The saffron of San Gimignano (Siena) is a PDO certified product, a category which stands for protected designation of origin. It is extracted from the plant of the Crocus Savitus and it is only allowed to be cultivated in this small Sienese province.
The history of the cultivation of saffron takes us back hundreds of years, in fact, many documents have been found that testify to its intensive cultivation at San Gimignano during the Middle Ages. Saffron is highly valuable and so was worth a great deal of money to the merchants of those times and to the city's economy. In 1228 the Town Council of San Gimignano paid its debts, incurred during the siege of the "Castello della Nera", partly in money and partly in saffron. In 1276 the Council introduced taxation on imports and exports. The export duty produced such a great deal of money that in 1295 the Council decided that it was worth assigning two officials adept in the weighing of saffron to be permanently present at the gates of the City where the export duty was levied.
The extremely pure saffron of San Gimignano is produced naturally without the use of any chemical products in all phases of its cultivation, drying and conservation. The saffron of San Gimignano is extremely pure. It is produced naturally and no chemical products are used in any step of its cultivation, drying and conservation. The saffron stamens are packaged whole in order to guarantee their pure quality as well as to protect their strong pungent and slightly bitter aroma.
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