Saffron is a prized cookery and natural medicine ingredient.
Saffron is cultivated in the Siroua Mountains of Southern Morocco. The region is prosperous and famous due to this valuable crop.
With a value greater than that of gold per gram this little flower really does hold hidden treasure.
Saffron is the stamens of a crocus. Just three small pieces are within each flower. When the crop is ready to harvest the whole flower head is gathered at dawn while it remains closed.
The stamens are protected inside the closed petals. The saffron is then removed delicately by hand to ensure that it is not damaged.
Small pots and jars of dried saffron are available to buy in the spice markets of Marrakech.
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