It can take up to 250,000 flowers to make one pound of saffron spice, and even the price of saffron isn’t measured by stems of flowers, but by grams or ounces. I visited the Abruzzo region in Italy to find saffron in the fields of Navelli, in the province of L’Aquila. Navelli is about a two-hour-drive to east from Rome, and is known for the best saffron in Italy.
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