saffron price

Most expensive spice

Generally, there is a lot of ideas about the most highest price for spice over the world. For instance, most expensive spicy harvested in Austria is a  Peruvian chili known as Charapita. And, price of this yellow spicy is around 26,000 USD per kilogram. Also, you could find Vanilla, Cardamom, Clove, Cinnamon, Turmeric as expensive species.

Anyway, professionals in this industry ranked Saffron as the most expensive spice over the world. In this regard, saffron price depends on the saffron quality and for 1 Kilogram it costs  3500 to 160000 USD!!!

Undoubtedly, this price depends on origin, purity, and type of offered saffron. So, In this page we will discuss all issues related to saffron price. specially, Persian saffron price

Saffron Threads, oil or powder?

Indeed, for people that don’t have enough information about saffron, there is a question about saffron price: “Is it the Saffron Oil, Powder, or Threads price?

Generally, anywhere you see only “saffron price”, it belong to saffron threads.

Admittedly, there is different types of saffron threads those have different prices. We talked about the different types of saffron threads here. In this case, Please note that for saffron oil and saffron powder, sellers should mention “oil” and “powder” words, respectively. Anyway, we do not suggest buying saffron oil or saffron powder. Because it is very hard to identify pure saffron oil or saffron powder from fake ones.

Saffron price per ounce or per gram?

In fact, people in different countries use different units for weight measurement. For Saffron, Gram and Ounce are most popular units. While, Gram is an international unit (SI unit) and Ounce is an “Imperial unit” for weight and mass measurement.

Generally, Ounce is popular in United Kingdom and Gram is using in other regions of world.

As you know, 1 Once is equal to 28.35 Grams. Therefore, when you are considering the saffron price, please note the weight unit.

Saffron price chart

Obviously, saffron price depends on different items like country, Origin, Brand, type, quality, quantity, etc. Here, you could find the saffron price for one gram Negin type in different countries.


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Saffron price 2020, Saffron price 2019, Saffron price 2018, saffron price 2017.

How Saffron grows?

saffron farm

saffron farm

Indeed, most of saffron farmers use the traditional method to grow saffron. Anyway, there is other ways to grow this expensive plant. Hence, you could find in Internet by searching “how to grow saffron indoors”, “how to grow saffron in pots” , and so on.

However, most important items to harvest saffron is weather and soil. Notably, This two items make the saffron quality of each region Specific to that region.

For example, its very hard to achieve Persian saffron characteristics by harvesting saffron in Spain, and so on. But, if you create same situation in Greenhouse, its not impossible.

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Accordingly, Its proved that best soil to harvest saffron belong to east part of Persian lands, known as Khorasan Province. That is to say, cities of this province are best saffron crocus growing zones. In this region, saffron harvest season starts at middle of autumn and last for 30-40 days. Anyway, the exact time of harvest differs city to city of this region. At this time, you could buy saffron plant that named saffron crocus or Crocus Sativus, or Autumn Crocus. Saffron plant price in Persian lands is around 6-8 USD per kilogram.

If you like to harvest saffron, note that 1 kilogram saffron flower will give you 10 grams all red saffron.


Why saffron price is so high?

If you know the process of saffron production, you will find that why saffron is so expensive:

  • Firstly, Saffron farm should rest at the end of harvest season up to start of next harvest season.
  • Secondly, It is not possible to harvest any other plant during the rest period of saffron farm.
  • In addition, Each Saffron corn should be planted by human hand one by one.
  • moreover, 2-3 saffron flower will grow from each saffron corn.
  • Each saffron flower should pick up by human hand delicately.
  • Concurrently, Humans separate saffron threads from saffron flower by hand and very accurately.
  • Each saffron flower gives three threads of red-white saffron.
  • After driving saffron threads from saffron flower, red part will separate from white part.
  • Finally, separated red and withe parts, will dried in a dark and dry place.
  • Last but not least,To have 8-10 gram all red saffron, this process should pass for 1-kilogram saffron flower.

In summary, it is a long term and time-consuming process with many human resources.

That is why other herbs could not replace saffron and its price is so high.

Where to buy saffron?

If you live in Persian lands, best place to buy Persian saffron is nearest super market. Probably 100 meter. But, if you live in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, or East Asia, there is 1-3 store in your city that have saffron. Therefore, you should pass a long way to find probably one kind of saffron, very expensive.

At the same time, Thanks to internet, you easily could search “buy saffron online” and find many stores with many exciting offers for different types of saffron.

 Wholesale and retail Saffron price?

Like other products, wholesale price is lower than retail saffron price. Therefore, Whenever you looking for saffron in online shops, note the price per gram. Generally, price per gram decrease by increase in saffron amount. For example, in our saffron shop “”, you will pay 4.32 Euro per gram when you buy 3-gram package. While, you will pay 2.99 Euro per gram when you order 100-gram package. Around 50% decrease. Moreover, there is always free options like Free Fast Shipping for wholesale orders.

How to eat saffron

Finally, We do warn you to do not eat pure saffron alone. Because this would have many side effects. While, You could use saffron to fragrant foods, drinks and deserts. Now, you could find a lot of recipes here and find the answer of “how to use saffron?”


Saffron price in other point of view

Ninety-five percent of the world’s “red gold” saffron is produced and exported in Iran, so saffron spice price is mostly determined in Iran. Unbelievably saffron is traditionally grown in Khorasan province, a region in the northeast of Iran with ideal subtropical climates with mild winters and hot and dry summers. Saffron is a valuable spice in the Zagros Mountains so saffron price is high.

Saffron spice price

Saffron spice is one of the spices known since ancient times for its color, taste and medicinal properties. 75000 saffron blossoms are needed to produce one kg of saffron spice. Saffron is usually harvested by hand. Due to the difficulty of harvesting saffron, saffron spice is one of the most expensive plants in the world. When a farmer’s saffron rating is determined based on its coloring power, the selling saffron spice price is determined.

Persian saffron price

Iran is in a special place with the production of 95% of the world’s saffron. About 6,000 hectares of the country’s agricultural land is devoted to persian saffron productiom and more than 70% of this crop is exported, so investing in this area will be very profitable. Saffron price is determined daily like gold price.

Since the saffron spice is divided into several different categories, so saffron spice price varies: “Usually 105.4 kg of saffron flowers gives us one kg of saffron. Negin persian saffron is the most expensive type of saffron spice and of course has more customers in foreign countries. If we want to sell Negin saffron, negin saffron price wil be at least 3,000 $ per kilogram. While Saffronir team made it possible for the people around the world, to buy the best negin saffron online, with the cheapest price directly from Persian land. Other types of saffron, like sargol saffron are cheaper, but in general, the saffron spice price is like gold, and it is popular to sell saffron per grams, but Persian saffron price is changeable every year.

The persin saffron price varies depending on the quality of the saffron, the type of saffron, the package of saffron, the city where the saffron is bought and the amount of saffron spice.

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