Saffron, Greece's 'red gold,' fuels trade in wilted economy

Greeks had been cultivating saffron for 3 centuries within the nation-state surrounding Krokos, which takes its identify from Crocus, the saffron flower. Alexander the Nice is claimed to have used it to heal fight wounds.

However till 2000, manufacturing was once restricted to 30 kg a yr for home intake, stated Nikos Patsiouras, who heads Greece’s Cooperative of Saffron.

That modified in 2008, when the disaster hit. Greece now produces about 4 tonnes a yr, 70 p.c of which matches in another country. The Cooperative has doubled its individuals from 494 to one,000. It additionally has larger its land from 592 acres in 2008 to one,349 acres.

“Numerous younger other folks discovered paintings within the fields — scientists,” Patsiouras stated. “I imagine extra will sign up for.”

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