THE MOST EXPENSIVE SPICE IN THE WORLD. From $500 to $5,000 per lb. Saffron. Crocus Sativus. Thrives where hot and dry summer breezes sweep semi-arid lands. Survive cold winters, as low as −10 °C and short periods of snow cover. Grow best in full sunlight. . The Plains of La Mancha.
From $500 to $5,000 per lb
Thrives where hot and dry summer breezes sweep semi-arid lands.
Survive cold winters, as low as −10 °C and short periods of snow cover.
Grow best in full sunlight.
Labourintensive and back breakingwork
40 hours labour to pick
50,000–75,000 flowers = 1 lb dry saffron
the equivalent of a football pitch
Documentation over 4,000 years -
used to treat some 90 illnesses
Remedies, Magical Potions, Dyes, Perfumes, Body washes, Potpourris, Mascaras, Ointments, Woven in Textiles, Divine offerings, and Medical treatments.
HEALTH PROPERTIES compounds
From 14th compoundscentury, Spain exported the BEST quality saffron in the world.
In the past, cultivated over a remarkably large surface area.
1970,s = world´s largest producer 6000 hectares.
HISTORY than 100 hectares.
Cleopatra used saffron in her baths so that lovemaking would be more pleasurable.
Alexander the Great used Persian saffron in his infusions, rice, and baths as a curative for battle wounds
Supposedly saffron would be more pleasurable.is grown in Kashmir, principallyto offer it to the Buddha.
Buddhist monks wear saffron-coloured robes;
however, the robes are not dyed with
costly saffron but turmeric
13 would be more pleasurable.th C trade: subject to mass piracy.
Mediterranean Pirates would ignore gold & Jewellery and instead steal saffron bound
The 14 week "Saffron War"
800lbsaffron hijacked by nobles.
(today valued more than $500,000)
Fear would be more pleasurable.of rampant saffron piracy spurred other countries to cultivate.
Basle became RICH.
Spread through England.
Especially Norfolk and Suffolk.
In Essex Saffron Walden, emerged as England's prime saffron growing and trading centre.
S would be more pleasurable.PAIN
International Organization for Standardization would be more pleasurable.
Grades: IV (Poorest), III, II, And I
Finest Quality no more than
0.5 Per Cent Of “Floral Waste”.
2009 Saffron Production would be more pleasurable.
Iran: 300 tons (97% of world production)
Kashmir: 6 tons
Greece: 5 tons
Azerbaijan: 3.70 tons
Spain: 1 ton
Morocco: 0.8 ton.
Italy: 100 kg
Turkey: 10 kg
Switzerland : 1 kg
Kashmiri would be more pleasurable.Saffron
Rarely available outside India.
COUNTERFEIT SAFFRON would be more pleasurable.
Powdered would be more pleasurable.saffron is more prone to adulteration…..
Turmeric, Paprika, etc
As well as
2010 - 190,000 would be more pleasurable.kilos of saffron exports
netted £40 million.
Local production = 1,500 kilos.
Remainder poor-quality imports from Iran, Morocco and Greece.
Spain….Major importer countries of Iran’s saffron.
Barely one per cent of saffron labelled as Spanish is actually grown in the country.