In one of our vineyard there are 25 hives, too, where we host the bees. Every year, they that laboriously work along the hills and the surrounding fields give us a delicious wildflower honey. In spring, between the end of April and early May, we put inside the hives new honeycombs that will be removed out when it's time of the honey extraction. We make the honey extraction only once a year, at the beginning of August. After the honey extraction we make the first anti-varroa treatment which will be repeated during the winter. Usually, for the treatments are more effective, we should change them every year. The main substances inside this treatment anti-varroa are: thymol, eucalyptus, camphor and menthol. We make another anti-varroa treatment at the end of October and it's based on oxalic acid. All treatments on our bees are organic and non-chemical. In addition to this treatment which is essential for the bees survival, when the weather is particularly cold, we give to the bees the Candy. It's a staple food for bees that in winter season may have difficulty finding food. The Candy is a mash composed of sucrose and fructose. The result of the hard work of our bees it's a delicious wildflower honey characterised by an amber colour and a flavour not overly sweet. This is for the chestnut trees predominance in our area that with their flowers make the flavour and colour of Toppo honey distinctive.
Wildflower Honey of "Agricola il Toppo" is the perfect combination of acacia, lavender and sunflowers nectar but especially there's a clear predominance of chestnut nectar. There are a lot of chestnut trees in our area so the strong component of chestnut flower nectar gives to our honey a more intense and pungent aroma that makes it not a overly sweet honey. The honey extraction is carried out in Borgo di Toppo with traditional methods once a year, in August.
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