properties. The Sidr tree is considered to be sacred by Muslims and native Yemeni residents and has long been used as part of folk medicine in this region. Harvested just twice yearly, it is rich with antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties along with an array of potent antioxidants.
This highly resilient tree is also sacred as it is 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).