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Asphodel is a flowering plant that resembles a lily, native to the Mediterranean (its leaves are also the ones often used to wrap burrata!). Ancient Greek legend has it that the underworld’s Asphodel Meadows are where average souls were sent - but this honey is anything but ordinary! With a warm golden color, Sardinian beekeeper Luigi Manias’s raw asphodel honey has a complex herbal and floral aroma and a subtly spicy flavor with notes of fennel and cinnamon.  

Like all honey, this miele di asfodelo has both homeopathic and culinary uses. It is considered a treatment for coughs and sore throats, and is the world’s oldest sweetener. Stir it into warming tea or hot chocolate in the winter, drizzle it on fresh summer fruits, or pair it with your favorite fresh or aged cheese.

And if you’re into the DIY thing, we love using Luigi Manias’s asphodel honey to sweeten our own homemade almond milk with Gustiamo’s Noto almonds. Just remember to tell your friends that Italian tradition made almond milk great before Brooklyn coffee shops made it trendy.

Sometimes asfodelo honey crystalizes. Crystalization is totally normal and natural; actually, it is a sign of an excellen-quality raw honey. If your honey is crystalized but you'd prefer it to be liquid, just gently heat it up in a bain-marie and stir until it transforms into liquid.

Its rich vegetation and lack of pollution make Sardinia the perfect honey-producing region – it is believed that beekeeping has been a tradition on the island since at least the 17th century.

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