San Gavino Monreale Saffron

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Sardinia

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San Gavino Monreale Saffron

The crocus flowers are picked by hand in the first hours of the day, when they are still closed or just barely open, then laid gently in baskets. Great care is taken not to crush them. Then comes the meticulous and delicate work of removing the stigmas, which requires skill, time and patience. The petals are opened by hand and the stigmas are removed, moistened with lightly oiled fingers and laid out to dry. They can be set out in the sun or arranged in front of a fire, but it is important that the temperature never exceeds 45°C so that the stigmas can dry slowly. Every hectare planted with the flowers produces an average of 9 to 10 kilos of dried saffron.

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Season

Flowering from late October to late November. Dried saffron can be found throughout the year.

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The Presidium saffron, cultivated and processed only within the municipality of San Gavino Monreale, is made following a strict production protocol. It is bright red in color, with a very intense aroma because of its high safranal content, and has a strong flavor. The saffron is sold in stigmas.

Production area
San Gavino Monreale Municipality, Cagliari Province

Presidium supported by
San Gavino Monreale Municipality, Sardinian Regional Department of Agriculture and Agro-Pastoral Reform
S'Argidda di Fausto Caboni
Cagliari (Ca)
Via Dante, 65 d
tel. +39 329 3718772
info@zafferanosargidda.com

Leonardo Figus
San Gavino Monreale (Vs)
viale Trieste, 52
tel. +39 070 9339530-329 2011874
leofigus.63@alice.it

Gavino Inconis
San Gavino Monreale (Vs)
Via S. Croce, 52
tel. +39 070 9337530-340 4175387
chiara222@tiscali.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Chiara Meloni
Tel. +39 070 9337530 - 340 4175387
chiara222@tiscali.it
The Presidium saffron, cultivated and processed only within the municipality of San Gavino Monreale, is made following a strict production protocol. It is bright red in color, with a very intense aroma because of its high safranal content, and has a strong flavor. The saffron is sold in stigmas.

Production area
San Gavino Monreale Municipality, Cagliari Province

Presidium supported by
San Gavino Monreale Municipality, Sardinian Regional Department of Agriculture and Agro-Pastoral Reform
S'Argidda di Fausto Caboni
Cagliari (Ca)
Via Dante, 65 d
tel. +39 329 3718772
info@zafferanosargidda.com

Leonardo Figus
San Gavino Monreale (Vs)
viale Trieste, 52
tel. +39 070 9339530-329 2011874
leofigus.63@alice.it

Gavino Inconis
San Gavino Monreale (Vs)
Via S. Croce, 52
tel. +39 070 9337530-340 4175387
chiara222@tiscali.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Chiara Meloni
Tel. +39 070 9337530 - 340 4175387
chiara222@tiscali.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionSardinia