Saffron is the most expensive and sought after spice in the world, commonly know as red gold. The undisputed capital for saffron production is Iran, where the tradition dates back over 3,000 years. The country produces over 90% of the 250 tons produced worldwide each year, boosted by unique ecological that deliver a strong-flavored, aromatic crop that is a staple of local cuisine, cosmetics and traditional medicine.
Harvest time is in November. In 2016 I stayed a few days at a family located near the Afghan border and helped the family with the harvest.