L’Aquila Apennine Honeys

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Abruzzo

Honey

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L’Aquila Apennine Honeys

A complex system of national parks and natural reserves protects 30% of the region of Abruzzo. Up in the Apennine mountains, many nomadic beekeepers move their hives directly from one protected area to another. Thanks to agricultural and livestock farming activities with a low environmental impact and the wealth of wild plant species unharmed by intensive agriculture, excellent honey can be made here.
In the area around Gran Sasso, Laga and the Sirente Velino mountains in the province of L’Aquila, two particularly interesting monofloral honeys are made from two typical mountain herbs: winter savory (Satureja montana L.) and ironwort (Sideritis syriaca L.).
Winter savory and ironwort are shrubs belonging to the Labiatae and Lamiacee family which grow in arid grassland and chalky soil at altitudes of up to 1,300 meters and 1,500 meters respectively. They flower one after the other, ironwort from May to July and winter savory from July to September. The production of honey from winter savory is rare and irregular but not insignificant in some parts of the Abruzzian Apennines, particularly around Gran Sasso. Ironwort (often confused with nettles because of its similar appearance) is common throughout central Italy and used medicinally as a decongestant.
Winter savory honey is pale amber in color, tending towards yellow-green when liquid and gray-green when crystallized. After collection, it usually crystallizes rapidly, forming a very fine structure of crystals that gives the honey a soft texture, very pleasant in the mouth. Ironwort honey, on the other hand, is very pale and stays liquid for a long time. It has a slightly floral note in both its fragrance and flavor.
As well as the monofloral honeys, an interesting multifloral honey is also made in the L’Aquila mountains, produced in the mountain pastures from beehives placed at altitudes over 850 meters above sea level. Recent studies have shown how the biodiversity becomes richer in proportion to the mountain altitude, with an extraordinary increase in the number of flowers above 850 meters (with 80 different species in the spring and over 130 in the summer). Among the most common plants are many grasses, rock roses and mints, along with white clover, blackberry and other members of the rose family, poppies, sainfoin and bird’s foot trefoil, while ivy and wild asparagus flower in the late summer. All of this means a multifloral mountain honey with unusual and very characteristic scents and flavors, delicate and floral in the spring and stronger later in the season.

Season

The flowering of the monoflorals follows one another. In July the ironwort flowers, and from July to September, the winter savory. Multifloral honey is produced all summer.

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The Presidium was established with the aim of preserving and increasing production of these unusual honeys from the Abruzzian Apennines, identifying and characterizing area by area the honeys produced at altitudes over 850 meters above sea level in parks and protected areas. Keeping this tradition alive means protecting the biodiversity of mountain pastures and recognizing the vital role that beekeepers and bees play in protecting plant biodiversity.

Production area
The three honeys are produced in the L’Aquila mountains at altitudes over 850 meters above sea level. Two specific areas have been identified for the two monofloral honeys, the L’Aquila side of Gran Sasso (for winter savory) and the Marsica area of the Sirente Velino mountains (for ironwort), both in the province of L’Aquila.

Presidium supported by
Gal Gran Sasso Velino
Producers

Allevamenti Apistici Tomassi
di Carlo Alberto Pietrangeli
Via San Giorgio, 18
Campotosto (Aq)
Tel. +39 345 9062443
carlopietrangeli@libero.it

Apicoltura Ciaccia
Via Cicivette, 70
Celano (Aq)
Tel. +39 328 8960562
apicolturaciaccia@gmail.com
www.apicolturaciaccia.it

Apicoltura Colle Salera
Via Per Prezza, 58
Pratola Peligna (Aq)
Tel. +39 333 3600083-389 1487271
collesalera@inwind.it

Apicoltura Dolce Lavanda
Via dei Mancini
Pescina (Aq)
Tel. +39 345 9775944-339 7566155
mieledolcelavanda@gmail.com
www.mieledolcelavanda.it

Apicoltura Alberto Montagliani
Via Garibaldi, 4
Aielli (Aq)
Tel. +39 338 2212839
francevilla@alice.it

Asci Miele
Via Dell’olmo, 5
Ortona dei Marsi (Aq)
Tel. +39 347 9451399
ascimiele@gmail.com

Juvencus
di Pasquale Di Leonardo
Via dell’Olmo, 11
Ortona dei Marsi (Aq)
Tel. +39 335 5827446
info@valledelgiovenco.it

Pasquale Nucci
Frazione Magnanella
Teramo (Te)
Tel. +39 380 3326251
pasquale.nucci@virgilio.it
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Giorgio Davini
Tel.+39 393 6132492
giorgiodavini@gransassolagapark.it

Producers’ Presidium Coordinator
Pietro Asci
Tel. +39 347 3286713
ascimiele@gmail.com
The Presidium was established with the aim of preserving and increasing production of these unusual honeys from the Abruzzian Apennines, identifying and characterizing area by area the honeys produced at altitudes over 850 meters above sea level in parks and protected areas. Keeping this tradition alive means protecting the biodiversity of mountain pastures and recognizing the vital role that beekeepers and bees play in protecting plant biodiversity.

Production area
The three honeys are produced in the L’Aquila mountains at altitudes over 850 meters above sea level. Two specific areas have been identified for the two monofloral honeys, the L’Aquila side of Gran Sasso (for winter savory) and the Marsica area of the Sirente Velino mountains (for ironwort), both in the province of L’Aquila.

Presidium supported by
Gal Gran Sasso Velino
Producers

Allevamenti Apistici Tomassi
di Carlo Alberto Pietrangeli
Via San Giorgio, 18
Campotosto (Aq)
Tel. +39 345 9062443
carlopietrangeli@libero.it

Apicoltura Ciaccia
Via Cicivette, 70
Celano (Aq)
Tel. +39 328 8960562
apicolturaciaccia@gmail.com
www.apicolturaciaccia.it

Apicoltura Colle Salera
Via Per Prezza, 58
Pratola Peligna (Aq)
Tel. +39 333 3600083-389 1487271
collesalera@inwind.it

Apicoltura Dolce Lavanda
Via dei Mancini
Pescina (Aq)
Tel. +39 345 9775944-339 7566155
mieledolcelavanda@gmail.com
www.mieledolcelavanda.it

Apicoltura Alberto Montagliani
Via Garibaldi, 4
Aielli (Aq)
Tel. +39 338 2212839
francevilla@alice.it

Asci Miele
Via Dell’olmo, 5
Ortona dei Marsi (Aq)
Tel. +39 347 9451399
ascimiele@gmail.com

Juvencus
di Pasquale Di Leonardo
Via dell’Olmo, 11
Ortona dei Marsi (Aq)
Tel. +39 335 5827446
info@valledelgiovenco.it

Pasquale Nucci
Frazione Magnanella
Teramo (Te)
Tel. +39 380 3326251
pasquale.nucci@virgilio.it
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Giorgio Davini
Tel.+39 393 6132492
giorgiodavini@gransassolagapark.it

Producers’ Presidium Coordinator
Pietro Asci
Tel. +39 347 3286713
ascimiele@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionAbruzzo

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