The red gold of Navelli

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Abruzzo is a region of a thousand qualities, and one of these can be found in the town of Navelli, where the prestigious saffron is produced.

The history linking this plant to the Abruzzo region has very ancient origins, mixed with legends that have made L’Aquila saffron famous throughout the world.

Today it boasts an important quality recognition: “Denominazione d’Origine Protetta” – Protected Origin Designation, which is an element of guarantee for the consumer.

Saffron harvesting in Navelli is a job that is repeated every morning, at dawn, for the entire flowering period, between the end of October and the first half of November.

It is work done completely by hand. To produce one kilogram of saffron, two hundred thousand flowers must be harvested and left to dry in the heat of the fire.

In the Abruzzo cookbook we can see it as the protagonist of several recipes, and some typical examples of the use of this aroma, are easily found in Abruzzo’s gnocchi, saffran lamb chops, chickpea soup, “ferratelle”, donuts and liqueurs of the area.

Ready to travel to Abruzzo, Italy?

Get in touch today for more information about our tour. We are ready to help you choose the best options for your dream vacation! 

And if you’re not quite ready to make an inquiry, sign up for our free email course to learn everything you need to know about planning a tour of Abruzzo.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share the article
Read more

Are you ready to experience Abruzzo and Beyond?

Love Italy? You've come to the right place.

Enter your details to get travel inspiration, curiosities and amazing offers delivered to your inbox

Download Free cooking booklet

Discover our authentic recipes from Abruzzo passed down over the years for generations

Discover Authentic Italy With Fabrizio: How to Plan an Amazing Tour of Abruzzo

Our 6-part free email course will walk you through everything you need to know about planning - and enjoying! - an amazing tour of Abruzzo.

We will not share your information with anyone.