We bring you a piece of sunny Albanian coastline in the form of certified ORGANIC saffron.
Saffron (Crocus sativus) is one of the most valuable spices in the world, obtained by drying the stigmas of crocus flowers. This plant is originally from the Eastern Mediterranean, but saffron is now cultivated in various parts of the world, including Spain, Iran, India, and Albania. The saffron harvesting process is physically and time-intensive, entirely done by hand to ensure that the stigmas remain intact. To produce just one kilogram of saffron, approximately 150,000 crocus flowers are required, which explains why saffron is so expensive.
Saffron is primarily used in cooking due to its intense flavor and aroma, which impart a unique character to dishes. It is also used for coloring food and sweets and has applications in traditional medicine because of its health benefits. It's used in various culinary recipes, such as paella, risotto, or for a unique flavor in certain desserts. You can also create a refreshing saffron tea or saffron-infused cream cheese.
Enjoy this exotic delicacy from Albania and add an unforgettable taste to your culinary repertoire.
In addition to its picturesque landscape, which may remind some of the southern coast of England, this place also offers a refreshing opportunity to swim in the Adriatic Sea, whose waters are the cleanest in all of northern and central Albania in this area, thanks to its rocky shores.
At the very cape, there are the remains of an ancient fortress built in the 15th century by the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg. From the same period, there is a beautifully reconstructed monastery church of St. Anthony, adorned with frescoes depicting a horseman and a double-headed eagle, likely representing the oldest depiction of Albania's current national emblem. In front of the church, there is a mineral spring that annually attracts a traditional pilgrimage celebration on June 13th.