the cultivation of saffron

In addition to vegetables, the Azienda Demetra in Perugia, which is part of Agriturismo Il Torrente, cultivates, processes and packages saffron, an ancient and precious spice, which, thanks to its many qualities, could be considered an 'elixir of life '.

Originally from the Middle East, saffron is obtained from three long orange-red stigmas within the beautiful purple flower of the crocus sativus. Whole or chopped, these dried stigmas are used for both cooking and therapeutic purposes. It is used in dishes ranging from appetizers to desserts and classic risotto. It also has numerous medicinal properties as an antispasmodic and for stomach and heart problems.

The long and difficult labour need to harvest saffron increases its cost and it is considered the most expensive spice in the world. Suffice it to say, it takes about 200,000 flowers and more than 500 hours of labour to obtain one kilogram of the spice.

For more information, and to order, please contact our farm at Tel. +39 075.694464. We do home delivery, applying the relative shipping costs.

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