Published On: Wed, Jul 22nd, 2015

Iran’s ‘red gold’ traders thrive in isolation

It is the most expensive and sought after spice in the world, commonly known as red gold.

Saffron

 

At $65 per gram for the highest quality crop, Saffron can actually cost even more than the precious metal. Its value has been kept permanently high by labor-intensive harvesting methods that require around 200, 000 delicate red strands to be hand-picked from 70, 000 Crocus Sativa flowers for each pound.

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