zafferano logo

The area of production of this precious spice is limited exclusively to the Municipality of San Gimignano.
Since the 13th century San Gimignano is famous for cultivation of “crocus sativus”, and thanks to the saffron trade many local families made a fortune and they built the famous towers still today a symbol of the town.
Saffron is still produced and processed as they did in the Middle Ages; the selection of the bulbs and the picking of the flowers is done early in the morning and by hand, such as the husking of the flowers and than the stamens are dried by the fire.
In the past saffron was used not only for culinary purposes but also in medicines and paints; nowadays there is a decline in use of saffron compare to the past but is still a fundamental ingredient in many traditional recipes.

IMG_1758

Olive trees and extra virgin olive oil have always been part of the Tuscan history and tradition.

We have to thank all the people that in the past years worked hard this land and all the farmers that today continue to care for these trees that represent our greatest treasure.

The Consortium Tuscan extra virgin olive oil PGI is born in 1997 with the mission to guarantee the authenticity of the oil produced exclusively in this unique area that is Tuscany.

To obtain this designation all stages of production, from harvest to the oil extraction, to bottling, are mandatory to take place within in Tuscany; chemical and organoleptic qualities are also checked (by commissions recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture) to find its compliance with the disciplinary measures.

Each bottle is well recognizable by the lablel around the neck of the bottle with an impressed number: this code guarantees a clear tracability of the product.DSCN1946

The olive varieties used to make a Tuscan Extra virgin Olive Oil PGI are moraiolo, frantoio, pendolino and leccino, however other native varieties are permitted.

This kind of extra virgin oilve oil has a strong connection with the territory that makes it very versatile with also many different flavours such as odours of artichoke, ripe fruit, bitter and spicy taste.