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Why is saffron so expensive?

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world because for making just one pound of it requires plucking 75,000 flowers. It is found on the bulb of a rare flower, saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) and each flower has 3 stamens that are dethreaded manually. The saffron flower only blooms for 2 weeks in a year, making it even more rare. As of the latest, Iran is the largest producer of Saffron in the world.

How much is 1lb of saffron worth?

1lb of saffron cost almost $1100, although the price may vary depending on the quality. Compared to other spices, only a small quantity of saffron is sufficient to add flavoring. Since saffron is bought in small quantities, the cost doesn’t seem as huge as it sounds.


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