Sicilian black bee Honey
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The taste of Sicilian black bee honey does not differ much from the others, but has a high content of polyphenols and antioxidants. Since black Sicilian bees are more resistant to extreme temperatures, they are able to produce honey in winter and summer at more than 40 ° C. The production of rare winter honeys such as those of Carob, Medlar and Almond is famous.
The Sicilian black bee is characterized by having a very dark abdomen and a yellowish down, it is very docile so much that no masks are needed in honey extraction operations , very productive and tolerates sudden changes in temperature. For millennia the black bee has populated Sicily but around the 70s Sicilian beekeepers began to import ligustic bees from northern Italy, and so the Sicilian bee risked total extinction, avoided thanks to the interest of the Sicilian entomologist, Pietro Genduso and his pupil Carlo Amodeo. The last clusters of Sicilian black bees were found in a beam of Carini and were kept in isolation on the islands of Vulcano and Filicudi.