Zagara – our Honey from sicilian black bees

Our black bees live all year around at the sea garden. Abiding by the rules of organic farming and permaculture, we treat our little friends as living creatures rather than as honey producing machines: honey comes only if there is more than enough for the bees.

Unlike much modern practice today, we never move our bee hives. We allow the little creatures to collect as much nectar and pollen as their instinct tells them to, then leave them to spend Winter resting in their cosy hives.

We believe rested honeybees are healthier and happier and that their honey, therefore, is even better for us.

Anecdote: zagara is the proper name of any type of citrus flower: white, sometimes mottled, and very fragrant. Its perfume fills the hills and villages of Sicily during the months of April and May and is associated with wedding celebrations. Traditionally Sicilians shower the bride and groom with this blossom, wishing them good luck and prosperity in their new life together.

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