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Saffron - The Search For The Red Gold
Mysterious and valuable: Saffron. No plant is more valuable on the international market.
The Crocus sativus, commonly known as saffron crocus, or autumn crocus, is a species of flowering plant of the Crocus genus in the Iridaceae family. It is best known for the spice saffron, which is produced from parts of the flowers. Human cultivation of saffron crocus and use of saffron is known to have taken place for more than 3,500 years and spans different cultures, continents, and civilizations.
Since hundreds of years the best Saffron comes from hard-to-reach areas in the east of Iran. Very close to the border with Afghanistan. Only a few people travel to this area. The German Christoph Hanke is one of them. In the footsteps of Marco Polo, he tries to buy the valuable part of the plant for European chefs. A journey full of dangers and risks, many people fake saffron, and there is a lot of money in the game.
Germany, Iran, Islamic Republic of, United Arab Emirates