Kashmiri Saffron Fields



Wrapped in shawls, Kashmiris walk through carefully tended fields of purple crocus flowers to inspect their most prized cash crop. Inside each delicate flower are three tiny thread-like stamen recognized as saffron--the world’s most expensive spice. Kashmir valley is one of only a few terrains where saffron is cultivated. It is used both as a subtle flavoring in cooking and as a natural dye for the region’s famed handwoven carpets.

Pampore, Jammu & Kashmir


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