Why is saffron ridiculously expensive?
- Chef MarkLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Saffron is the stigmas from a crocus flower. There are three stigmas per flower which must be removed by hand. It takes about one thousand flowers to make one ounce of saffron. Thus it takes a lot of flowers and a lot of labor.
- COACHLv 51 decade ago
Saffron is the dried stamens from a certain crocus and must be harvested by hand a tedious and and expensive process. That makes it the most expensive spice in the world.
- 1 decade ago
saffron threads are the stamins from a crocus like plant. There are only a few of these per flower. when they are dried they lose weight...so how many flowers does it take to get an ounce of saffron....Thousands...Hence the expense.
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- eilishaaLv 61 decade ago
Because it HAS to be hand harvested. Also, it takes 50,000-75,000 flowers to make a pound of saffron, each flower has 3 stigmas.
- CobaltLv 41 decade ago
Saffon is made up of the stamens of a certain type of flower. (The yellow things inside the blossom that you can see in deep flowers like tulips or lillies.) It has to be harvested by hand. There isn't much per flower, either.
- marquieLv 51 decade ago
maybe the rarity of the product.
there is one called mexican saffron sold in arizona, that is less expenisive but you have to use a lot & doesn't work as well
- Shaun KLv 41 decade ago
Stamen of the Crocus flower- how would you like to go picking those for a living?
- Aggie80Lv 51 decade ago
Because it requires high amounts of manual labor to produce. Each flower only yields a single thread and they have to be pulled out by hand. And dried it takes an awful lot of them to make a measurable amount.