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Honey Black Bee made in Sicily

Honey Tasting Sicilian black bee Nature

“Mille fiori”

Pure and natural honey – by case two pack (450 gr. x 2) 900gr. “Mille fiori

Country of Origin Italy, region Sicily, Province Catania.

Steens Uniqueness: Our unique cold process extraction ensures the natural properties are retained in our honey. We control product quality from the hive to the pot, filtering out large particles of wax then the rest is yours, just as nature intended. Our honey is raw and will form a natural liquid.

Made by nature in Italy.

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                        Sicilian Honey – Black Bee

Sicilian black bee (“Apis mellifera siciliana”) has a dark abdomen, yellow down and small wings. The black bee, which had existed in Sicily for thousands of years, began to disappear in the 1970s and 1980s when Sicilian beekeepers ceased using their cane hives and  began to import bees from north Italy (most commonly, Apis mellifera ligustica, known as the Italian bee).  At this time the black bee risked total extinction, which was avoided only through the work of Pietro Genduso.  The last hives of pure black bees were found in a farm at Carini, just out of Palermo, where an old farmer had several hives and was still making honey using the ancient method.  When Davide decided to become a professional apiarist, he decided to take several hives of black bees to the Aeolian Islands of Vulcano, Alicudi and Filicudi, off the north east coast of Sicily, where they could breed in isolation without the risk of contamination by other bees. Today, the honey produced by these bees is the only Sicilian honey produced entirely by the black bee. The Sicilian bee is docile and very productive, even in hot weather (it can withstand temperatures over 40°C, when other bees stop working) and can tolerate sudden temperature changes.

The black bee is distinguished from the common Apis mellifica ligustica (the Italian honey bee) not only by its colour but its smaller wings. It is so docile that beekeepers may not need to wear masks or suits when removing honey and tend the hives.

The Sicilian bees are very productive, even at high temperatures (withstanding over 40°C) when other bees stop producing, and can tolerate sudden temperature variations. As a result it is an excellent pollinator for a wide range of plants. Honey is produced from April to July.

She Dances With 12,000 Bees on Her Body

Sara Mapelli brings new meaning to the term “queen bee” as she dances with a swarm of bees blanketing her body. While wearing the queen of the hive, Mapelli is surrounded by 10,000 bees, creating what she describes as a meditative atmosphere of movement, energy, and sound.

 

Sicilian Honey  – History and Types – Made in Italy products

History:
Beekeepers used a primitive yet effective form of hive made from stems of the giant Fennel plant (Ferula thyrsifolia) in Sicilian, Fella.

  • Iblei Mountain from flowers in the area of Hyblaean Mountains (Monti Iblei) between Ragusa and Siracusa. Takes the characteristics of the wildflower of the time of the year: In May for honey orange, in June for thistle, in August for thyme and eucalyptus, and in December producing carob)
    • Carob Ibleo – ‘Miele di Carrubo Ibleo ‘ (Ceratonia siliqua)
    • Eucalyptus Ibleo – ‘Miele di Eucalipto Ibleo’ (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)
    • Orange Ibleo
    • Thistle Ibleo
    • Thyme Ibleo
    • Ibleo Wildflower
  • Egadi from flowers of the Egadi islands and the town of Favignana
    • Heather Egadi
    • Lemon Egadi
    • Rosemary Egadi
    • Orange Egadi
    • Sulla Egadi
    • Thistle Egadi
    • Thyme Egadi
    • Egadi Wildflower
  • Honey from Madonie. Honey made from flowers of the Madonie National Park Province of Palermo
    • Citrus Honey from Madonie (honey from orange, bergamot, lemon, mandarin)
      (citrus ssp.)
    • Eucalyptus from Madonie (Eucalyptus camaldulensis Dehnh)
    • Sulla from Madonie (aka Spanish sainfoin, French honeysuckle, Sweetvetch) (Hedysarum coronarium L.)
    • Wildflowers from Madonie – ‘Miele Millefiori delle Madonie” (The wildflower honey is made from flowers from the entire territory of the Madonie Park in Province of Palermo)
  • Province of Agrigento
    • Almond
    • Myrtle
    • Rosemary
    • Thyme
    • Wildflower Honey of the Province of Agrigento – ‘Miele Millefiori della Provincia di Agrigento’ (From the Province of Agrigento mainly spring flowering of many plants in the area including citrus, fruit trees and herbs.)
  • Province of Catania – Etna’s gold: the production and the different taste of Zafferana Etnea’s honey.

    On Etna slopes there’s the village called “Zafferana Etnea”, which has the largest of this food producers’ number of Italy. In the village there are more than 800 beekeepers. The main varieties of the produced are:

    • Orange blossom (Citrus)
    • Orange
    • Eucalyptus
    • One thousand flower
    • Thyme
    • Indian fig
    • Chestnut
    • Acacia

    Not to be underestimated the production honey of cream in several flavours: hazelnut, pistachio nut, banana, strawberry, mixed berries.

    The honey production of Zafferana Etnea started since 1920 and is well-known all over the Italian territory, it is excellent for its healing properties and it is also used for the production of different typical desserts such as nougats, “mostaccioli” sweets, “zeppole” sweets.

 

Excellent example of the use of the ancient ferula hive in Sicily. Beekeeper Sebastiano Pulvirenti, one of the last fasciddari (beekeepers) and standard-bearer of traditional beekeeping in the Hyblaean Mountains. In 1970 he had about 1500 hives of made of fennel stems (know as fasceddi), which gave about three kilograms of honey each. Today, he has only a hundred fasceddi in a shelter under rock in the heart of the natural reserve of Valle Anapo, near the old railway station, Pantalica.

 

 

 

 

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