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Lovemoney Logo By Anna Tobin of Lovemoney | Slide 2 of 30: In most parts of the world crocuses are the pretty flowers that pop up in gardens during early spring. In Iran these delicate blooms are like gold dust. They are grown as a crop and their stigma are harvested and dried to make the spice saffron, which is used in cooking and medicine. Each stigma is picked by hand and it can take over 15,000 blooms to produce 100g of saffron, which is why it is the world's priciest spice. In the first nine months of 2017, Iran exported 147.2 tons of saffron.

Iran is the world's biggest exporter of saffron

In most parts of the world crocuses are the pretty flowers that pop up in gardens during early spring. In Iran these delicate blooms are like gold dust. They are grown as a crop and their stigma are harvested and dried to make the spice saffron, which is used in cooking and medicine. Each stigma is picked by hand and it can take over 15,000 blooms to produce 100 grams of saffron, which is why it is the world's priciest spice. In the first nine months of 2017, Iran exported 147.2 tons of saffron.
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