Saffron is a spice documented as long ago as the seventh century B.C. and is derived from the Crocus Sativus, or saffron crocus, which is not found in the wild and is assumed to be a descendant of a crocus variety originating in Crete. Saffron is native to Greece and parts of Asia, and today Greece, Spain, India and Iran produce the majority of the world's supply.
The most expensive spice in the world
Although the saffron crocus is easy to cultivate, it is the intensive labour required for harvesting and the low plant-to-product ratio that makes saffron so expensive.
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