Saffron Prices Skyrocket as Demand Continues to Surge
Saffron has been used in food and medicine for 3000 years. Saffron flowers are cultivated primarily in Kashmir/India, Iran, Afghanistan, Morocco and Spain. The flowers are handpicked once a year around November and it takes about 150,000 to 160,000 flowers to produce 1 kilogram of the spice, which is about 450,000 strands. Handpicking saffron is a labor-intensive job that has to be done in a short period of time during the few weeks of flowering. The threads are then carefully dried, selected and packed for customer orders.
We understand from our suppliers that the saffron crop in 2021 was seriously short and they don’t know if they will be able to secure enough supply for all their customers’ needs. Climate change (draught and/or flooding) and low prices have made it very difficult for farmers to cultivate saffron. When the price is high, there is a good chance that adulterated saffron will make it to the market. Always know your source and ask for a detailed analysis!
We have a good position of saffron at this time and will do our best to secure the supply of good, quality saffron. We only import pure saffron that is up to ISO standards and is guaranteed not to contain artificial coloring or any other vegetative material other than saffron threads.