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The tyme honey. Bees on the city's coat of arms

The sweet-smelling and amber "sataredda", a tyme variety, is a special honey from which its name is derivated. The kind of tyme, produced on the Iblei hills, was so famous in the classic world that Plinio in his Naturali Historia compares it with the Greek one produced on the Imetto Mount. Goddess Ibla, moreover, represented on one side of the homonymous town's coin, brings the mellarium vas and on the other side she has got a bee by the nape Honey has always been very important both when the town was on the hills and when was reconstructed on a flat land. Its coat of arms represents on the upper part of the shiels a cross and on the lower, separated by a band, three bees, at first on the hills, later on their own, open wings and golden glazed.

(source: Avola, la città esagonale)

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