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Coming Soon – A Savour the Sannio Culinary Adventure
The Sannio is renowned for its excellent honey. Graced with fertile land and temperate climate, the meadows and heirloom orchards of the Beneventano provide an ideal environment for busy honey bees. It comes as no surprise therefore that the Sannio is one of Italy’s largest producers of honey.
Life on Earth as we know it depends on the honey bee, Nature’s hardest working citizens. “No bees, no honey; no work, no money” the old saying goes: master ecologists, they are essential for the pollination of many fruit, nuts and vegetable crops. It is said that were the honey bee to disappear from the face of the globe, Man would quickly follow.
Little-known facts about bees:
Bees have 5 eyes, can fly at 20 mph and have two pairs of wings; an average hive can hold over 50,000 bees in the summer; the queen bee lays over 1500 eggs per day which is equivalent to the weight of her own body; losing its stinger will cause a bee to die; bees carry pollen on their hind legs; to make one pound of honey foragers must collect nectar from 2 million flowers; the average forager will make about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
What a buzz! So take the day to appreciate the product of these noble creatures while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the company of the Razzano family at their beautiful organic farm. A glorious day out for family and friends! A jar of honey makes a great gift.
10:00 – 11am –Guided visits to the beehives. We will put on protective gear and visit the bees’ waxy homes to see how they live and are cared for.
11:00 – 12 am – Take part in the process of honey-making
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Jam-Making. Over an open fire guests will be able to participate in the ritual stirring of the season’s first jams.
1:30 pm – 4 course lunch with wine.
After lunch relax in the gardens, children can have fun at the playground or visit the farm animals or visit Sant’Agata de’ Goti.
“Honey, even more than wine, is a reflection of place. If the process of grape to glass is alchemy, then the trail from blossom to bottle is one of reflection. The nectar collected by the bee is the spirit and sap of the plant, its sweetest juice. Honey is the flower transmuted, its scent and beauty transformed into aroma and taste.” – Stephanie Rosenbaum
Bees work for man, and yet they never bruise
Their Master’s flower, but leave it having done,
As fair as ever and as fit to use;
So both the flower doth stay and honey run. – George Herbert
And last but not least, a reminder: unless you want to be pollinated by bees, don’t wear perfume in the garden!
DIRECTIONS BY CAR FROM ROME
1. take the AI motorway south towards Naples and exit at CAIANELLO (125km from the Roma Sud tollgate).
2. take the SS 372 Telesina (first right) towards Benevento.
3. after 35 km take the exit for S. Agata dei Goti and Naples.
4. you will now be on the Fondo Valle dell’Isclero (call us at this point. You are about 15 minutes away)
5. Take exit for Sant’Agata dei Goti. Follow this road for about 1km and look out for the wooden sign with Ape Regina on your right.
By respecting all the speed limits the trip should take no more that 3 1/2 hours.
DIRECTIONS BY CAR FROM NAPLES take the A1 Motorway north and exit at Caserta Sud. Follow the signs for Benevento and Telese. After passing the Carolino Aqueduct, take the second exit marked Sant’Agata dei Goti. (call us at this point. You are about 5 minutes away) Follow this road for about 1km and look out for the wooden sign with Ape Regina on your right.
(Many thanks to David Traylor for the title of this event)
Watch the fascinating TED video on bees.