It was the first country in the world to start the saffron harvest.
And saffron is the country’s favorite spice.
“There is a lot of saffron in the Swiss Alps. The best places in Switzerland for the production of saffron are in the mountains in the cantons of Lucerne, Bern and Mont Saint Michel.”
“The country has very strict rules. You go to the supermarket and you have to bring some saffron with you; if you need to go and buy a bottle from some little shop in the village, they require to bring the stuff with you.”
But, says the man that took the first taste of saffron. “I was a little disappointed. I didn’t know what I was buying.”
And, it’s not just the Italian saffron, the Austrian saffron is even sweeter.
It is produced here, in this town of 4,000. And, they are known for it.
“It is the most beautiful in the world,” says Vincenzo Scelsi.
“It is not only the purest spice,” he continues. This is actually one of the few places in the world where saffron is the most expensive spice because the whole plant is grown to high production levels.
“It is very expensive, a lot of effort goes into it. Many people spend money to harvest it.”
“The best tasting,” says the producer.
And, he does not waste all these precious ingredients on just a few sprigs. Some are grown in the whole of Austria.
“Of course I would like to go to the United States to sell it for a high price. But I don’t want to spoil the essence of what I did here in Italy, because I really enjoy it here. I am happy with what I am doing.”
And, it goes without saying, the saffron plant only needs to be grown here, to stay here.
It’s the last frontier. And, it’s no wonder, that, as one is being produced each day for sale in the United States.
“I don’t believe saffron is coming to a European country or a country in the U.K.,” he says.
He would add that it is not necessarily for the United States either, because the United States imports it from India.
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