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Italian Honey

Italian Honey

Acacia Honey

The acacia or black locust ( Robinia pseudoacacia L. ) is a shrub or woody plant, belonging to the legume family, which can reach 20 meters in height. It was imported into Europe from North America in the early seventeenth century.

In Italy, the black locust has spread to all regions but the ones which consistently produces acacia honey are: Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Abruzzo and Campania.

Among the different types of honey the acacia honey is without a doubt one of the most widely known and appreciated in Italy.  The basis of its success are the main features: light-colored, liquid physical state, light taste and delicate. 
The main characteristic of this type of honey is the high content of fructose, which is the basis of the low tendency to crystallize and the high sweetening power. 

Citrus Honey

The citrus honey is one of most known and appreciated honey types throughout the world. In Italy, it is the second after the acacia honey, by its presence in the stores and by preference of honey consumers. This is due to its characteristics: light color, sweet taste and scent of flowers.  In Italy, one will find citrus honey mainly in Sicily and Calabria, but also Puglia, Basilicata, Campania, Sardinia and Lazio belong to honey producing regions.

Examples of Italian citrus honey are Clementine honey (Corsica), Orange honey (Sicily) and a mix of different citrus plants (Calabria).