Saffron Market Fair
Five days dedicated to the precious spice. 28 October-1 November 2017.
Saffron Market Fair in Cascia, in the Province of Perugia, takes place from October 28th to November 1st, 2017 in the streets and small shops of Cascia, where visitors can buy special products made with saffron. On the occasion, restaurant menus include traditional dishes and reinterpreted recipes; while shops sell saffron biscuits, ice creams, yogurts and much more.
The fair takes place after the picking of the precious crimson stigmas of the saffron crocus. The yellow-red color comes from the natural color of the stigma and from the subsequent toasting.
The price is determined not only by the preciousness of the raw material, but also by the quantity of work necessary to obtain the final product. The stigmas of about 200 flowers are necessary to produce 1 gram of saffron! The flowers are picked by hand in the early hours of the morning, when the corollas are still closed and it is less likely to ruin the most delicate and precious part of the flower: stigmas and pistils.
After having removed the petals and the external part, there is the toasting process (about 20 minutes) until stigmas can be pulverized.
Saffron has always been an extremely precious product. In the past it could be included in the dowry of a girl.
Visitors who come to Cascia should also visit Saint Rita of Cascia sanctuary. The Saint is often referred to as the “Patroness of Impossible Causes”. Inside the church, the body of Saint Rita is on display in a glass tomb.
(photo: website of the event)Go to the website Saffron Market Fair