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In Pictures: Laborious saffron harvest unites Moroccan village

Updated : 2019-11-14 16:26:25

Morocco is among the world's top 5 saffron producers, with output of 6.8 tons last year. The saffron plants bloom for only two weeks a year and the flowers, each containing three crimson stigmas, become useless if they blossom, putting pressure on the women to work quickly and steadily.

The sun sets behind Saffron-rich Askaoun, a small village near the town of Taliouine in Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains. Morocco is among the world's top 5 saffron producers, with output of 6.8 tons last year, though Iran is by far the largest producer. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
The sun sets behind Saffron-rich Askaoun, a small village near the town of Taliouine in Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains. Morocco is among the world's top 5 saffron producers, with output of 6.8 tons last year, though Iran is by far the largest producer. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Villagers pick Saffron flowers at dawn during harvest season in Askaoun, a small village in Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Villagers pick Saffron flowers at dawn during harvest season in Askaoun, a small village in Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
The saffron plants bloom for only two weeks a year and the flowers, each containing three crimson stigmas, become useless if they blossom, putting pressure on the women to work quickly and steadily. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
The saffron plants bloom for only two weeks a year and the flowers, each containing three crimson stigmas, become useless if they blossom, putting pressure on the women to work quickly and steadily. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Women pick Saffron flowers at dawn during harvest season in Askaoun, a small village in Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Women pick Saffron flowers at dawn during harvest season in Askaoun, a small village in Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Villagers collect Saffron flowers at dawn during harvest season in Askaoun. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Villagers collect Saffron flowers at dawn during harvest season in Askaoun. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
A basket of Saffron flowers is seen at a farm as villagers collect Saffron flowers during harvest season in Askaoun. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
A basket of Saffron flowers is seen at a farm as villagers collect Saffron flowers during harvest season in Askaoun. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Saffron flowers are laid on a table before the red stigma is separated, during harvest season in Askaoun, a small village near Taliouine, in Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Saffron flowers are laid on a table before the red stigma is separated, during harvest season in Askaoun, a small village near Taliouine, in Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Fatima Aït Tahadousht, 50, displays a basket of freshly collected Saffron flowers during harvest season in Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains.  (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Fatima Aït Tahadousht, 50, displays a basket of freshly collected Saffron flowers during harvest season in Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains.  (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Biya Tamir, 60, a villager who is part of a women Saffron cooperative, poses for a portrait during harvest season in Askaoun. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Biya Tamir, 60, a villager who is part of a women Saffron cooperative, poses for a portrait during harvest season in Askaoun. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
A family picks Saffron stigma shortly after harvesting during harvest season. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
A family picks Saffron stigma shortly after harvesting during harvest season. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
A family separates Saffron stigma from petals. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
A family separates Saffron stigma from petals. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
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