Chestnut honey is harvested in July in the area surrounding the Lake Orta beneath mount Mottarone. The signal announcing the arrival of this bitter nectar is the pollination filling the honeycombs with golden pollen.
Plant: Castanea Sativa
Fragrance: persistently aromatic slightly tangy
Color: dark amber with red nuances
Taste: characteristically bitter sweet and balsamic with overtones of cocoa beans and tobacco, tannic.
Crystallization: doesn’t crystallize
Tips for use: interesting contrast with a sweet cheese like fresh ricotta but gives its best with a more seasoned cheese. Very nice with black tea, or a non fruity red.
Can be used in cakes or with yogurt.
But the evergreen is a slice of rye bread with butter and honey.