Saffron Farming Goes Beyond Pampore, Poonch In J&K Now Grows One Of World’s Most Expensive Spices

by Tejashee Kashyap
Saffron Farming Goes Beyond Pampore, Poonch In J&K Now Grows One Of World’s Most Expensive Spices

Nestled in the picturesque valley of Kashmir, saffron farming has been an integral part of the region’s cultural heritage for centuries. Pampore, a quaint town in the heart of Kashmir, holds the esteemed title of being the saffron capital of India. Now, Poonch, a town in Jammu and Kashmir, would also be one of the locations for saffron cultivation.

Saffron Farming In Poonch

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The history of saffron cultivation in Pampore can be traced back to centuries ago. Over the centuries, Pampore emerged as the epicentre of saffron farming in the Kashmir valley. It is grown in Kashmir, India, and is picked during the first two weeks of November when the blossoms bloom.

The town of Pampore, which is close to Srinagar, is where most of the saffron is farmed. According to a story published on Sunday by the Press Trust of India (PTI), saffron may now be grown in Poonch, a town in Jammu and Kashmir as well.

This choice was made after a five-year pilot study by the Jammu School of Biotechnology, which carried out tests in Pampore and other areas of Kashmir with comparable climatic circumstances. Finally, the university chose Poonch as one of the probable locations for cultivating the spice during a farmer’s awareness meeting held on Sunday.

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The Fragrant Heritage In J&K

Saffron Farming
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The spice is in high demand since it gives a delicate flavour and a brilliant orange colouring. Kashmir’s unique climate and soil conditions create the perfect environment for cultivating this precious spice, making it one of the finest saffron-producing regions globally.

While saffron farming in Kashmir has a rich history, it faces certain challenges in the modern era. Climate change, unpredictable weather patterns, and competition from other saffron-producing regions are some of the primary concerns for farmers.

Saffron farming plays a vital role in the economy of Kashmir. The craft has been passed down through generations. Today, saffron remains a symbol of cultural and economic significance for the people of Kashmir. Additionally, initiatives to promote saffron-based tourism have been taken to raise awareness about the craft and boost the local economy.

Have you been to any saffron farm?

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