Herbal saffron with more than 40 benefits for human health
In this article, we will talk about how to grow saffron crocus and how to harvest saffron in Iran and its global price.
The reason for its hefty price is its labor-intensive harvesting method, making the production costly.
When you travel to Iran, you will see saffron harvesting done by male and female workers .Saffron is harvested by hand from the Crocus sativus flower, commonly known as the “saffron crocus.” The term “saffron” applies to the flower’s thread-like structures, or stigma.
It originated in Greece, where it was revered for its medicinal properties. People would eat saffron to enhance libido, boost mood, and improve memory
Traveling to Iran makes you familiar with more than 40 medical benefits of saffron such as :
-A Powerful Antioxidant
– May Improve Mood and Treat Depressive Symptoms
– May Have Cancer
– May Reduce PMS Symptoms
– May Act as an Aphrodisiac
– May Reduce Appetite and Aid Weight Loss
– May reduce heart disease risk factors
– May lower blood sugar levels
– May improve eyesight in adults with age
-related macular degeneration
– May improve memory in adults with Alzheimer’s disease
How much is 1 pound of SAFFRON directly from the producer?
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world — with 1 pound (450 grams) costing between 500 U.S.$ (in Iran ) and 5,000 U.S . $ (in Europe) .In Europe Markets buy saffron. The range that can be found in prices is very broad and depends directly on the prices of the imported saffron and how the harvest is each year in Iran .
In the last 10 years the highest price that has come to be paid was $ 12000 /kg , this price is considered very high and was because at that time Iran suffered a commercial veto from Europe and the United States causing a greater demand for Spanish saffron.
The lowest price for which there is evidence has been $ 3500 /kg , caused by the new opening of the market to Iran that flooded the commercial sector with saffron for several years (those of the commercial veto) at prices that broke the market reaching to be able to acquire them for 400 – 500 € /kg, this is a price that does not cover the production of the product itself but that served to give rise to the accumulated saffron and at the same time To recover the lost market share or even more to the Spanish production, a very serious commercial blow, not definitive since there is a commercial sector that continues betting on the superior quality.
The drop in prices in the wholesale sector was not reflected in the final price of the commercial lines because the intermediaries and the hypermarkets themselves maintained a high price providing brutal profit margins.
In short, it can be said that How many times have we heard from friends who have traveled to countries in the Middle East that have brought saffron very cheaply? , but really what is it that has been brought on the trip back? Normally it is safflower which is a product that also gives some color but has nothing to do with saffron, there are references that sell “Saffron” from $ 25 /kg to $500/kg . In this type of countries the legislation regarding the trade of saffron is a chimera and the control is null, for this reason they take advantage of the value of the true saffron to give cat hares in the spice markets that have more fame in the world, the souks.
How to Grow Saffron Plants :
Saffron plants need well draining soil and lots of sun. If saffron crocus is planted in swampy or poor draining soil, it will rot. Other than needing good soil and sun, saffron crocus are not picky. When you plant your saffron crocus bulbs, place them in the ground at about 3 to 5 inches deep and at least 6 inches apart. About 50 to 60 saffron flowers will produce about 1 tablespoon of saffron spice, so keep this in mind when figuring how many to plant.
But, also keep in mind that saffron crocus
multiply rapidly, so in a few years time you will have more than enough. After
your saffron crocus bulbs are planted, they need very little care. They will be
hardy down to -15 F (-26 C). You can fertilize them once a year, though they
grow fine without being fertilized as well. You can also water them if the
rainfall in your area falls below 1.5 inches per week. Growing saffron crocus
is easy and certainly makes the expensive spice much more affordable. Now that you
know how to grow saffron plants, you can give this spice a try in your herb