L'Aquila saffron (Crocus Sativus) is an Italian product with a protected designation of origin, produced exclusively in the province of L'Aquila and in particular in the Plateau of Navelli, near Navelli.
Crocus sativus was introduced in Italy from Spain in the 13th century by a Dominican Friar from the Santucci family of Navelli. Production in the "Piana di Navelli" is favored by the karsticity of the soil, which avoids water stagnations that are unfavorable to the growth of the plant.
This spice is now used in many typical Abruzzese dishes and not only! One of its most popular uses in Italian cuisine is in "risotto alla milanese".