Pampore in Kashmir, is famous the world over for its high grade saffron. Pampore and its neighboring areas produce an average of 2,128 kilograms of saffron every year.
In Kashmir, saffron is normally sown in August and till the 15th of September. The flowers are plucked in October and November. During harvesting or plucking of flowers, the atmosphere must not be hot. So, this process is completed early in the morning.
From sunrise to 10 AM is perceived the ideal time for flower plucking. After harvesting, the flowers are kept for drying for 5 days.
Afterwards, they are kept in an airy container so that the quality of the produce does not deteriorate. Now-a-days solar drier is also used. It takes only seven, eight hours to dry the produce.
Locally, one kilogram saffron consists of around one lakh sixty thousand to one lakh seventy thousand tiny flowers.
Saffron is considered the world’s costliest spice.
Saffron is famous for its aroma, medicinal, dyeing and cosmetic purposes.
Saffron Blooms In Kashmir. Photo: Abid Bhat / KO