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.
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.