The unique quality of the honey produced on Lake Como comes from the foraging of bees within a territory that, despite being located in the Alpine foothills, is home to an almost Mediterranean flora and a wide variety of plant species due to the mitigating presence of the lake.
Depending on the different flowers in bloom during the production period, the following types of honey are available: acacia or black locust honey, chestnut honey, lime honey, honeydew or forest honey, wildflower honey, high mountain honey, raspberry honey, rhododendron honey, ailanthus honey. The products may have significant differences in colour and aroma depending on the different nectar components. Lake Como can also thank the tireless pollination work of the bees for its rich biodiversity.
Beekeeping is also very much linked to the local culinary traditions as evidenced by the use of honey in the preparation of some desserts such as the typical sweet bread of Upper Lake Como called “Mataloch.”