Our bees live all year around near the ancient mansion of ‘San Domenico’, which is right in the middle of the citrus groves. Abiding by the rules of organic farming and permaculture, we treat our little friends as living creatures rather than as honey producing machines for demanding human beings!
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 take only the extra honey they produce during the zagara blossom season of April and May, leaving plenty of honey in their hives so they can feed themselves during the colder months.
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.