TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iran exported nearly $95 million of saffron in retail packages over the first nine months of Iranian calendar year (started on March 21, 2014), showing 12 percent rise comparing to similar period last year.
Iran sold over 100 tons of saffron worth $94.4 million in 10-30 gram packages during the period, comprising 0.37 percent of the country’s whole exports.
Iran exported saffron for $1468 per each kilogram.
The country sold $84.2 million of saffron in retail packages during similar period last year.
Iran accounts for around 96 percent of the world’s total saffron production. The country exports saffron to 46 countries, including European and the Persian Gulf countries.
Around 300 tons of saffron, which is a spice derived from the flower of the saffron crocus, are produced worldwide each year, with Iran, Spain, India, Greece, Azerbaijan, Morocco and Italy accounting for the largest shares.
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