Saffron harvest has started in Safranbolu district of Karabük. The miracle plant, which is used in the food, medicine and clothing sectors and is sold ₺60 thousand per kilogram, is produced on an area of 53 decares.
Harvest of the saffron plant, unique to Safranbolu district of Karabük, has begun. Saffron is produced on an area of 53 decares by approximately 20 farmers in the district. The flowers of saffron, which are used in many industries such as painting, cosmetics, medicine and food. Saffron can dye a liquid up to 100 thousand times of its weight to yellow. 80 thousand flowers can only produce half a kilogram of Saffron.
HARVEST TAKES 45 DAYS
İsmail Yılmaz, a saffron producer at Yukarıçiftlik village, said:
“We have been producing saffron on an area of close to 27 decares for 6 years. It started to bloom as of October 1st this year. Our harvest period continues for 45 days. We collect flowers until the 15-20th of November. At the end of the harvest, we expect 20-25 kilograms of product this year. The kilogram price will be around ₺60 thousand.”
Noting that tourists also show interest in the saffron field thus the flower contributing to Safranbolu’s tourism, Yılmaz said: “A lot of Arab tourists started to come to our region. They are very fond of saffron. They come from countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai, and Bahrain to buy saffron.”