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Updated on: Monday, November 01, 2021, 03:59 PM IST

In Photos: Jammu and Kashmir dons a colourful aura as 'saffron' harvesting begins

Kashmiris pluck saffron flowers as they take part in the harvest at a farm in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir. | Sajad Hameed

Kashmiris pluck saffron flowers as they take part in the harvest at a farm in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir. | Sajad Hameed

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The state of Jammu and Kashmir is well-known across the globe for 'Saffron', a spice that enhances various cuisines.

Saffron has been cultivated in the valley for hundreds of years. Today, Kashmir is India's prime producer of saffron. It is mainly harvested in fields in Pampore close to Srinagar, capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Owing to this, Pampore is also known as ‘Saffron Town’.

Saffron, derived from the crocus flower is one of the most popular spices used for colouring. It is widely used in the preparation of 'Kehwa', the popular Kashmiri saffron tea. Saffron extracts have various uses like adding fragrance to perfumes, dyeing clothes, etc.

Here's a look at the harvest of saffron in the fields of Pampore.

Young Kashmiri boys carry baskets full of harvested saffron flowers in a field in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir.

Young Kashmiri boys carry baskets full of harvested saffron flowers in a field in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir. | Sajad Hameed

Kashmiri family members gather saffron flowers in a field in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiri family members gather saffron flowers in a field in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir. | Sajad Hameed

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A young Kashmiri boy holds a basket full of harvested saffron flowers as he poses for a picture in a field in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir.

A young Kashmiri boy holds a basket full of harvested saffron flowers as he poses for a picture in a field in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir. | Sajad Hameed

Kashmiris pluck saffron flowers as they take part in the harvest at a farm in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiris pluck saffron flowers as they take part in the harvest at a farm in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir. | Sajad Hameed

Kashmiri women take part in the harvesting of saffron flowers in a field in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiri women take part in the harvesting of saffron flowers in a field in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir. | Sajad Hameed

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The state of Jammu and Kashmir is well-known across the globe for 'Saffron', a spice that enhances various cuisines.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is well-known across the globe for 'Saffron', a spice that enhances various cuisines. | Sajad Hameed

Saffron is mainly harvested in fields in Pampore close to Srinagar, capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Owing to this, Pampore is also known as ‘Saffron Town’.

Saffron is mainly harvested in fields in Pampore close to Srinagar, capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Owing to this, Pampore is also known as ‘Saffron Town’. | Sajad Hameed

A young Kashmiri boy holds a basket full of harvested saffron flowers as he plucks flowers in a field in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir.

A young Kashmiri boy holds a basket full of harvested saffron flowers as he plucks flowers in a field in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir. | Sajad Hameed

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Kashmiris pluck saffron flowers as they take part in the harvest at a farm in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiris pluck saffron flowers as they take part in the harvest at a farm in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir. | Sajad Hameed

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Published on: Monday, November 01, 2021, 03:56 PM IST
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