The Sicilian Black Bee subspecies produces as many as 21 monofloral honeys, with countless benefits.
The native black Sicilian bee is a rebel: it has inhabited Sicily for millenniums, never surrendering to genetic conditioning. Carlo Amodeo’s farm has preserved the black Sicilian Bee, since three families of it were discovered in Carini, province of Palermo, in 1987. Whereas Amodeo never interferes with nature, he does eliminate the weakest or simply diseased families by means of an accelerated natural selection. Amodeo produces 21 types of monofloral honey and provides beekeepers with about 4,000 swarms for pollination and 1,000 swarms with queen bee, in addition to raising queen bees and producing fresh pollen, propolis and beeswax cream.
The native Black Sicilian Bee honey
The native Black Sicilian Bee honey is renowned for being the most antioxidant honey in the world. It is three to ten times more nutritious than any other honey. It contains four antifungal substances and has anticarcinogenic and antibacterial properties. It may even be considered an elixir of life. Amodeo’s intent is to create a consortium of beekeepers that would allow to distribute the wide array of the beehive products and to analyse the monofloral plots before commercialisation, in order to manufacture the best honey, at the same time providing its nutritional values, as well.
The native Black Sicilian Bee
The native Black Sicilian Bee is a descendant of the Apis mellifera intermissa, indigenous to North Africa. The African Bee has a similar aspect, but a completely different behaviour. It is quite aggressive, with a lower tendency to form large families, but a higher tendency to swarm. Both the Black Sicilian Bee and the African Bee have a strong capacity in building royal cells and a significant winter hardiness. Both bees are defensive against invaders and resistant against Varroa. They usually have no tendency to pillage. The native Black Sicilian Bee is an endangered species, which must be guarded and preserved.