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Honey

 

The flowering of the meadows and pastures in the valleys are one of the most beautiful sights of the mountains. The rhythm of nature, asleep in winter, gathers forces when the snow starts melting and the bee-hives wake up at the first signs of Spring.

The bees are the symbol of vitality, labour and energy, all qualities that we find in honey.

For centuries the mountaineers have used this precious force and conserved it for times when a supplement of vigour was necessary. Every valley has a particular vegetation which gives honey its flavour of one or more flowers.

The visitor, by simply buying a vase of honey from the Aosta Valley, can prolong the perfumes and the tastes of the mountains.

 

Honey and man.

 

Tombs, statues and wall pictures from ancient Egypt confirm that man produced honey from the bee-hives on the tree-trunks and amongst the rocks. The oldest document about honey dates back to 2700 b.C., and was found in Mesopotamia. On small clay tablets are written some medical recipes with the use of honey.

In the Roman world honey was considered a precious help to get protection from the Gods.

 

There are 320 calories in 100 grams of honey. Honey also eases the digestion of other nourishments and contains calcium and magnesium. In cuisine honey is indicated as a natural sweetener, and as an ingredient when preparing first courses and desserts