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Photos: Saffron Farm in Mashhad, Iran

11/12/10 Photos by Amin Khosroshahi, ISNA

These photos by Amin Khosroshahi show the life on a saffron farm in the vicinity of the city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran, from harvesting the flowers to extracting the stigmas.


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).

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