History of saffron

Originally from Kashmir and Nepal, saffron has been cultivated since ancient times in the Mediterranean area. It travelled with the Arabs to Eastern Asia and then arrived in Maghreb around the 9th century.
In France, saffron was probably first introduced during the Roman Empire.
In the Middle Ages, it was extensively cultivated, and was used both for its dyeing and therapeutic attributes. To begin with it was cultivated in Quercy and the whole south of France, then saffron progressively spread to the north and more particularly to the Gâtinais area.

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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.

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