Chestnut Honey from Franca Franzoni
Rich, Robust Chestnut Honey from Tuscany
Franca Franzoni’s Chestnut Honey—collected from the chestnut forests high up in the Apennine Mountains between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna—is for the serious honey lover. This deep amber Tuscan honey shines with sweet, woody aromas and rich notes of molasses, dark cocoa and a pleasant bitterness.
How to use
Tuscan chestnut honey is stunning paired with a variety of cheeses—spoon over creamy blue cheeses like Dolcelatte Gorgonzola or St. Agur, drizzle atop fresh sheep’s milk ricotta or, for a true Tuscan experience, enjoy over fresh Pecorino Toscano with sliced pears.
This uniquely savory honey elevates both sweet and savory dishes. For dessert, try substituting chestnut honey for sugar in a classic vanilla gelato recipe or use as a garnish for silky panna cotta. On the savory side, brush over porchetta, or use as a glaze for grilled chicken, seared duck breasts or roasted quail.
About the producer
Franca Franzoni’s farm just south of Florence in the Chianti region is surrounded by acacia trees, chestnut trees and fields of wildflowers, where the bees collect nectar and bring it back to hives that Franca painstakingly maintains. Franca considers herself a partner in the bees’ efforts: aiding in the building of hives, directing foraging paths, carefully monitoring collection and movement and waiting for just the right moment to harvest the honey. Her passion for beekeeping and knowledge of the local landscape of blooms ensures that Franca’s honey is always an incredible, clean artisan product.
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