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Organic chestnut honey of Amalfi Coast
Honey with a distinctive intense amber color and a little bitter flavour, it is the product of the many plantations of chestnut of Lattari mountains. Rich in iron it helps circulation and gives a great relief in case of sore throat.
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“Protinus aerii mellis caelestia dona esegua… Maecenas…”
“Oh Maecenas…, hereinafter I will deal with the celestial gift of the ethereal honey…”
- Virgil, Georgics Book IV
Honey has ancient origins. The term seems derive from the Hittite word "Melit" and sources attest to a great use of it in all the great civilizations in history. In ancient Egypt there are different representations of worker bees, used in the hieroglyphics as topographic representation of the kingdom. Honey was appreciated for its nutritional and medicinal qualities, for this reason it was a food reserved for pharaohs (becoming part of the funeral) and it was even offered as a gift to gods. Moreover from the work of the bees people obtained also wax, another useful product.
In Greece, the fundamental role of honey is attested in numerous writings. It was thought that honey was fallen from the heavens as a gift of gods and the figure of female Bee shared a close link
with the goddess of fertility and woods. Honey held also a social position of great importance.
Bee behavior in the choice of the caves and hollow trees to create the hives, has create the natural connection with the cult of the dead. Homer, describing the antrum of Ithaca in the Odyssey, speaks about craters and amphorae of stone where bees are placing the honey.
Over the years the religious and symbolic component of honey lacks, in favour of a more careful and organized production. Virgil, in the fourth book of the Georgics, describes in detail how to raise bees and produce their fruit. Virgil always tells the story of Aristeo, the prototype modern of beekeeper became a cult widespread in the Mediterranean area.
The plant can grow up to thirty meters high and forms a type of forest called " Castanetum " .
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|Place of production||Ravello (SA)|
|Producer||Azienda agricola "Claustrum"|
|Characteristics||Honey with a distinctive intense amber color and a little bitter flavour, it is the product of the many plantations of chestnut of Lattari mountains.|
|Tasting||Ideal for breakfast with toast or brown bread thanks to its high energy input. It is excellent with aged cheeses from six months onwards.|
About Azienda Agricola Claustrum
Claustrum is the farm of the Monastery of Santa Chiara in Ravello, in the fantastic scenery of Amalfi Coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here excellent quality products are produced following ancient recipes of the Poor Clares and, fortunately, passed down to the present day. The excellent raw materials come directly from the large garden located behind the monastery, and all the productions are completely handmade in full respect of tradition.
Traditional agricultural product . It brings all the cultural and gastronomic characteristics of a place , becoming historical evidence and ensuring the originality of the place.
Organic product. The production respects all organic rules of the EU.