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Italian honey collection

Italian Acacia Honey : (Robinia pseudoacacia): Italian  acacia honey changes in flavor and color according to the production micro-zone (it is often frequent the difference, even substantial, of honey produced in apiaries a few hundred meters away from each other). The most suitable territories for the production of Tuscan acacia honey are the Valdarno (Aretine and Florentine) and the areas of Altopascio, Pistoia and Lucca. The color of the acacia honey collected in the aforementioned areas is very clear / yellow white and has a very delicate sweet taste with a vanilla aftertaste. The honey produced in the foothills or mountain areas (above 1000 m above sea level) tends to become more yellow and has a slightly more marked taste due to the lower purity of the acacia monoflora crop. The organic certification of acacia honey obliges the producer to place the beehives away from highways and high traffic roads where acacias are usually present as plants that have become pests today. CAUTION: Acacia honey produced along highways or heavily trafficked roads may contain heavy metal residues from automobile exhaust.

Italian Alpine Flowers Honey : The wildflower honey from Alps region; the taste and the characteristics are very much affected by the production area and the selection of the flowers by the producer: the beekeeper can produce various types of wildflower honey choosing which flowers to have bees bottled and in which epochs extract the honey from the combs in the hives. The color of  Alpine flower honey varies from white to yellow, from amber to light brown to dark brown. The honey that is extracted only once a year after all the blooms is a very fine wildflower. In addition, wildflower honey is the most complete honey type from a nutritional point of view. In the Alpine foothills or mountain areas where chestnut trees are present, the wildflower brings with it the slight bitter taste characteristic and the scent that the chestnut nectar gives to honey. The production of certified organic wildflower honey takes place away from sources of pollution and usually in wooded areas.

Italian Chestnut Honey: Chestnut honey is generally produced from 5-600 meters above sea level. It is the classic mountain honey and, due to its bitter taste given by tannic substances, it is not easy to compare the variation of taste from area to area. The production extends from the Tuscan Apennines to the Antiappennino. The color of chestnut honey varies depending on the presence of honeydew. Generally the color is on the shades of red.

Italian Eucalyptus Honey :The eucalyptus is a plant widely cultivated in south of Italy. In recent decades, production has increased. Eucalyptus honey is very popular in the north and abroad and little considered in the center-south. Despite the extensive eucalyptus plantations in Tuscany, not every year it is possible to produce eucalyptus honey. This is due to the climate too dry or due to the presence of honeydew that "pollutes" this type of honey. Producing organic eucalyptus honey in Italy is very rare due to the lack of certified organic eucalyptus crops.

Italian Honeydew Pine Honey: Honeydew honey comes mainly from the sugar emissions of aphids or from the natural oozing of some resinous plants (mainly Pines). Honeydew production is not possible every year and varies depending on the climate and the presence of aphids or not. The flavor is intense and fresh.

Italian Coriander Honey: Italian Coriander honey is produced in autumn. The flowering of ivy for bees is the last significant source of pollen and nectar before winter. Ivy honey is a supply for bees that are difficult to use due to their high glucose content. This type of honey crystallizes finely in a few days or a few hours depending on the ambient temperatures.

Italian Arbutus Honey (Straberry Tree honey): Arbutus honey (Strawberry tree honey) is very rare and difficult to produce in Tuscany. The Arbutus (Strawberry tree) blossoms in late autumn / early winter. Its sour and pungent taste is not easily forgotten. Arbutus honey (Strawberry tree honey) is one of the finest and most expensive honeys in Italy