Spending your holiday in Tuscany is the ambition of many people and there are many accommodations that the region offers, apartments in farmhouse, villa in Tuscany with pool and country houses.
Tuscany as well as the beautiful landscapes and cottages and villas with panoramic views over the hills of vineyards and wheat, also offers a wealth of local products of high quality.
Saffron of San Gimignano
Saffron (www.taccuinistorici.it) is a DOP (protected origin) of San Gimignano (www.sangimignano.com), which has ancient origins.
Initially it was cultivated in the Middle East, Greece and Egypt, and was intended for the production of medicines, to the Egyptian practice of embalming and tissue staining.
Around the tenth century it was imported into Italy by the Arabs, and here was introduced into culinary use.
It’s documented use of Saffron (www.mondodelgusto.it) to sangimignano from the beginning of the thirteenth century and was once called the variety of its use, using it as a sleeping pill, for dyeing wool and tissues and for painting.
Given the development that took the city at that period of history, thanks to its strategic position in which it was located geographically, you think it was just the trade of saffron and the profits deriving from it to make the fortunes of many local families.
The shift away Franchigena (www.viafranchigena.com) downstream and the importation of cheaper poor quality saffron French it means a major crisis for the production in that area.
The cultivation of this particular product was reintroduced in San Gimignano since 1999 and currently are processed in small batches several local farms that offer accommodation in apartments on a farm .. (www.divinatoscana.net)
Its production is among the most complex and laborious in agriculture and this justifies the high costi.Si think saffron is used in cooking the dust that covers the pistils of the flower.
This powder is harvested by hand at dawn in the autumn months, when the flower opens.
Subsequently, the powder is collected and dried in the chimney, preferably with a fire made from dry branches of olive trees.
It ‘obvious that the working and the time required for the production determines the value, and that is why it is called “the gold sangimignano.
Participate in the collection and know the cultural aspects associated with the consumption of this product is certainly interesting to taste the delicacies you can cook with saffron (www.divinatoscana.net) is undoubtedly more attractive!
During the period of your holiday when you are relaxed by the pool of your holiday home, in comfortable apartments, skilfully restored in the old Tuscan farmhouse, enjoying the Tuscan sun and serenity of your children, do not forget to Tuscan cuisine!
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