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 Educational Trail
The Saffron Educational Trail begins at the village centre (Mund Village post office bus stop). From there, the trail sets out on a tranquil and circular route running through saffron fields and meadows, and with an impressive view of the Rhone Valley. In the course of the hike, there are currently six stations with plaques providing information about Mund saffron cultivation in German and French. Visitors will learn why this wonderful product can only be picked and processed by hand, as well finding out about its worst enemies. The plaques convey bite-sized information about the history, origin, culinary properties, cultivation and processing of saffron, as well as about botany and the Mund tradition. The Saffron Educational Trail is an entertaining hiking opportunity which is ideally suited for family outings. Part of the trail is wheelchair-accessible.
Start and End: Bus stop
Time: ca. 90 min