a honey closely linked to its land of origin, as its name indicates, reminding us of the beauty of a land known the world over for its environmental legacy and botanical variety. the specificity of the honey comes from its production area, in the low hills of the township of capalbio, with the mediterranean sea just a few kilometers off. the plant life is typical of the mediterranean. in the spring the brassicacee bloom, especially canola, and the orchards and drupacee are among the first flowers available to the bees. legumes follow the rhythm of the seasons, especially french honeysuckle, then it is the turn of the acacias and wildflowers, followed by sunflowers and compositae. the season concludes with eucalyptus and sticky fleabane, which is also called woody fleabane because of its shrublike structure, which makes it more drought-resistant than most other plants.the bees aren’t picky, they plunder everything available, and we collect the honey at the end of the season, a truly precious natural blend.
accompaniments: with salt-free bread and extra virgin olive oil for breakfast, pecorino cheese and autumnal vegetables, kale, broccoli raab and bitter chicory, leeks and onions.
in the kitchen
the local specialties are its favorite pairings, it serves as a base for sautéing vegetables in acqua cotta, in marinades with garlic and spices for game, especially wild boar, or with a good black pepper on grilled lamb.
“A noble ingredient” to be used in all culinary preparations, traditional as well as innovative.
Andrea Paternoster’s dream is to capture the unique essence of each variety of flower. A nomadic beekeeper, Andrea travels with his bees throughout Italy, carefully following the flowering seasons of dozens of different types of flowers, to produce a beautiful variety of monofloral honeys whose flavors capture the essence and uniqueness of each flower. Key to his art is being in harmony with the bees and his ability to follow the natural cycles and the myriad of blossoms as they play out along the Italian peninsula’s climatic and geographical differences.
Mieli Thun Monofloral Honeys are produced without pasteurization or additives. In this way Andrea is able to capture the pure fragrance and flavor of each flower species in the respective honey.