Chestnut honey


Chestnut Honey is surprisingly tasty. It is harvested between June and October. It is very peculiar, since it has an aromatic sent and a definitely complex flavour.

Furthermore it has another unmistakable feature, since it pairs beautifully to several food and dishes, making every bite unforgettable.

Let’s get to know better the Chestnut honey

Chestnut honey, and in particular Lazzaris’ one, comes from Castanea Sativa Mill., the tree from which we can also gather chestnuts. It is a very common plant in those environments characterized by a continental climate: in the neighbourhood of our territory, the Veneto region, it is found especially in the nearby region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.


Let’s come to its flavour: its main feature and its strong suit, is a strong bitter taste, quite distinctive, as honey is a typically sweet preparation. What happens when we taste it? The palate is first enveloped by a sensation of sweetness, which then leaves room for a persistent aromatic and bitterish flavour.

Colour and texture

As concerned its texture and colour, chestnut honey is one of a kind. Its nuances vary from yellow to brown, up to black, thus presenting itself with amber, dark and intense tones. As for the texture, it is rather liquid: this characteristic is due to the generous amount of fructose, which contributes to the non-crystallization, which can happen to wildflowers honey instead.

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Properties of chestnut honey

In addition to being famous for its peculiar taste, chestnut honey is also known for its beneficial properties.

Chestnut honey: benefits

Chestnut honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties  and they are usually greater than those we can find in other types of honey characterized by a lighter colour and a more delicate flavour. Among other properties, we can also name the antimicrobial one. Finally, we can mention its iron content, which is higher than other types of honey.

Chestnut honey in cosmetics

Chestnut honey is also used in cosmetics: thanks to its emollient and moisturizing qualities, it is used as ingredient in the creation of body creams and hair products.

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Uses in kitchen and pairing with cheeses

In Lazzaris we recommend to pair chestnut honey with delicate soft cheeses, but also with a board full of mature cheeses: this combination will enhance its bittersweet notes, thanks to the extraordinary contrast that will be created with the flavour of the cheese.

In addition to cheeses, we suggest you to try chestnut honey with meat, especially with game: a combination that will amaze you with every bite!