The Kashmir saffron harvest in pictures

If you’ve ever wondered why saffron is so expensive, take a look at how this spice is harvested. Known as ‘Saffron Town’, Pampore is a small community in the Indian-administered region of Jammu and Kashmir, where millions of saffron flowers bloom. ‘Iran far outstrips India in saffron production. But Kashmiri saffron is known to have the edge when it comes to aroma, making it the costliest’. Which is why, I guess, it’s also known as ‘red gold’.

The saffron harvest started in the last week of October and continued for five or six weeks thereafter. And just for all your trivia buffs, between 130 and 160 flowers constitute 1 gram of saffron after drying. One gram!

Via Aljazeera

Saffron growing
Saffron being sorted by hand
Saffron in bowls
Saffron pickers
Saffron pickers

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