Saffron: One of the most expensive spices in the world

Posted by thingsnews Categories: News Jul - 3 - 2013 0 Comment 170 views

Saffron is one of the rarest and most expensive spices in the world today. The going retail rate of saffron can cost around $5,000 per pound! If that sounds like an exorbitant amount of money for a spice, it is. Like an exotic truffle, rich caviar or a fine bubbly, some things in life are strictly reserved for the rich and famous; or in this case, true spice lovers. It’s usage as a spice dates back centuries; even being mentioned in the Bible. For many of us, including myself, it’s hard to understand what makes the Crocus sativus flower and it’s saffron so desirable…Until now. Just what is saffron? Why is it so expensive? And what on earth is it used for? Let’s find out.
What is saffron?
Saffron comes from the beautifully vivid crocus flower (Crocus sativus). It is native to Southwest Asia, but can be found in many parts of the world. It flourishes and thus is widely produced in Mediterranean climates known for their warm, dry winds and semi-arid soils (ie. Spain, Italy, California).

saffron 11 650x394 on  Saffron: One of the most expensive spices in the world

The crocus flower produces three brightly colored stigmas (see photo). These stigmas are then picked and dried out to produce the actual saffron spice. Countries like Iran, Spain, India, Greece, Morocco, and Italy are each known for producing and distributing many varieties of saffron. While Iran is the biggest producer of saffron in the world, Spain is it’s biggest exporter.

Why is it expensive?
It has been said that saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. So expensive that many chefs will keep it locked up in a safe. If you can afford it, saffron can be used in many food dishes to accentuate flavor, aroma, and color. Is this why it’s so expensive? Well, in part. The real reason behind it’s high price tag begins with cultivation. In order to gather the saffron, the stigmas of the crocus flower must be handpicked. This becomes very time consuming, considering that in order to produce just 1 gram of saffron, it takes upwards of 300-500. The tedious work of hand-picking stigmas in order to produce saffron is one.

saffron 61 650x436 on  Saffron: One of the most expensive spices in the world






Leave a Reply


*






Another truck accident and a SL...

Posted on Apr - 17 - 2014

0 Comment 50 views

Interesting links of today 16.04.2014

Posted on Apr - 16 - 2014

0 Comment 69 views

Girls of The Day: Laetitia Casta

Posted on Apr - 16 - 2014

0 Comment 65 views

Interesting links of today 15.04.2014

Posted on Apr - 15 - 2014

0 Comment 46 views

Girls of The Day: Mena Maria

Posted on Apr - 15 - 2014

0 Comment 26 views

Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of...

Posted on Jul - 19 - 2013

0 Comment 318 views

Microsoft Sues Comet Over Windows ‘Piracy’

Posted on Jan - 8 - 2012

Comments Off 251 views

Michael Jackson’s mother asked a doctor...

Posted on Dec - 1 - 2011

Comments Off 330 views

Weird Video: Bizarre sheep with an...

Posted on Oct - 12 - 2012

0 Comment 71 views

Girls of The Day: Sarah Rafferty

Posted on Feb - 26 - 2013

0 Comment 1,488 views

Plus Things

Join Facebook


Statistic