Saffron: a high maintenance love affair

Saffron production is a labour of love – a process so labour intensive that it is hardly surprising that the fiery coloured spice is the most expensive in the world.

Over the coming months, we will follow Marie, a saffron farmer from Espira de Conflent, as she takes us step by step on the fascinating journey from the crocus to your table.

Springtime (May – June)

It all begins with the ‘Crocus Sativus’ bulbs.


Each bulb is covered with layers that have to be peeled off until only one layer is left.

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Before and after…

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Bulbs are then graded into 4 different sizes

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 Size 1 : 11cm or more / Size 2 : 9 – 11cm / Size 3 : 8 – 9cm / Size 4 : 7 – 8cm


Find out more by clicking the link to watch the M6 report on our work (in French)

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