The estate

The saffron cultivations of oct8bre are situated at the heart of the South West of France, on the clayey and calcareous land of Gascony. Benefiting from the exceptional weather of Gers, they are isolated in the small and peaceful village of Cadeilhan.

Gascony is one of the most charming French areas. At the heart of legendary Gascony, the Gers area is proud of d'Artagnan, the most famous musketeer, of its precious brandy ; the Armagnac, of its foie gras, its steak-let of duck.
It is famous for its calm way of life, its hilly landscapes, the quality of its welcoming, and its ideal sunshine rate.

Proud of its area, the family company Haut Porteteny chose to establish oct8bre there, a very successful alliance of simplicity and luxury that gives birth to ultra chic.

Our identity :

A name easy to remember : oct8bre, a strong symbol : the infinite
Oct8bre is the harvest month in France, in opposition to Moroccan saffron which is picked in November. It evokes the cultivation of French saffron.

Oc t8bre sounds like “le pays d'OC” which is the Occitany, the birthplace of this vintage saffron at the heart of Gascony.

Oct8bre is the month of red leaves, great reminder of the precious stigmas of saffron.

8 for the symbol of the infinite ∞ because there was no greater term to qualify this exceptional saffron.

The three colours of Oct8bre:

Grey : for sobriety and elegance
Brown : for this little taste that makes one's mouth water, like a piece of chocolate.
Raspberry : for the colour of its stigmas and its fruity taste.

Our working methods :

Cultivated in Gers, the saffron of oct8bre has all the assets to give out its best to us.

A perfect weather:
The weather of Gascony with dry summers and mild winters provides what is best for saffron.

From May to September , crocus bulbs must be kept dry to avoid their rotting. The lack of rain during this period is as pleasing for tourists than for crocuses!

The bulbs of crocus are originated from Quercy, it is the most rustic corm, it has crossed ages, epidemics and borders.

The crocus flowers are picked as soon as they come out of the earth, before they open up.
That is why you will never see fields of blooming flowers at Cadeilhan. The picking is frustrating because the flowers are picked when they are closed. And this is the great difference with all the other French saffrons on the market.
But giving up this great view is really worth it. At this stage, pistils are ripe, full of pigments and aromas, abounding in vitamins B et pro vitamins A. The petals, still rolled around the pistil, protect it from the sun which would destroy the precious vitamins that are responsible for several qualities of the saffron and particularly its antioxidant power.

The flowers are trimmed manually on the same day.
The trimming is meticulous and highly controlled.
The pistils are made of three stigmas linked to each other at their base/foot.
This very thin base/foot is white and grows into a common part which is yellow then the pistil divides into three bright red stigmas. Only this last vermilion red part is kept.

Immediately after the trimming, stigmas are dried and then stocked in hermetic jars hidden from the light.
The drying stage is a determining stage in the production.
In Morocco, Iran, India, saffron is dried in the sun.
But ultraviolet rays completely destroy the vitamins of the saffron.
In France, electric driers are used. This way, the rise of temperature is kept totally under control. The drying process must be as short as possible and never go over 60° C in order to keep the aromas and the vitamins.
For a good preservation, saffron must not go over 12% of humidity. Therefore oct8bre keeps it in air tight containers in order to minimise contact with atmospheric oxygen and humidity for a better preservation.

The packaging is made on the production site, it therefore shortens considerably the process. It reduces the loss of aromas, it limits the damage of the stigmas, and keeps dust residues from spoiling the product as it would usually happen with travels.

Finally, the choice of simple containers is not random. Every presentation of saffron in fancy cardboard packaging, or sophisticated jars sealed with pretty corks and wax must absolutely be banned.
Indeed, the porosity of these materials do not guarantee a sufficient protection against ambient humidity for the saffron. Moreover, the aromas will in part be absorbed by the cork.
By choosing glass jars hermetically closed and wrapped with occulting labels, oct8bre guarantees a perfectly dry product ,with a long preservation and without any loss of aromas or pigments.

