Abundant productions of unifloral citrus honeys are obtained in the areas of intensive cultivation of these species, in the southern and island areas.
In Italy citrus honeys of other origins are generally not imported, but the productions of Spain, Israel, California and Mexico are known throughout the world.
It is one of the most popular single-flower honeys for the intensity and finesse of the aroma.
The generic denomination of “citrus” is here preferred to the specific one (orange, lemon, clementine, etc.) both because it is impossible to discriminate the species of origin on an analytical level, and because very often it is honeys of actual mixed origin.
Furthermore, the differences between monospecific honeys of the genus Citrus are not sufficiently known and constant to allow the control of any specific denominations.
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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.