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Photos: Saffron harvest in northern Iran

Photos by Aboutaleb Nadri, Mehr News Agency

GORGAN, Golestan Province -- Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. It's derived from the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus and has a deep auburn color and sweet flavor. Iran is the world largest producer of saffron. It is widely cultivated the eastern and southeastern provinces of Fars, Kerman, and those in the Khorassan region.

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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