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Italian Heather, or Erica, is found in typical macchia mediterrania, or shrubland of southern Tuscany. It flowers in March, when the bees transform its nectars into a thick amber coloured honey, reminiscent of fudgy caramelised barley.
A lot of honey found on the UK market is not raw honey but has been heated and processed without declaring it on the label. Some of our competitors have pasteurised honey by heating up to 70 degrees Celsius or more, followed by rapid cooling for easy filtering and bottling so that it looks cleaner and smoother, more appealing on the shelf, and easier to handle and pack.Pasteurisation kills any yeast cells in the honey and prevents fermentation, which is a concern for storing honey with high moisture content over a long periods of time especially in warm weather.
Seggiano mono varietal honey on the other hand is a completely different product not only in terms of the way it is extracted from the hive but also how it is treated, packed and but also what it looks like and how it tastes. When we say that our honey is raw what we really mean is that the honey is very close to the condition it was when it left the beehive. In other words: unheated, unpasteurised, nothing added and nothing removed.
Our Seggiano honeys are indeed raw, which by definition means, that it has not been heated to above 40 degrees centigrade. Our Italian bee keepers extract their honey from the comb through centrifugal forces as opposed to heat: this is a much slower process which takes time and hence adds costs to the final product. We are proud to sell this type of honey which customers can usually only purchase directly from the bee-keeper.
There are no strict legal guidelines for claiming and labelling honey as 'raw'. However we can prove that our Seggiano honeys are a fundamentally different product to the mass produced commercial clear, filtered and pasteurised honey available on the high street.
|Nutritional Information||per 100g|
|Energy||324 Kcal 1375 kj|
|of which saturates||0g|
|- of which sugars||80.3g|
Seggiano is the name of the small hilltop village on Monte Amiata in southern Tuscany, where Peri Eagleton and David Harrison have farmed organic olives since 1985.
Twenty years ago they started selling their local Olivastra Seggianese extra virgin olive oil and a selection of wonderful artisan foods from small family food producers. Their brand is SEGGIANO, named in honour of the village where the story started.
Grown with an uncompromising commitment to ethical ingredients and food production, healthy delicious eating and a love of simple, genuine Italian food.
With over 20 years in the business, SEGGIANO is still the choice of Real Food lovers.
It is our mission to bring you the most delicious, genuine and naturally produced speciality foods from all over Italy.
When we say handmade, we mean handmade. Our artisan food is freshly prepared in small batches using current harvest ingredients.
It not only tastes fantastic but SEGGIANO foods are gmo-free and made without artifice or the use of preservatives and industrial processing.
Our familiarity with Italian rural culture and our passion for excellent food enables partnership with the best artisan food producers of Italy.