Forest honey - Made in Italy
Harvest period: august
Consistency: Honeydew Honey of Metcalfa presents a liquid and viscous consistency. It is clear at the sight, creamy and dense at the taste.
Colour: Honeydew Honey shows a warm colour, dark amber with a hint of black, almost giving a smoked shade.
Taste: To the taste, Honeydew Honey reminds of a great variety of different cereal seeds during germination. For example, barley malt flavour reflects the warm, slightly sweet and acid character of this product.
Honeydew Honey shows as well a slight bitterness recalling burned sugar, as in the French “tarte tatin”, made with caramelised apples. The slightly acid note of this product recalls “rubra”, the Italian ketchup.
Flavour: Smell and taste embrace each other in a spicy dance leading the palate towards a fruity aroma. Cooked or dried fruit as dates, figs, apples and apricots are ideal partners of the persistent intensity of Honeydew Honey, blending with its caramelised note.
produced by: Le Querce snc, reg. Vigna Granda, 2 - 10010 Azeglio (TO) - Italy
Honeydew Honey of Metcalfa is a unique product used in surprising recipes: in association with fresh and more aged cheese, salted butter on bread, but also with freshwater fish and spicy meat in oriental dishes. Thanks to its peculiar consistency, this honey is served as well with pannacotta and ice creams, and it is used to sweeten coffee and barley coffee. It is ideal in the preparation of barbecue sauces in combination with ketchup.
Sap, Metcalfa, honeydew and honey
Raw sap (in the xylem) and elaborated sap (in the phloem): the first is a mineral aqueous solution while the second transports, in an aqueous phase, the products of photosynthesis to all the plant cells. Some aphids and other parasites of Rhyncota order, such as Metcalfa pruinosa, are equipped with a sucking mouth apparatus, which allows them to feed on the elaborated sap. These insects are mostly interested by protein components and tend to get rid of sugars. The expulsion of sugar secretions leads to their accumulation on the external parts of plant stems. However, this is not a waste product! On the contrary, it is a rich nutriment for other insects, among them the bees, and it is called honeydew.