Our Assets :

Origin of the bulbs : Botanical Conservatory of Quercy

Climate : optimum sunshine in the south west of France for a suave saffron

Picking of closed flowers : For the preservation of the vitamins B and pro-vitamins A which are the best natural antioxidant.

Meticulous trimming : For a saffron without bitterness and impurities.

Drying under control : For an optimum preservation.
Very short marketing process: for whole stigmas without any damage.

Our anti aging secret :

Oct8bre works its best to obtain the best saffron ever produced in the world.
In our quest for quality, we stand out with our very innovative production process.
The harvest of the flowers still closed guarantees a high content of vitamins in our saffron.
Saffron is as precious for its price than for its therapeutic qualities in natural medicine.
It is one of the richest plant for riboflavin or vitamin B2. It contains both an essential oil, the safranal and approximately 25% of pigments , the crocins , that is pro-vitamins A.
In addition to all your dishes, it brings light and vitamins to your cooking.
In addition to your face cream, it illuminates your complexion to make it dazzling.
On your skin or in your stomach, the saffron of oct8bre is the best antioxidant to fight the aging of the cells.

Crocus sativus can also be found in several homeopathic prescriptions:

nervous system
blood circulation
ocular pains
dental pains
congestive disorder of the womb

This small autumn crocus, and its stigmas that produce saffron, crossed the ages thanks to its medicinal virtues and its colouring power.
The bewitching taste of saffron has been linked to traditional Moroccan and Spanish cooking for a long time.
Today, it is not only its quality as a spice which brings fame to oct8bre but also its high content of vitamins B and pro-vitamins A.
The vitamins B and pro-vitamins A are the best natural antioxidant appreciated by today's consumers in quest of pleasure and eternal youth.
Those vitamins sensitive to ultraviolet rays, are lacking in the imported saffron which has been overexposed to the sun.
only the picking of closed flowers and the oven drying can guarantee a high content of vitamins.

Saffron's vitamin B2 :

The vitamin B2 is heat resistant ( Pasteurization, cooking, sterilization) it also withstands freezing and salting.
However, it is damaged by the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

The vitamin B2 has an antioxidant function and participates to the regeneration of the glutathion, the major purifier of the organism.

The recommended daily amount is of 1,7mg. Saffron is rich in vitamin B2 and its regular consumption helps to cover these needs.
The lack of vitamin B2 usually reveals itself in skin and mucous lesions (seborrheic dermatitis of the side of the nose, chapped lips, cracked corners of the mouth, crimson tongue), ocular lesions (tears, bloodshot eyes, conjunctivitis)
Studies have shown that great doses of riboflavin (400 mg per day) could provide a natural, efficient and harmless treatment to migraines. Indeed, it seems that vitamins B2 could correct the dysfunction of the mitochondria that are one of the causes for migraines.

A very close link exists between riboflavin and the health of the eyes: when 5 or 10 mg doses are taken daily a noticeable diminution of ocular disorders are shown: burning, night vision troubles, non infectious conjunctivitis, blurred vision and more particularly cataract.

More vitamin B2 could reduce the apparition of some cancers (cancers of the skin, of the esophagi and maybe of the prostate).

Saffron's provitamin A :

Provitamins A are present in every tissues, they can be found in the circulating lipids which they protect from oxidation, in the membrane cells, in the skin, in the retina which they protect from the sun and in the fatty tissue.

Provitamins A, thanks to their antioxidant characteristics protect the crystalline and prevent from having cataracts (first cause of blindness for elderly people).

Studies have shown that people who consume more provitamins A and vitamins A than average have a risk of cancer 40 % inferior from/to other people.
The provitamin A appears to be a preventive agent for cancers thanks to its antioxidant characteristics.

It possesses the immunostimulant characteristics used in aids treatments.

It also hinders the accelerated degenerative process in some particular cases like excessive sun exposure, smoking, diabetes...
Carotenoids in general, along with the other antioxidants, play a major part in the protection against molecular and cellular damages due to the free radicals accumulated with the aging process.

The recommended daily amount of provitamins A is approximately 3 to 5 mg, but according to certain specialists, it should rise up to 15 to 20 mg to fulfill its protective function.