Yes. We grow it in the laboratory. It’s very, very difficult to grow, it’s difficult to make it in large quantities. So if you try to grow it this way, I can’t say that’s what I would do.
Do you ever use saffron oils?
We don’t use it commercially.
How long has it been your business?
Since the late 1940s. I’m a small housewife.
Why is the market for saffron so small?
A lot of people think that it’s expensive; that they want to get rich. That’s not the case either; it’s more about quality and purity and purity of what is being sold.
How many jars of saffron go into one container?
We produce 400,000 jars a season, and that is not enough. I have to buy a lot of saffron – it’s all over the place.
Where do you get it?
We buy it from a large saffron manufacturer in Morocco who’s very well known in the saffron industry.
How is the saffron produced?
Well, I can’t tell you that. So I don’t like to keep secrets from you, and if we tell you about it, it’s because it’s a secret.
Is it easier to dye saffron than the traditional silk?
Yes, it’s very different; it’s actually not that different. The difference is that when you take a color from a flower and you dye it, you get a lot of color. When you dye a traditional silk, it takes a lot of time to process the silk and to make it to be a nice color. With saffron, you can take a lot of color and turn it into a very fine white, like a linen.
Is saffron like silk or not?
It’s probably a bit more luxurious, as a lot of people make it. With silk, people say, “We cannot wear so many silk jackets – you can wear two at once.” This saffron is pretty good with jackets and with dresses, it’s a nice fabric to wear. The problem with saffron is that it is rather delicate and fragile. There’s a lot to be said about this. Some people get it from small farms; I can’t tell you where. The most well known and highest quality producer is in Morocco.
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