It is in the heart of the flower that the treasure is hidden. The flowers bloom in the fall, from October to November. The bloom lasts about 3 weeks. The life of the flower is ephemeral, 48h maximum.
This is when they should be harvested carefully and without delay. It is by picking the stigmas from these flowers, the deep red filaments, and then drying them that we obtain the precious spice.
Patience and know-how are required! The gestures of the picking are very precise and date back to the 15th century. The flowers are delicately wrapped in the palm of the hand in order to cut the stem with the fingernail and repeat tirelessly. It takes 200 flowers to make 1 gram of saffron.