Iran is largest producer and exporter of saffron, a spice with incredible healing powers
Iran is by far the largest producer and exporter of saffron, a highly expensive spice with incredible healing powers.
The country is responsible for 95% of saffron produced in the world. Thanks to the country’s diverse climate and fertile soil, it makes it the prime location to start growing saffron.
The primary producer of saffron in Iran belongs to the Khorasan province, which produces most of the saffron in Iran.
Saffron is indispensable to the cuisines of Iran, India and Morocco, but it is also an important ingredient in European dishes such as Spain’s paella, France’s bouillabaisse and Italy’s risotto Milanese.
It’s one of those spices that work well in both sweet and savory dishes. Saffron-flavored ice cream and other desserts are not to be missed.
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world — with 1 pound (450 grams) costing between 500 and 5,000 U.S. dollars.
The reason for its hefty price is its labor-intensive harvesting method, making the production costly.
But, don’t worry, you don’t have to be a billionaire to enjoy the exotic taste of saffron because just a half dozen strands will infuse recipes with brilliant yellow color and sweet musky flavor.
Saffron is a powerful antioxidant. The incredible health benefits of this spice include boosting mood, improving memory, fighting cancer, and reducing heart disease risk.