Astragalus honey from Palermo

  • Astragalus honey from Palermo
  • Astragalus Nebrodensis honey is a rare honey, it’s of high mountain about 1800 meters. It has a pleasant taste and reinforcing properties, it is good to sweeten herbal teas, milk, tea and cakes. In the liquid state is almost colorless, if it is pure, that is has not been polluted by higher percentages of pollen of other flowers, does not crystallize. It’s not true that all bees are yellow and black. There are also dark bees, and the Apis mellifera sicula is just one example. This autochthonous breed has populated Sicily for millenniums,...

Sowing

Being a winter honey, the almost colourless medlar honey tends to crystallize in a short period of time and turns anywhere from white to ivory. Unfortunately, it will soon become a rare honey as fewer and fewer areas are dedicated to cultivating medlar trees.

It’s not true that all bees are yellow and black. There are also dark bees, and the Apis mellifera sicula is just one example. This autochthonous breed has populated Sicily for millenniums, even though bee keeping has been progressively abandoned since the 70’s, almost risking the complete extinction of this bee. This extinction has been avoided thanks to Carlo Amodeo, the only keeper today of purebred Apis mellifera sicula.

It’s a very docile breed, so much so that masks are not required to extract the honey. It’s also very productive.

 
Harvesting

The apis mellifera sicula is a very docile breed, so much so that masks are not required to extract the honey.

It’s also very productive, even in hot temperatures above +40°C when other bees stop producing, and it reacts well to sudden changes in temperature. It also develops its brood early, between December and January, thus avoiding stopping the winter brood common to other species, and it eats less honey than other bees. The organoleptic properties of honey produced by the apis mellifera sicula are no different than those of honey produced by other bee species.

The methods used to send off the bees from the honey supers don’t include the use of any chemical substances, rather is done by a portable blower. The honey is extracted with a honey extractor using centrifugal force. The honey is purified in bag filters and then decanted in honey ripeners for at least 15 days.


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