It’s all honey and roses in Taif this season

Updated 28 January 2013
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It’s all honey and roses in Taif this season

Apart from its enchanting roses, Taif is famous for its natural honey. The honey produced in the region is considered one of the best varieties in the Kingdom.
The honey is harvested in abundance after the rainy season when farms and hills have plenty of flower bearing trees and plants.
Apiculturists bring in their product in every morning for auction at the market. "Wild honey from trees on high mountains is white, while the honey produced in plains is brownish,” the chairman of the Taif Apiculturists Society Maqboul Talha said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.
Honey is harvested both in summer and winter seasons in large quantities. He added that in winter, the main source of honey is plant flowers.
Apart from local residents, tourists also buy the pure honey from local markets.
More than 150,000 hives are producing approximately 500 tons of high-quality honey per season in Taif. While 85,000 hives are traditional, 15,000 hives are grown using modern technology.
It is also estimated that 50,000 hives are grown in small trucks that move about looking for favorable breeding locations and markets.
Local women use honey to cook various dishes and sweets such as Qurs Millah, Qurs Al-Mujrifah, Husaisah, Al-Maasub and Al-Areekah, among many other items.


Han Solo’s ‘Return of the Jedi’ blaster sells for $550,000

Updated 24 June 2018
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Han Solo’s ‘Return of the Jedi’ blaster sells for $550,000

  • The faux weapon, mainly made of wood, had been put on display in New York by Julien’s Auctions last month after more than 30 years tucked away in the belongings of James Schoppe, art director of “Return of the Jedi”
  • Martin Nolan, the auction house’s executive director, said Schoppe, an Oscar nominee for his work on the film, finally decided to part with Solo’s gun and about 40 other items from the movie, including an Ewok axe and plans for Jabba the Hutt’s ship

WASHINGTON: In the wildly popular “Star Wars” films, Han Solo once told a lightsaber-wielding Luke Skywalker: “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
That was the case when one of the blaster pistol props used by Harrison Ford in “Return of the Jedi” (1983) went under the hammer, selling for $550,000 — topping the $450,000 previously fetched by Skywalker’s lightsaber from the first two films.
“SOLD for $550,000! An original Han Solo blaster used in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi!” Julien’s Auctions announced on Twitter Saturday.
The faux weapon, mainly made of wood, had been put on display in New York by Julien’s Auctions last month after more than 30 years tucked away in the belongings of James Schoppe, art director of “Return of the Jedi.”
Martin Nolan, the auction house’s executive director, said Schoppe, an Oscar nominee for his work on the film, finally decided to part with Solo’s gun and about 40 other items from the movie, including an Ewok axe and plans for Jabba the Hutt’s ship.
The Ewok axe went for $11,250, while another blaster prop from the film fetched $90,624, according to Julien’s Auctions.
But none of the props were a match for the space saga’s much-loved droid: last year, an R2-D2 used in the making of several “Star Wars” films sold for $2.76 million at auction in Los Angeles.