Giorgio Poeta's Stachys Honey is a rare gem, harvested from the nectar of Stachys Officinalis, a member of the mint family. After harvest, the honey slowly and gently crystallizes into an irresistibly creamy texture with a milky, pale yellow color. Its aroma and flavor are distinctly herbal with notes of wild mint and thyme, and it has an elegant, almond-like sweetness.
Stachys Officinalis (common hedgenettle) is an annual medicinal plant with oblong leaves and velvety white flowers. In the hills of Fabriano, Stachys grows spontaneously on wheat stubble left behind in the fields after the mid-July threshing (in the Marche it is known as Erba della Madonna, Grass of the Madonna, or Erba Strega, Witchgrass). Stachys is Giorgio Poeta’s final, and by far most difficult harvest. If the weather is extremely hot, the flowering delayed, or the bees tired, collecting from Stachys can sometimes prove impossible. Fortunately for us, Giorgio Poeta has been able to collect this precious and unique honey!
Giorgio Poeta recommends savoring his Stachys Honey by the spoonful, or using it to sweeten teas and tisanes (herbal infusions). It makes a delicious topping for yogurt and fresh fruit. Pair with soft cheeses, such as fresh ricotta or goat cheese.