This product is very important in Sardinia where the main source of nectar is the extensive blooming of the Galactites Tomentosa. Other species of Compositae spinescent, generally known as cardoons can be also involved in the production of this honey, such as the Silybum marianum which is a significant source of nectar and pollen.
The colour is amber-light, amber with orange shade and often green fluorescence when in liquid state, it is dark or light-beige with yellow or orange shade when is crystallized.
The scent, with mid-high intensity is characteristic with a strong floral-fruity tract and a somewhat “wild” flavour, of chrysantemum. The taste is usually sweet and acid with a slightly bitter tinge.
The aroma has mild intensity but definitely persistent, very fruity and floral at first and than very strong and characteristic.
The liquid honey is pleasantly thick and creamy; in the crystallized honey the consistence is compact with mid-large crystals, conglomerated and sandlike.
Characteristic of the Cardoon honey are also the interference patterns, white spots, which are actually just an aesthetic flaw due to the retraction of the crystals from the internal surface of the glass.
In addition to the properties of the honey in general, the most interesting and peculiar of the cardoon honey are its purifying properties for the liver as well as the apetite whetting.