A very distinctive honey, distinguished from all other honeys in that it is not derived from the nectar of flowers but from honeydew. Honeydew is produced by insects that feed on the sap of trees (Linden, Oak, Chestnut, etc.) from which they draw their nutritive substance. The bees use the honeydew honey in large quantity, producing a honey rich in minerals that is less cloying in flavor over the more common sweet honeys. Its caramelized flavor is ideal for adding to coffee, thanks to its lower sweetening power, and is also a great match with cheese on toasted bread, natural yogurt, or a bowl of oatmeal in the morning.
Founded in 1958, Frantoio Franci is located in Montenero d'Orcia, a small hilltop town on the slopes of the Amiata Mountains overlooking the splendid valley of the River Orcia. In that year the brothers Franco and Fernando Franci purchased the famous Villa Magra olive grove, proceeding to transform the old barn into an oil mill where they continue to produce some of the most outstanding oils in Tuscany today. Winning prestigious awards year after year from the likes of the Slow Food Guide, Flos Olei, and the Maestri Oleari, the most prestigious international olive oil competition, Frantoio Franci continues to honor their commitment to producing true, genuine quality extra virgin olive oils without compromise.