Krokos Kozani Red Saffron is produced by 40 small hamlets and villages that surround the farming town of Krokos, central Greece, and make up the Co-operative of Kozani which has the exclusive right to cultivate, harvest and process the spice.
Saffron from the Kozani cooperative in Greece is recognised as some of the finest saffron in the world and has been awarded PDO status.
Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, it is the dried stigmas of the crocus flower. More than 50,000 of these stigmas are needed to produce just 100g of red Saffron.
Greek saffron has a higher coloring strength than the minimum international standard for all saffron. It is used in Greek cooking mainly in salads, sauces for potatoes and vegetables, rice, soup, and fish dishes.
According to Greek mythology, handsome mortal Crocos fell in love with the beautiful nymph Smilax. But alas, his favors were rebuffed by Smilax, and he was turned into a beautiful purple crocus flower.