Photograph of the saffron flower

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saffron

In Spain, an acre of land yields about 10.5 pounds of saffron annually.

Grade Description
1
2
3 At least 28 mm of stigma and 22 mm of style; tough fiber; dark red color
4 At least 25 mm of stigma; good color and odor.
5 Good
6 Less than 20 mm of stigma OR lacking aroma, color strength

 

Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce.
Daily Consular and Trade Reports.
Nos. 75-151; Volume 2; April, May and June 1913.
Washington: U.S.G.P.O., 1913.
Page 137. Report 81, April 8, 1913.

Pat Willard.
Secrets of Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the Wrold's Most Seductive Spice.
Boston: Beacon Press, 2001.

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