Medlar honey from Palermo

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.


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