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Unveiling the Art of Harvesting Crocus Bulbs: A Glimpse into Herat, Afghanistan - Heray Spice
Oct 11, 2023
In the heart of Afghanistan, the ancient city of Herat comes alive each autumn with a vibrant display of saffron flowers, heralding the beginning of a meticulous and cherished tradition. The delicate process of extracting the Corpus bulbs, the precious red stigmas of the Crocus Sativus flower, is a labor-intensive craft passed down through generations. Herat's saffron farmers, armed with baskets and nimble hands, venture into the fields at dawn to carefully pluck each saffron flower, ensuring the invaluable stigmas remain unharmed. The art of saffron extraction, revered for its pure, hands-on nature, is a testament to the dedication and patience of the region's farmers. With the sun as their ally, the stigmas are gently sun-dried to perfection. It's here, in the embrace of nature and tradition, that the world's most coveted spice, saffron, is born.