The town Consuegra, located at a distance of 60 km from Toledo is right in the middle of the vast saffron plantations.
Rose of Saffron Festival has been held each year since 1963.
The festival is going on for over a week including the last two weekends of October.
Saffron has been harvested, the threads are dried and packaged and it´s time to celebrate which the people of Consuegra do exceptionally well.
Generally speaking, the month of October is harvest time in many European countries.
Not surprisingly, several festivals are held to celebrate the end of the hard work and the successful bringing in of the crop.
This particular crop is a lovely, small flower ranging in color from light blue to lilac, containing yellow threads in the petals which make up saffron, the world´s most expensive spice.
Castilla La Mancha in central Spain is the center where the best quality saffron grows in Spain, due to its climate.
It´s back breaking work to collect the flowers.
Best time is early in the morning when the petals just open.
Then to pluck out the threads also called stigma, pile them up and dry them.
Only then is the spice ready for use, sold by the ounce and often presented in beautifully crafted glass jars.
It´s all done by hand, no machinery to help here.
Paella, Spain´s most famous dish, would not be the same without saffron.
It gives an appetizing color and a distinctive flavor.