Pollination by the bees occurs in April in limited areas of the Sibari plain in the eastern coastal region of Calabria to produce this bright, invigorating honey. Carrying the intense aroma of ripe clementine fruits, it is a rare creation with bracing acidity and tantalizing texture – a most sensuous experience. An opaque and spreadable honey, it carries notes of the orange family with an orange blossom finish. Reads as more unique and high-toned than the citrus which is a bit sweeter with lower base notes. Note that the spreadable honeys become liquid when they are heated up in the jar in a bath of simmering water.
Mario Bianco performed his artistry with his crew of bees in the town of Caluso, located in the northwestern part of the Piedmont, approximately 45 minutes north of Turin. From that vantage point in the Alpine foothills, Bianco and his team of flying assistants worked the flowering patterns of the local flora to produce an extraordinary variety of honeys. Sadly, Mario Bianco, our dear friend, guide and spiritual counselor, died in a tragic automobile accident at an age far too young. His work is carried on with equal fervor and talent by his son, Andrea Bianco.