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Photos: Harvesting Saffron in Birjand, Iran


Photos by Amir Hosein Heidari, ISNA



Saffron is a spice derived from the dried stigma of the flower of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), a species of crocus in the family Iridaceae. The flower has three stigmas, which are the distal ends of the plant's carpels. Iran ranks first in the world production of saffron, with more than 94 percent of the world yield. Other minor producers of saffron are Spain, India, Greece, Azerbaijan, Morocco, and Italy (read more on wikipedia)


Birjand is the provincial capital of South Khorasan province in eastern Iran. The city of Birjand had a population of 157848 people at the time of the last official census in 2006.
South Khorasan Province consists of 7 counties: Birjand, Ferdows, Qaen, Sarayan, Nehbandan, Darmian and Sarbisheh. South Khorasan is one the three provinces that were created after the division of Khorasan in 2004.

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