Let’s talk about the miraculous species of organism known as Apis mellifera. Bees. The kind that make honey.
Luigi Manias, beekeeper and native of Sardegna, tells us that bees have a way of concentrating elements found in their environment.
That actually explains a lot.
It explains why corbezzolo honey is so bitter, even if the corbezzolo fruit is so sweet. It’s the bees; they concentrate the arbutin, a bitter substance which is naturally found in the corbezzolo plant’s flower.
It also explains why bees can make creepy blue honey after eating M&M’s.
And, it explains why Luigi Manias says that he will never eat USA made honey. Whoa. Hold up. There is a lot of good honey in the USA! No?
Luigi says that while there is lots of well-intentioned honey in the USA, the research he trusts shows that every honey in the USA (even “organic” honey) has traces of glyphosate (aka RoundUp, aka Monsanto). In fact, bees are able to concentrate pesticides and other toxic elements which can then live in their wax for decades.
All of Luigi Manias’s honey is certified organic. Actually organic. No glyphosate. Luigi has tested his honey and it is clean. His bees live in the rural hills around Ales, Sardegna. “Pristine” doesn’t even begin to do it justice. The multitude of untouched Mediterranean flora surrounding his beehives is overwhelming. You don’t need to be a scientist to see the biodiversity and goodness on the island of Sardegna. In fact, Sardegna is known to have one of the oldest populations of people in the world. As in, the people live a long time. It’s not hard to believe.
All of this biodiversity and goodness is concentrated into Luigi’s honey by his magnificent bees. It is a privilege to eat this honey everyday for breakfast, in yogurt or on toast. For breakfast, we prefer asphodel!