CARLO AMODEO AND HIS SICILIAN BLACK BEE
My business was born almost by chance, almost, because I would never have thought that from a passion and a pleasure of the palate my future could then be born and developed; and yes, because I have always loved honey and the world of bees.

So years ago, I put myself to the test and instead of buying the honey I consumed from an old beekeeper in my city, I tried to produce it myself and now I have a company with about 1500 beehives..

Amodeo ape nera sicula presidio Slow Food

The company is spread over three laboratories: one is intended for the storage of newly arrived honey filled honey from the flowering areas, for honey extraction and for the packaging of finished products, another is a real warehouse where we store hives and drawers and the third of the latest construction, with a roof completely covered with solar panels that serve to produce the energy necessary for the functioning of the cold room inserted in a part of the warehouse.

The Cell where we deposit the pallets with freshly potted honey.

The company is located in the countryside, on the slopes of the San Calogero park, while our apiaries are located throughout Sicily, as having oriented the production of honey especially towards monofloral honeys, it is necessary to find large extensions of flowers of the same species .

The energy necessary for the company's needs is entirely produced not only by the panels mounted on the roof of one of the laboratories, but also by a photovoltaic system for a total of about 27 kw, so my company has zero impact as regards the emission of CO2 in the environment.

Enrolled inregister of queen bee breeders CRA-INA Bologna
Enrolled inA.I.A.A.R. - Italian Association of Queen Bee Breeders

 

Amodeo ape nera sicula presidio Slow Food

 

  • The Sicilian bee has a greater genetic variance than any other European honey bee subspecies, this is due to its African origins. By genetic variance we mean a greater number of genes that guarantee greater reactivity than any possible problem.
  • Early development of the brood even 8 or 9 frames between December and January, this allows to have young bees, therefore greater duration and dynamism compared to ligustica and other Nordic bees, which have the block of winter brood.
  • Bee requested by greenhouse growers for the pollination of protected crops watermelons, cantaloupes, strawberries etc. being active and functional in its rusticity in the extreme situations of tunnels, where from 0 degrees at night they can follow 40 degrees during the day.rno.
  • It has been shown that in each hive only a small part of the bees comes out for bottling and of these only about 20 collect the pollen and therefore only these are able to pollinate the flower. Since the pollen is necessary for the maintenance of the brood and having the Sicilian bee abundant brood all year round, many more bees are used for the collection of pollen, this means that for the same foraging the Sicilian Bees are able to pollinate larger areas of crops..
  • The Sicilian bee has very low honey consumption, which allows for the same stocks of honey a greater probability of survival of the drawer.
  • Strong self-defense ability, in twenty-five years of work with the Sicilian bee and with the Sicula f1 it has never happened to me that an apiary or a nucleus with a queen let themselves be sacked.