Honey bees play a crucial role in our ecosystem and have always been an incredible source of curiosity for human beings both for their products and for the complex family structure of this insect.
The bee hive is a “living” system in which there’re about 60,000 individuals and weighs about 40 kg. Idea that will be useful talking about nomadism.
In our area, Alba and the Langhe hill, thanks to the unique microclimate and the great variety of flowers, the bees have always been bred before fixed in one place and then in a nomadism way for a long time (they were moved using the boats on the river Po since more than 100 years). This practice is essential because it allows you to follow the various blooms allowing the bees to find always opened flowers to pick the nectar.
And this method is essential both for the quantity and quality of the honey because you can select the wildest places with a certain type of flowering plants trying to get a pure single variety honey. And it is the fact that you get a wide range of single-flower honeys that can easily classify the production of honey in the world. For example, in tropical areas, where the blooms occur randomly throughout the year the only possible crop will be a wildflower. In addition we will have a wide range of single flower honeys in zones with a great biodiversity (Italy is a worldwide point of reference talking about biodiversity).
Nomadism is a method in which you can play not only with the extraordinary qualities of the bees but also with those of the beekeeper whose job is to simplify the work of the bees and in this case he could bring the honey bees towards the idea of honey that satisfies him the most.
The result is a honey that clearly represent in an i way the different facets of the environment and, why not, of the human beings.
How to produce honey
After putting the shallow box on top of the bee hive, it will take about 7-15 days before the bees complete the small frames (usually 9) with honey. Each frame covered with a layer of wax contains about 2 / 2.5 Kg of honey.
While holding firmly the frame, with a knife (or fork) the small layer of wax is opened letting the honey free to fall.
It ‘s a unique phase and full of aromas and scents. Thereafter the frames are placed in a centrifuge which will proceed into the extraction of the honey. It ‘s important to remember that at this stage and in all the stages we’re not using any method that could involve the use of heat avoiding the alteration of the physico-chemical and sensory properties of honey.
Once extracted the honey is left in a tank to mature in order to proceed with the extraction of the last parts of wax inside it. After some days the honey, ripe, will separate from the latest pieces of wax that will emerge in a white foam. With the elimination of this foam our honey is ready to be put into jars, always with the use of a plant that does not alter the temperature of the product, working at a low temperature.