Zafferano in stimmi d'Angera
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Saffron is a spice derived from a small plant belonging to the Iridaceae's family; from its flowers, stigma are collected and dried, producing the precious spice. An autumn-flowering plant, Saffron's stigma are harvested before sunrise; this way, they are protected from sunbeams and their aroma and active ingredients are preserved: saffron is indeed rich in minerals, vitamins A, B and C, and antioxidants. It is known as the "good mood spice", as its scent can positively influence brain activity.
CURIOUS FACT': Angera's saffron's history originates in 1810, when Ajcardo Castiglioni brings to Italy its bulbs, starting a cultivation near Pavia. His production becomes so flourishing that he can bring it to the surrounding areas, reaching the city of Angera on the Lago Maggiore.
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