Making a living in Sardinia never was easy and that’s why there is the famous corbezzolo bitter honey (spherical panorama). During the years I used to go with my boss to ‘Apicoltura De Col Piras’ for one of the best qualities of this bitter honey made from the nectar of the corbezzolo shrub that is also known as the strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo). My boss has gone, the bitter honey remained.
The corbezzolo simultaneously shows new flowers and a matured red spiky fruit from the year before during the rainy months of October to December. With a bit of luck the bees (Apis mellifera) still feel like working and make bitter honey from the nectar of the corbezzolo flower during these colder months. Although the quality is always great, the quantity may vary considerably and the honey is therefore never cheap. I like to buy it also for my mother who doesn’t mind for sweet and can only appreciate this type of honey.
Going to the ‘Apicultura’ (zoomable collage), you drive along a country road and you may have to yell in front of the gate. First arriving are the dogs, then the cats and finally the just as friendly proprietors. They let you taste the various types of excellent honey they produce and gladly show you around if they are not too busy tending the aromatic herb gardens or the production of the honey. If you are ‘lucky’, you also meet Bruco (Caterpillar) and Violetta (Violet), the two ponies that actually own the place. They should keep the grass short, but in fact eat everything to their liking and a bit more if one does not pay attention. I only name the dried tomatoes that were not stored high enough, the delicious apricots hanging too low, the sweet violet fruits of the mulberry tree giving colour and name to white pony Violetta and also my hair, maybe not eaten, but at least grazed by black pony ‘the caterpillar’ Bruco.