Highly-prized spice for the picking

Kashmiri villagers picking saffron flowers in a field in Pampore, about 25km south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Pampore is famous for its high-quality saffron, which is used as a seasoning and colouring agent in food. A kilogram
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Kashmiri villagers picking saffron flowers in a field in Pampore, about 25km south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Pampore is famous for its high-quality saffron, which is used as a seasoning and colouring agent in food. A kilogram of saffron can cost anything from S$1,270 to over S$14,000, depending on the grade and other factors. Kashmir is the only place in India, and one of the few places in the world, where the world's most expensive spice grows.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2015, with the headline 'Highly-prized spice for the picking'. Print Edition | Subscribe