Mund is the only location in Switzerland where the priceless spice saffron is still grown according to centuries-old traditions. The valuable crocus sativus is cultivated over approximately 18,000 square metres on a beautiful, sunny high plateau. Between 30 and 1000 flowers are harvested every day during the season between October and November. The costly spice is extracted from the flowers’ pistils. The Mund saffron guild produces between one and four kilograms of saffron every year, working painstakingly by hand. No wonder everyone is crazy about the ‘red gold’ coming from Mund.
The Saffron Guild
The ‘Pro Safran’ committee, created on 5 January 1979, prepared the way for the creation of a guild, which was formed on 4 May 1979. In accordance with Article 2 of the Guild's bylaws, the purpose of the guild is ‘to preserve saffron in Mund and to cultivate comradeship and companionship.’ In accordance with Article 3 of the bylaws, any natural person or legal entity may become a member of the guild with the approval of two thirds of the members attending the general meeting. The guild accepts not only landowners, but also other persons who are willing to offer their support. Once a year the guild holds an AGM, at which each member receives a plate of saffron risotto and saffron bread. The saffron guild has 216 members today, of whom 116 are growers. The guild offers guided tours and slide shows throughout the year.
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