The Il Ciocco honey brand products are the direct result of Dr. Pescia’s Beekeeping. In May of every year, prior to the flowering of the acacia tree (the chestnut tree begins flowering in June), Dr Pescia brings his beehives consisting of 50 apiaries, each of which will host nearly 50,000 honey bees, to our Il Ciocco location where they will remain until September.
Here, surrounded by nature and far from any source of pollution, the honey bees produce a variety of high quality honey that is derived from mono-floral selections.
- Acacia Honey: a light and clear honey with a delicate floral taste,
is very fragrant and made from nectar collected from the blossoms
of a wonderfully sweet smelling white flower. It can remain in a
liquid state for a long period of time due to its high concentration of fructose.
- Chestnut Honey: is dark brown or amber in color with a potent molasses-like bouquet and flavor due to the high content of
minerals and to tannins typical of the Chestnut tree.
- Honeydew Honey: dark amber to nearly black in color with a note
of caramel taste, is rich in minerals. Its production is not annual and does not come from the nectar of blossoms but from a unique collaboration with insects. The bees are attracted to the secretions
of aphids and other insects that feed on plant sap, and they will collect the secretions, called honeydew, and process it just like nectar.