Miele di erba medica della pianura emiliano-romagnola
(alfalfa Honey , Emilia-Romagna plains)


Brief description of the product. Honey
Area of production. The honey produced on flowering alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) from hives placed in the border region between the north and the foothills hillside to the south, up to 200 m altitude, throughout the Region.
How do. The honey extraction must be performed with suitable equipment from the hygienic point of view (in accordance with applicable legislation). The extraction is carried out with centrifugal honey extractors. The honey must be purified by filtration through sand filter with a porosity of between 100 and 500 microns and then placed in containers for decanting. After the decantation, the product must be foamed and placed in appropriate sealed containers for wholesale or retail stored at cool temperature.
Should it be necessary to heat the honey for technological purposes (transfer, jars, crystallization guide) heat treatment should be limited to the time strictly required and the product temperature should never exceed 40 ° C.
A bit of history. Beekeeping is a very widespread in the ancient rural traditions of the region, between the late 800 and early 900, have set the foundations for a modern beekeeping as it is practiced today. The most important feature was the introduction and spread of rational hives in the region, ahead of the other Italian regions. Beekeeping in Emilia-Romagna is configured thus early, as farming developed. Many beekeepers operating in the region are true innovators of beekeeping techniques and materials. In Bologna is located from 1931 the National Institute of Beekeeping.
The area with the particular vocation bees, as regards the production of honey, are represented by the Apennine mountains, which gives the honey traditionally defined the ridge of the Emilia-Romagna nectar rich plants, including excel sainfoin, sulla, chestnut , blackberry, raspberry, plum and wild blueberry.
Tips. Over the years, have created and disseminated both as traditional uses of honey consumption table in the kitchen.


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