Legend has it that the Gods punished Crocus because of his consuming, but pure love for the undecided nymph Smilax. The gods turned the poor Crocus into a plant with graceful and precious flowers. Sometimes the origin of Saffron is attributed to Mercury, who accidentally hit his friend Crocus by throwing his disc. To remember his friend he dyed this new and grand plant with his blood.
A fascinating history
A fascinating history
Documentation proves that saffron has been grown in San Gimignano since the 13th century. Medieval sources about it are so exceptionally abundant that we can even reconstruct the location of the lands used for it. The oldest documentation even tells us which families were involved in growing and trading it....
Incredible versatility
Incredible versatility
Over the centuries, saffron’s versatility has been one of its most admired features. The crocus was used for dyeing wool and rough fabrics until the end of the 16th century. These processes were strictly regulated; cloth and wool makers had to follow stringent rules and the city government carefully monitored...
Unrivalled excellence
Unrivalled excellence
Saffron’s qualities come from three main chemical components: crocin, which accounts for its coloring effect of yellow; picrocrocin, a bitter glucoside that gives it its flavor; and safranal, which gives it its scent. By analyzing these three components, it is classified into four international product categories (according to the standard...