China topped the list of major saffron buyers from Iran in the seven months to October 22, showed figures by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) despite a fall in sales of the lucrative spice this calendar year.
Iranian saffron farmers exported nearly 325 tons of products worth over $190 million to 60 foreign countries during the past Iranian year which ended on March 20, said the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).
Just before the dawn, the delicate flowers adjust their lilac petals with great care. Timidly bloomed overnight, they wait to make everyone memorize their fragrance and intact self-exposure. Every autumn comes when the cold breeze caresses dry fields of northeastern Iran to wake up the magical seeds of saffron for a new purple feast. Saffron, the most expensive spice and food in the world, has a great fame for its appetizing aroma and golden hue.
Iran exported over 192 tons of saffron worth $117.5 million during the first eight months of the current Iranian year (Mar. 20-Nov. 20), announced the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) on Tuesday.
A member of Iranian Parliament’s Economic Committee said on Sunday that the plan to establish the Organization of Saffron Exporting Countries (OSEC) will change the country's stock market into the main reference for price of saffron in the world.
Iranian saffron exporters are mulling an international bloc of countries involved in the trade of the red gold as they become increasingly irritated with the European monopoly over benchmarking and standardization processes that exist in the field.