Bee Pollen’s Superpowers

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Had Hippocrates just had a spoonful of bee pollen when he stated this? We are quite positive. From antioxidant properties to benefits in reducing stress and helping focus, it has been used since ancient times as an exceptional dietary supplement and natural medicine. That’s what…

How to Use Bee Pollen

A quick Google search for “bee pollen recipes” won’t yield much in terms of gastronomic interest. Unless, perchance, you’re looking for listicles of smoothie bowls or pollinated protein bars.  Luigi Manias’ bee pollen is so much more than a gimmicky garnish. And while we certainly agree that nothing elevates a bowl of granola quite like…

Peaches with Honey, Sea Salt, and Basil

We don’t recall how or when we came to know this uncomplicated yet astonishing recipe. Over time, it has simply become part of the Gusti summer repertoire. When yellow peaches are in season, we love cooking them with Eucalyptus honey and fresh basil leaves. Then, to unlock all the flavors of these syrupy, aromatic peaches,…

Corbezzolo Honey: “A Honey that isn’t Sweet”

“A honey that isn’t sweet” sounds like an oxymoron, but somehow it’s possible with Corbezzolo honey. One of the world’s rarest honeys, Corbezzolo comes from the flowers of Corbezzolo trees, known as wild strawberry in English. These trees grow across the Mediterranean basin, and are super abundant in Sardinia. Our honey producer Luigi Manias is a…

The Health Wonders of Raw Honey

Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibiotic! The list of honey’s beneficial properties could go on and on. But, does all honey have an equal benefit for our health? Oh, no. As honey producer Luigi (the guy in yellow) points out, honey is good for you as long as it’s pure and free of contaminants. In fact, Luigi’s honey…

Corbezzolo Honey Tasting with Luigi Manias

Corbezzolo honey is having a moment. A rare, valuable and very bitter nectar, as the online magazine Already Viral calls it, there are many factors that make this quintessential Sardegna honey so special. To mention one, Corbezzolo trees only flower at a particular time of year if the weather conditions are right. They need summer…

In Ales, Sardegna: a honey dinner

Luigi Manias is our honey guru and the beekeeper we’ve been working with since the very beginning of Gustiamo. He’s an inspiring intellectual who is considered one of the world’s experts on everything bees and honey. While traveling around Sardegna for Carnival celebrations (did you follow our Sardegna food tour?) we spent quite some time…

In Sardegna Honey Can be Bitter

Corbezzolo, the rarest Honey Made by our sage beekeeper Luigi Manias in Sardegna, this is an unconventional honey. Corbezzolo is a Mediterranean wild strawberry tree that is rich in arbutin, a naturally occurring substance that gives Corbezzolo Honey a distinct bitterness. That’s right, this honey is bitter. Corbezzolo trees bloom for three months a year,…

Gustiamo Goes To Sardegna

Summer or Fall, rain or shine, the Gusti Team travels to Italy. We never stop learning from our farmers and food makers, and we do it the old-fashioned way: in person. We just came back from Sardegna, and we are eager to show you how the Gusti producers are doing during the busiest period of…

Raw Honey

Raw Honey from Sardegna  Luigi’s honey is raw! Perhaps we don’t say that enough. Lately, we’ve had a lot of people asking us about it. Our honey is made by Luigi Manias in Ales, Sardegna and it is as raw as honey gets. Raw means that the honey is removed very gently from the honeycomb and jarred. It is unheated, unpasteurized,…