(Saffron is a bit expensive because only one pound of saffron is extracted from 100,000 flowers)
Only one ounce of All Red Saffron needs a lot of efforts, tough labor and picking more than 7,000 Purple Saffron Flowers. The red antenna of the flowers should be hand-picked individually and dried completely. The biggest problem in cultivating saffron crops is the quick nutrient depletion of the soil. In order to fully replenish it, other crops like beans or grains should be harvested and planted for 7-10 years. These problems contribute to the rarity of the saffron, thus leading to its limited production. Good thing, only a small amount of saffron is needed in cooking recipes that you will find on the Saffron Recipes and Tips section. Only a few grams are needed to provide flavor to several dishes (1 gram of saffron for about 24 servings).
Purchasing the purest and finest saffron has something to do with ignoring myths. This is the main reason why we would like you to know the most recent figures on the global saffron production: Italian Saffron – 100 kilos or less, Spanish Saffron – 1mt. or less, Kashmir Saffron – 2/3 mt., Moroccan Saffron 2/3 mt., Greek Saffron 5.7 mt., and Iranian Saffron 150/170 mt.