Red: Quercy saffron
A sweet touch of gold with a fruity and incomparable warmth: this is the miracle of Quercy saffron, a magnificent spice that has been cultivated in Lot since the time of the Crusades.
The saffron fields flower in October, creating little patches of purple around Cajarc and Saint Cirq Lapopie, a Great Tourist Site. Like all the operations involved in saffron production, the flowers are picked by hand. This process is a game of patience since it takes 250 flowers to produce just 1 gram of Quercy saffron. The spice is sold not as powder, but in the form of “whole and pure” stigmas, which range from bright red to garnet in colour, and have a strong, sweet and slightly bitter fragrance.
Saffron is surrounded by an aura of prestige, and is the most accessible of the luxury products. One gram is all you need to colour and flavour more than 60 food servings.