Quercy Saffron

Grown in Quercy since the Middle Ages, saffron production reached its height in the 15th-18th C. before declining. Some years ago, the cultivation of saffron in Quercy was relaunched. Saffron (crocus sativus linnaeus) is a perennial plant 20 to 40 cm high with bluish-mauve flowers. Its pistils, separated and dried, constitute the famous “red gold”. It is used to make jams, syrups, sorbets… It also colours and flavours other foods such as chestnut cream, knuckle of ham, tripe… This gallery includes many food images.