Saffron – The World’s Most Expensive Spice

Saffron crocus flowers

90 percent of the world’s saffron supply is grown in fields across Iran and is mostly harvested by women who earn about $5 per day picking the fragile, sparse threads by hand.

Harvesting saffron requires a lot of physical labor to get the flowers from the field to final packaging. The harvesting process plus its distinct flavor, smell, and color make it the most expensive spice in the world. It’s used in kitchens across the world, as a fabric and skin dye, and may soon be used more widely for medicinal purposes.


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