Saffron is a spice extracted from the light purple saffron crocus. Saffron is also called the “red gold” or the “king of all spices”. The spice gives color, aroma and a distinctive flavor to a dish. Its origins lies in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Iran is the largest producer of saffron with more than 94% of the total world production. The other 6% comes mainly from Turkey, Greece, Morocco and Spain. In Iran, saffron is produced in Ghayen, also known as the capital of saffron. Here is a supplier who has been there for 150 years. In order to guarantee traceability and quality, the saffron of Verstegen also comes from this supplier.