The first pollen of willow, hazel initiate a recovery of the spring which is usually complete in mid-March
The first half of April, crops of dandelion and cherry in the hills of Tortona and Alessandria’s plains, allow a full development of families and depending on the year, they create a fine spingy mixed flower honey.
The month of May instead is totally dedicated to our main crop: acacia. Area of hills with a long and stepped flowering, shorter and accelerated crops in the plains of Alessandria and Lombardy, “the last acacia” of the Ligurian-Piedmont Apennines, allow us to “follow” this flowering, often performing two crops per apiary. Between late May and mid-June is the time for clear and fragrant mixed flower honey, composed mainly of lime nectar and tree of heaven.
Back on the road from plains to Apennines, hives face immediately after, the flowering of chestnut on altitude ranging from 400 to 750mt. A high protein and nutritious pollen, combined with a good nectar flow, makes the bees live a “second spring” that turns into an explosion of bees and broods.
In early July, finally, the honeydew of Metcalfa that we collect in the areas of Asti and Cuneo and lasts until late August, closes a long and tiring productive season.