Sunday, February 3, 2013

World's Most Expensive Spice

Saffron or Kesar is the world's most costly and expensive spice. It takes a lot of time, hard work and many painstaking efforts just to get few precious stigmas of Saffron. Saffron not only adds color and taste to our foods but also gives pleasant aroma to a variety of delicacies. It has health promoting qualities one of which is that it brings a natural glow to the skin. Let's find out how farmers grow Saffron in their fields.


Kashmiri farmer plucking violet coloured Saffron / Kesar flowers from farm.



Kashmiri farmer collecting violet Saffron / Kesar flowers in a plastic bucket.

Kashmiri women and farmer busy in a field collecting Saffron flowers.  
 Kashmiri Woman helping her husband by plucking Saffron / Kesar flowersone-by-one and then collecting them in a plastic bucket.
        Kashmiri woman collecting cultivated Saffron / Kesar flowers from her field.
 A close-up photo of violet coloured Saffron flowers collected in a bucket.
             People carefully separating costly Saffron / Kesar Stigmas from violet flowers

A close-up photo of Saffron Stigmas being separated from its violet flower.


A young Kashmiri woman carefully counting Saffron Stigmas and then packing this most expensive spice in small plastic bags.


Young kasmiri woman picking up a bunch of precious dried Saffron / Kesar stigmas from a big glass bowl.

Close-up photo of Kashmiri woman showing us a bunch of precious dark-red coloured Saffron / Kesar stigmas.

After separating stigmas, leftover saffron petals are then fed to donkey.

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