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Kashmiri saffron harvest

Kashmiri saffron harvest
A Kashmiri girl collects saffron flowers from a field in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar at the start of the season of cultivation of the prized crop in the valley. A shortage of rain is threatening the output of Indian Kashmir's prized saffron spice, which is reputed to be the best in the world. (Getty Images)
Kashmiri saffron harvest
An Indian Kashmiri farmer collects saffron at Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar. Many historians believe that it was in this region that the cultivation of the purple Crocus Sativus saffron flower first began. (Getty Images)
Kashmiri saffron harvest
Kashmiris pluck saffron flowers on a farm in Pampore south of Srinagar, Kashmir, India. Kashmiri saffron farmers are worried because of the yield of the saffron crop has been falling year after year, blaming changing climatic conditions for a 60-65 percent decrease in the yield for the last 15 years. (Getty Images)
Kashmiri saffron harvest
Kashmiris pluck saffron flowers on a farm in Pampore south of Srinagar, Kashmir, India. Saffron, the aromatic dried orange petals of the crocus flower, is used in pinches around the globe - and Kashmiri saffron is said by many cooks to be the best quality because of its pungent aroma and flavour. (Getty Images)
Kashmiri saffron harvest
A young Kashmiri boy plucks saffron flowers on a farm in Pampore south of Srinagar, Kashmir, India. (Getty Images)
Kashmiri saffron harvest
A Kashmiri girl collects saffron from their fields at Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Getty Images)
Kashmiri saffron harvest
Kashmiris pluck saffron flowers on a farm in Pampore south of Srinagar, Kashmir, India. (Getty Images)