The collection and production of this specific type of honey was restarted only a few years ago, because of the problems bees had with this flower, probably generated by the use of pesticides that are highly toxic to bees, applied during the seed’s curing phase.
Helianthus annuus – Fam. Compositae
Produced only in Montefeltro.
The crystallizing process of sunflower honey is very fast. When liquid, it is usually bright yellow. It darkens slightly when crystallized.
Light scent of straw, wax, pollen, cropped hay, pineapple, jam and tomato leaves.
Similar to odour characteristics, it tastes slightly herbaceous, with a refreshing sensation, reminding of melted sugar. When finely crystallized, it becomes more fruity, reminding of ripe apricots, with star anise aftertaste
The most important property of sunflower honey is that it fights cholesterol. Many researches show that sunflower honey can be an effective aid against hypercholesterolemia.