The honey consortium of Lunigiana PDO

The consortium for the protection of the denomination of protected origin “Miele della Lunigiana” was originally set up voluntarily among the honey producers of the 14 municipalities that make up the territory of the Lunigiana mountain community. (Province of Massa)

Since September 2004 the European Union has made official the granting of the recognition D.O.P. on Chestnut honey and Acacia honey produced and packaged in Lunigiana, the first D.O.P in Italy. Currently in Italy only two honeys have obtained the PDO.

La Lunigiana is a suitable environment for beekeeping because the low degree of anthropization and the very limited industrial development have preserved the natural components. The wooded area in Lunigiana constitutes 67% of the whole territory, the considerable frequency of Acacia and Chestnut, (the province of Massa is among those of Tuscany with the highest concentration of acacia woods) allows the production of the corresponding honeys with characteristics of particularly accentuated purity that are further enhanced by traditional extraction, processing and packaging procedures, as required by the strict regulations of the PDO specification.

Several producers that are members of the Lunigiana PDO honey protection consortium can also guarantee organic certification, offending on the market a high quality product with double BIO certification – PDO

The PDO protection consortium delegated the Onlus Social Cooperative “Il Pungiglione” to the processing and packaging of all the Lunigiana PDO honey. In conclusion, the Lunigiana honey deserves to be valued at institutional level for the following aspects of beekeeping:

  • Homogeneity of the territory, which it allows a constant production with important uniformity characteristics.
  • Intact natural environment, not compromised by industrialization and forced pollution, which guarantees a completely healthy final product.
  • Presence of spontaneous and cultivated crops (Chestnut and Acacia) with wide distribution that guarantee competitive productions for organoleptic characteristics and with blooms that allow safe mono-flower productions.
  • Sector development potential, evidenced by the widespread practice of nomadism from the outside of beekeeping companies, attracted by the guarantee of productions with quality and quantity characteristics.
  • Safe typing indicators, and highlighted by the Institute of Agrarian entomology of Perugia, which authorize Lunigiana honey to be considered a “unique” nationwide.
  • Spreading an international culture of bee-based quality
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    The production area
    includes 14 municipalities in the province of Massa Carrara in Lunigiana (extreme northern corner of Tuscany) .
    The characteristics
    The honey of Lunigiana can be of acacia (flowering of “Robina pseudoacacia L.”) or chestnut (flowering of “Castanea sativa M.”). Acacia is harvested from the last weeks of April to the beginning of May from the white and perfumed clusters of Acacia flowers. Acacia honey is characterized by a liquid consistency, a very light color (from transparent to straw yellow), a light smell and a decidedly sweet taste with a very slight note of acid. Chestnut honey is also characterized by for the liquid consistency, the dark amber color with reddish tones, the strong and penetrating smell, the persistent taste with a more or less accentuated bitter component. The harvest of chestnut honey takes place from the second half of June to the first half of July.
    Distinctive characters
    The Lunigiana honey is packaged in glass containers weighing between 30 g and 100 g. The label must indicate the indication Honey of Lunigiana PDO followed by the type – acacia or chestnut – with the logo of the denomination and the community symbol.
    Chemical-physical characteristics
    Content in water not exceeding 18% Content in hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF): not higher at 10 mg / kg at the time of the jelly.The honey of Lunigiana PDO does not undergo pasteurization treatments, where it is necessary to heat the honey for technological purposes (transfer, packaging) the heat treatment must be limited to the time necessary for the aforementioned operations and the temperature of the product must never exceed 40 ° C.

    Elements that prove the origin of Lunigiana honey PDO

    I am consisting of the historical references that attest to the origin and the link over time with the territory, such as the strong roots, the great weight and the specialization of beekeeping in Lunigiana; use of miel for centuries of honey in typical and traditional recipes of local gastronomy; use of other products derived from beekeeping as medicines and for the local manufacture of candles; numerous successes won by the Lunigiana honeys in important national and international competitions.

    Social and economic references such as the presence in the area of countless honey producers; For many years, resident producers have been joined by producers from other Italian regions and regions, attracted by the possibility of obtaining high quality honey.