The world’s best saffron. Since 1317
The State Archives of Aquila has extensive documentation about saffron production and many related events.
The oldest document relating to saffron trade is a diploma by King Robert dated March 28, 1317.
With this diploma, the ministers of Abruzzo ordered that the saffron merchants should not be burdened by an extraordinary toll.
Several prestigious families who had founded the city of L’Aquila gave birth to an international market of this spice that in the Renaissance became central for the economy of the whole area, the delight of noble and reigning tables throughout Europe.
In fact it is also called “the red gold”.
Cultivation then faced a gradual decline until almost disappearing in the second half of the last century.
Fortunately, in the early 1970s, a small group of growers began cultivating a flower that was likely to be lost forever, while at the same time they recovered the old traditions of processing.