In melissopalinology, the presence of Hedysarum pollen is considered an index of the Italian origin of honey, and until a few years ago single-flower honeys from sui were produced abundantly in almost the entire peninsula, from the Romagna Apennines to Sicily.
Today this production is very limited, limited to the hilly areas of the regions where the cultivation of this species has been maintained (Abruzzo, Molise, Calabria, Sicily).
Outside the Italian territory, the production of single-flower honeys from sui is known only in North Africa.
The characteristics of this type of honey, similar to that of other legumes, are generally appreciated (light color and delicate smell and taste), but the monospecific denomination does not increase the value of the product and is therefore more commonly marketed under the generic denomination.
- Gluten Free
The "Il Pungiglione" Cooperative has its roots in the Papa Giovanni XXIII Community Association, founded by Don Oreste Benzi and, since the beginning of its history, has focused on the quality of the products of the honey supply chain combined with the quality of the social recovery of disadvantaged people , especially those who come from the penitentiary system. The quality of the products is guaranteed by numerous certifications, certificates and awards and is obtained through particular attention to every single detail. The cooperative works organically the various bee products: honey, honeydew, royal jelly, wax and propolis. Recently, as regards the chestnut and acacia honeys produced in Lunigiana, the unique DOP recognition in Italy was obtained by the European Union.
With the cooperative il Pungiglione the Associazione Comunità Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII therefore demonstrates the possibility of making beekeeping a means of social reintegration, therapy and work.
The people in difficulty employed in Boceda come from various residential structures and in particular from the Casa Famiglia San Francesco di Castagnetoli, a reality that can accommodate about twenty people, including the couple's family who live constantly on the spot and guarantees human warmth to welcome and authority to support the development of individual potential. Rinascere is a project for the prevention and reduction of social hardship with good success rates, born thanks to the collaboration of volunteers and supported by local authorities.