Honey and beekeeping

The presence of many floral varieties on Monte Baldo and in the Lessini Mountains above Verona has made possible a rich and highly esteemed production of honey. In the area there are many hives, the production of which is differentiated according to the plants on which the bees work. The honey produced preserves the scent and the beneficial qualities of each plant. On the Baldo is produced in particular the chestnut honey, recognizable by the dark color, for the richness of pollen and the slightly bitter taste, indicated as stimulating for the circulation of the blood or as astringent for the richness of tannin. Acacia Honey, of light and transparent colour, fragrant and sweet, energetic and detoxifying and beneficial for the liver. The honey of Millefiori, the dark and classical one of the hilly and wooded areas and particularly rich in minerals and enzymes, or the plain one that comes from the flowers of meadow. The amber-coloured Hawthorn honey, which is a calming, or the yellow vivo energetic and laxative alfalfa honey, or dandelion honey, which is the yellow flower (Pisacane) that covers the Meadows in mid-April, recommended for the liver and intestines. Then we find the sunflower honey from the centre of Italy, the extremely aromatic lavender honey from Liguria, the Rhododendron honey from Trentino, the very light and quite rare rosemary honey of the Mediterranean areas, the very delicate clover honey Of the flat areas, the honey of mountain linden, Eucalyptus Honey comes exclusively from Sardinia and from Elba, the citrus honey of the south of Italy. Honey is not always liquid, the crystallization of honey is a completely normal thing and derives from the two simple sugars that compose it. If there is a prevalence of fructose, as in Acacia honey, chestnut and rosemary, honey is naturally more fluid. Most of the honeys are however richer in glucose and tend to crystallize. The honey of good quality, harvested correctly, is preserved for a long time even without being pasteurized because it does not alter and loses its power sweetener if it is not exposed to light or subjected to high temperatures.  The best honey is bought by small beekeepers who sell only the one produced by their bees. In Lazise the international Fair of Honey and beekeeping takes place every year beginning of October.