The company is the natural result of a story of love and respect for bees: since I was a child I frequently dreamed of these small insects and in fact the early encounter with a wild swarm upset my existence.
In 1979 I bought the first hives and nowadays they are over 2000 pieces. Today the company is located in the countryside of Termini Imerese, on the slopes of the Natural Reserve of Monte San Calogero: here we extract the honeys produced by the apiaries located throughout Sicily. The climate and the extraordinary richness of the island flora allow the production of over 20 fine single-flower honeys. Among these are the very rare medlar, almond and carob honeys, deriving from typically winter blooms, in addition to ferla honeys, wildflower from Vulcano and millefiori from Lampedusa, coming from the uncontaminated blooms of the smaller Sicilian islands. Thyme, dill, lemon, Ciaculli late mandarin and prickly pear honeys are a pure expression of Sicilian land.
In addition to the honey extraction and storage laboratory, we have recently built a warehouse consisting of a cold room where the jars are stored, in order to maintain the properties of the honeys unaltered. With a view to an eco-sustainable energy supply, the energy necessary for the company’s needs is entirely produced by a photovoltaic system of about 27 kw.
Since 2008 our company is leading the project aimed to reintroduce the Siculian black bee – Slow Food Presidium in Sicily: an additional task in a long history of commitment in the safeguard of the environment and biodiversity.
All our honey production comes from the work of the Sicilian black bee, a very dark bee with gray-beige hair that has populated Sicily for millennia. The Sicilian bee is distinguished from the ligustica bee by the color as well as for the presence of smaller wings. It is very docile, so much that You don’t need masks in honey extraction operations, and it is also productive at extreme temperatures, so that You can harvest honeys in the middle of winter as well as in the hottest summer times.
After a serious risk of extinction following the indiscriminate importation of ligustic bees during the 1970s, from the following decade forward the Sicilian black bee was the subject of studies and research by the entomologist Professor Pietro Genduso, who passed on this real passion to me. In 1987, while the Sicilian bee had been considered almost extinct for years, I found three families of black bees in a beam of Carini. Professor Genduso with the help of dr. Biondo analyzed them genetically and, found to be compliant, they were transported to the island of Ustica, where there was no honey bee fauna. Later I managed to find new lines of relict Sicilian bees and settled the islands of Filicudi, Vulcano and Alicudi. Finally, in 2008, thanks to the meeting with Slow Food, the Sicilian black bee presidium was born and from this the Sicilian Apis mellifera Breeders Association.
The Sicilian black bee in purity has never been subjected by me to any productive-behavioral selection and today it’s the only bee in Europe able to survive and produce normally without any acaricidal treatment against the fearful varroa.
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