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Organic Honey Chestnut and Propolis

Olive Points: 87pts

Price £8.75

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Weight: 250g

This organic honey with propolis comes from the flowers of Italian wild chestnut plants. Chestnut honey itself has a range of beneficial properties and is very easy to digest. Here, with added propolis extract, La Ginestra's honey makes a wonderful, natural remedy for symptons of the common cold.

With the flavour of chestnut masking the more bitter taste of the propolis this honey can also be given to children both to sooth their throats and ease coughs and according to some scientific studies, fight respiratory tract and middle ear infections. With a long history of use as a natural treatment for a wealth of health problems and as a natural immunity booster, propolis is a resin, collected by honey bees from tree buds and used to protect the hive. It contains over 150 different compounds including flavonoids, a class of powerful antioxidants.

Our producer – La Ginestra

Our honey comes from a Cooperative in Tuscany called La Ginestra, founded in 1978 by a group of young people who wanted to preserve and renew the traditions of the Tuscan countryside. Established on a farm that had been abandoned for decades, it took the name form the beautiful yellow bushes of wild broom that at that time filled the uncultivated fields.

Since 1989 the farm has been organic, using eco-compatible methods of production in accordance with EC regulations. Beekeeping is one of the farms main spheres of activity, producing 6 varieties of single flower honey from the uncontaminated pastures and woodlands of Tuscany: Acacia, Chestnut, Wildflower, Forest flower, eucalyptus and heather.

La Ginestra’s honey is produced with the organic agriculture methods that prevent the use of any synthetic products or chemicals to treat and care for the bees, plastic has also been abolished with the bees only coming into contact with wood, metal and wax. The beehives are kept in wooded areas far away from urban and intensively farmed areas where polluting factors would damage the honey.

After the extraction of the honeycombs they filter and separate to eliminate impurities and air that can sometimes remain after this process. The honey is then packed in a liquid state (after a little heating under 40 degrees if it is too dense or cold). 

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