(Saffron is quite pricey, due to the fact that only 1 pound of Saffron is extracted from 100 thousand flowers)
It requires intensive attentive labor and well over 6,000 Purple Saffron Flowers to make a single ounce. The female crocus stigma (the flower’s red antenna) must be hand picked individually, then properly dry cured.
Saffron crops also quickly deplete the soil of nutrients and so other Crops (such as Beans or Grains) must be planted and harvested for about seven to ten years in order to replenish the land. This adds to making the product rare and limits production. Fortunately, only tiny amounts are required in traditional cooking recipes of saffron rice, saffron spiced chicken and saffron seafood. Only a few grams are required to flavor many dishes (one gram for 24 servings).
The mehr Saffron Company is an import and export company located in Maryland, U.S.A. We are dedicated to importing only the finest quality Persian Saffron from the Iran, Khorasan, where more than 96% of the world’s saffron is produced in the province of there.