As serendipity would have it, Francesco Riccucci was born and raised in one of the most culturally and agriculturally fertile areas of Italy. For generations, Tuscany has been the epicenter where tradition and innovation converge into perfection. From Michelangelo’s paintings to perfectly aged wines and extraordinary cuisine, Tuscany never ceases to excite the senses.
Inspired by a passion for bees and exotic cuisine, Francesco launched with only two beehives and an unwavering desire to produce the finest and purest gourmet honey possible.
In keeping with Tuscan tradition, Francesco sought to replace the modern, invasive, chemically reliant harvesting techniques that produced cheap low grade honey with traditional practices. Francesco also set higher standards for Ciboreale. No invasive extractions would be used. No chemicals would be used to produce the harvest. Most importantly, bee swarms would have access to only the finest groves Tuscany has to offer.
Francesco’s efforts were met with instant acclaim. Our Acacia Honey won 1st place in the category at the "Roberto Franci" award in Montalcino, the most prestigious Italian competition which annually awards the best honeys. Ciboreale has also been thoroughly reviewed and given an organic seal of approval by Suolo e Salute s.r.l. in Italy and by the USDA in the United States.