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In pictures: From a flower in Kashmir comes a precious spice

Updated : 2020-11-16 18:42:20

Cradled by low mountains and spread across a vast expanse of small, fertile fields, a sea of purple flowers opens in Himalayan Kashmir to produce one of the world's most precious spices, saffron.

A Kashmiri farmer family plucks crocus flowers, the stigma of which produces saffron, on a farm in Khrew.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
A Kashmiri farmer family plucks crocus flowers, the stigma of which produces saffron, on a farm in Khrew.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
The farmers separate purple petals of the flowers by hand and, from each of them, come out three deep crimson-coloured stigmas, one of the most expensive and sought-after spice in the world called saffron, also known as “the golden spice.
The farmers separate purple petals of the flowers by hand and, from each of them, come out three deep crimson-coloured stigmas, one of the most expensive and sought-after spice in the world called saffron, also known as “the golden spice." (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Across the world, saffron is used in multiple products ranging from medicine, beauty and food. A kilogram (2.2 pounds) of saffron can easily sell anywhere between $3,000 to $4,000. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Across the world, saffron is used in multiple products ranging from medicine, beauty and food. A kilogram (2.2 pounds) of saffron can easily sell anywhere between $3,000 to $4,000. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Cradled by low mountains and spread across a vast expanse of small, fertile fields, a sea of purple flowers opens in Himalayan Kashmir to produce one of the world's most precious spices, saffron. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Cradled by low mountains and spread across a vast expanse of small, fertile fields, a sea of purple flowers opens in Himalayan Kashmir to produce one of the world's most precious spices, saffron. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Kashmiri farmers pluck crocus flowers. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Kashmiri farmers pluck crocus flowers. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Tasleema Banoo walks with a jute bag filled with crocus flowers, the stigma of which produces saffron, as she walks homewards with family members on a farm. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Tasleema Banoo walks with a jute bag filled with crocus flowers, the stigma of which produces saffron, as she walks homewards with family members on a farm. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Kashmiri farmers remove the stigma of crocus flowers inside their house.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Kashmiri farmers remove the stigma of crocus flowers inside their house.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Stigmas of the crocus flowers are grouped together after being separated from the petals before they are dried. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Stigmas of the crocus flowers are grouped together after being separated from the petals before they are dried. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Employees of India International Kashmir Saffron Trade Center spread the stigma of crocus flowers on trays before drying them in a machine in Dussu, south of Srinagar.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Employees of India International Kashmir Saffron Trade Center spread the stigma of crocus flowers on trays before drying them in a machine in Dussu, south of Srinagar.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
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