• Saffron inhibits growth of cancer cells: study 2022-02-20 18:40

    Saffron inhibits growth of cancer cells: study

    TEHRAN – Researchers at Birjand University have obtained significant and effective results from the extracts of saffron petals and threads cultured organically to prevent the growth of cancer cells.

  • Saffron 2022-02-16 09:43

    Monthly saffron export down 63% on year

    TEHRAN- Iran’s export of saffron fell 63 percent in the previous Iranian calendar month (ended on January 20), as compared to the same month of the past year, a board member of Iran’s National Saffron Council told ILNA.

  • Ground broken for national museum of ‘red god’ 2021-12-14 21:16

    Ground broken for national museum of ‘red gold’

    TEHRAN – Construction of a long-awaited national museum of saffron officially began on Thursday with a ground-breaking ceremony in the northeastern Qaenat region which is famed for its ‘red gold’.

  • Saffron harvest in Khuzestan 2021-12-10 14:15

    Saffron harvest in Khuzestan

    A young girl is picking saffron flowers in a rural district in southwestern Khuzestan province, December 7. Iranian saffron is known as the “red gold”. Every year, the saffron harvest season begins in early November. Major saffron producers of Iran are located on the east side of the country. The country exported $60 million of saffron during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-October 22).

  • Lavish gifts: 10 souvenir ideas your family & friends will love 2021-08-29 19:00

    Lavish gifts: 10 souvenir ideas your family & friends will love

    TEHRAN - Tired of bringing home the same old magnets and postcards from your trips? On your next trip to Iran, bring home something they’ll (or you’ll) not only love but also be able to make good use of.

  • گیاهان دارویی 2021-01-03 17:45

    Cultivating medicinal plants on pastures to be developed

    TEHRAN – The Forests, Range, and Watershed Management Organization has prepared a plan for cultivating medicinal plants on 50,000 hectares area of pastures across the country.

  • Saffron farming 2020-12-06 22:09

     ‘Red gold’ farming to amplify tourism in southwestern Iran

    TEHRAN- Saffron farming has been amplified in the tourist areas of the southwestern Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province with the aim of developing agritourism in the region. 

  • Farmers harvesting ‘red gold’ in northeast Iran  2020-10-27 11:46

    Farmers harvesting ‘red gold’ in northeast Iran 

    Photo depicts a farmer is pouring the newly-picked flowers of saffron crocus, commonly known as the red gold, into a sack in northeastern North Khorasan province, October 26, 2020. 

  • saffron 2020-10-03 15:41

    Over $238m of facilities to be allocated for supporting saffron industry

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Planning and Budget Organization (PBO) has signed a multilateral memorandum of understanding (MOU) with three of the country’s banks on the allocation of 10 trillion rials (about $238.09 million) for supporting the saffron industry.

  • Iranian cuisine: Morasa Polo  2020-09-25 21:03

    Iranian cuisine: Morasa Polo 

    Morasa Polo (Jewelled Rice) is an eye-catching Persian rice dish, which boasts an amalgam of delightful sweet and sour taste. To make it, vegetable materials such as carrots, almonds, raisins have been used.

  • saffron 2020-08-31 15:10

    TPO sets up special task force on saffron trade

    TEHRAN- The head of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) said that the organization has set up a special task force on the trade of saffron, the TPO portal published on Monday.

  • Survey to examine role of saffron in tourism development 2020-08-04 18:27

    Survey to examine role of saffron in tourism development

    TEHRAN – A case study is being carried out on the central city of Natanz to find out how saffron farming may contribute to the development of agritourism in the region.

  • Agritourism may shorten way to materialize 'Surge in Production’ 2020-05-16 18:03

    Agritourism may shorten way to materialize 'Surge in Production’

    TEHRAN - Agritourism, a relatively new branch of the travel industry in which tourists stay with local people in rural areas abroad, is deemed as a means to materialize the national goal of 'Surge in Production’.

  • Meet Iranian farmers who harvest ‘red gold’ 2019-11-23 11:19

    Photo: Hossein Sadri

    Meet Iranian farmers who harvest ‘red gold’

    A photo collection depicts Iranian farmers and workers who have launched a harvesting campaign of saffron in Khorasan region, northwest Iran, November 20, 2019. They usually reap the harvest during October and November and mostly around dawn to ensure the highest quality. Often referred to as the “red gold”, saffron is the world’s most expensive spice that is obtained from the stigmas of the Crocus flower. The golden-colored stigmas are dried and used as a spice to flavor foods and as a dye to color foods and other products.

  • Saffron 2019-11-01 15:00

    Saffron harvest underway in western Iran

    Farmers in western province of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari are harvesting saffron from around 200 hectares of land under cultivation. The harvest season begins in mid-October and continues till early November.

  • saffron 2019-10-20 18:33

    Annual saffron output to reach 430 tons by Mar. 2020

    TEHRAN- Production of saffron in Iran will reach 430 tons in the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 19, 2020), according to an official in the Ministry of Agriculture.