The Lunigiana Honey joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PDO (protected designation of origin) that was released October 23, 2004.
Being a product PDO certification requires that the entire production process should be made in the Tuscany region.
The area in the production, processing, preparation and conditioning of the Lunigiana Honey PDO covers approximately 97,000 hectares in the province of Massa-Carrara.
The area of ​​the production area is made up of a single body and corresponding to all the territory of Lunigiana Mountain Community whose geographic boundaries coincide almost entirely with those made by the watershed mountain bordering the Lunigiana from the other
Of the many species present in the territory of Lunigiana, especially Acacia and Chestnut have assumed a high importance for beekeeping.
The Acacia honey Lunigiana PDO is maintained for a long time and clear liquid, and is therefore in this state throughout the marketing period. May arise in the murky for the foundation of crystals without reaching a complete crystallization.
The color is very clear, from almost colorless to pale yellow. The smell is light, little persistent, fruity, candied, similar to that of the flowers. The flavor is very sweet, with slight acidity and without bitterness. The aroma is very delicate, typically vanilla, very persistent and no aftertaste. The consistency is more viscous, depending on the water content.
Honey of Lunigiana chestnut PDO is maintained for a long time in a liquid state. It then presents in this state throughout the period of the marketing. But it can present a very delayed and incomplete crystallization. The color is dark amber, often with reddish hue. The smell is strong and penetrating; persistent flavor with bitter component more or less pronounced and aftertaste by characters similar to those of the odor.


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