Thursday, February 3, 2011

'Iran's saffron exports to hit 100 tons'

Saffron harvest in Iran

Iran is busy bringing in the annual harvest of saffron, a spice known to many as 'red gold' because it can fetch up to £1,000 per kilo on the world markets, largely due to its fiddly and labour intensive production process

Iran's saffron exports will increase by more than 10 percent to top an annual 100 tons by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20).

Head of Iran's Union of Sellers and Exporters of Saffron Gholam Reza Miri said the country exported 90 tons of the precious spice last year.

Iran, the largest saffron producer in the world, exports saffron to 46 countries including European and Persian Gulf countries, IRIB quoted Miri as saying.


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