ethereal to the nose, with notes of fresh white flowers and snow; notes of alpine herbs and watermelon rind; at times the presence of wild thyme. sweet, intense, full, with a finale of virgin wax.honey made from r. ponticum has been known since antiquity as the “honey of folly”; but have no fear: ours is well balanced!
by territorial overlap and tradition, it is paired with whole milk mountain cheeses, or used in the mix for cheese canederli and to lessen the acidity of sauerkraut.
in the kitchen
for well balanced gastronomic contrasts like bittersweet or salty-sweet. to glaze or candy acid fruit. just before serving, mixed into vegetable or cheese risotto with the butter. in marinades for freshwater fish. dissolved in water, then frozen and shaved, for an ethereal granita. - View the recipes
altitude range: 1400-2300m
bloom period: june - july
shrub of the ericacee family, typical of the alpine landscape, growing to ca. 40-90cm in height, with red flowers and green leaves with reddish undersides. it prefers the acidic soil and cold temperatures typical of high altitudes. patience and modesty are reflected in rhododendron flowers according to japanese floral lore, hanakotoba.
pollens and combinations
forget-me-not, sainfoin, raspberry, goldmoss stonecrop