Animal products (honey, dairy products of various kinds excluding butter);
1. Product name:
Miele millefiori toscano
2. Other names:
3. Short product description:
Tuscan wildflower honey is made from numerous floral species and contains the benefits of the numerous nectars from which it is derived. It’s fluid and grainy with a sweet taste, but bitter aftertaste, and a colour that varies from greenish-yellow to blue-brown. It’s produced from May to September.
4. Production area:
5. Production status:
r disappeared r at risk r active
6. Production process:
After the combs are uncapped, an action performed at different times of the year depending on the geographical area, the honey supers are extracted from the hive and taken to the extractor room where the frames are uncapped and the honey extracted in a centrifuge. The honey is then filtered and left to settle for 15 days to draw out impurities and air bubbles, which are skimmed off.
7. Materials, equipment and premises used for production:
s Hives, honey super and wooden frames
s Tools for uncapping
s Centrifugal honey extractor
s Filters and containers for decanting (settling)
8. Notes on traditionalism, homogeneity of spread and persistence of production rules over time:
The production of wildflower honey, as with single-flower honeys, is well established throughout Tuscany, and was for a long time a supplement to a farm’s principal production activities. Honey, by nature, reflects the environment from which it is derived and distils the elements that characterise it, creating a unique and inimitable foodstuff. Each distribution areas has its own heritage of nectar essences, and therefore produces its own unique and identifiable wildflower honey. This honey is ideal for sweets and has always been considered a tonic and energy-replacing food.
Official census data from the Tuscan Regional Government shows the total annual production of wildflower honey to be around 4,000 tonnes.