Chestnut honey | Scoiattolo Rosso beekeeping
The chestnut plant, called Castanea sativa, belongs to the same family as beech and oak. It is a very long-lived tree: it can become secular or millenary.
The characteristics of chestnut honey
Chestnut honey tends to remain liquid, due to the strong fructose component. Any crystallization is very slow and not always regular. The color is dark amber, with reddish-greenish hues in the liquid honey; if crystallized, on the other hand, it takes on a brown colour. Both the smell and the aroma are intense: it is a slightly sweet honey, with a very persistent bitter aftertaste.
Combinations in the kitchen
Due to its unique organoleptic characteristics, chestnut honey is perfect for accompanying dishes with an intense flavour. You may have already heard of chestnut honey and cheese. In fact, it is particularly appreciated on some pecorino cheeses and, for the more gourmet palates, on some pit cheeses.
Recipes to try
Are you looking for original chestnut honey recipes to impress your guests? A typical example is the chestnut cake (or any other dessert made with the flour of the starchy fruit). The sweet potato gnocchi with gorgonzola, walnuts and chestnut honey are also excellent. Or try the ricotta and chestnut pie with pecorino fondue, balsamic vinegar reduction and chestnut honey