Saffron is the most expensive spices in the world and there are a number of reasons why it is so. Here is a list or reasons:
Country of Origin
A lot of counterfeiters and fraudsters start their scheme at the origin of the saffron. With Spanish saffron being twice as expensive as Iranian saffron, a lot of companies choose to counterfeit their saffron as Spanish. As you know, Spain re-export Iranian Saffron. In regards with this issue, there are a lot of manufacturing issues that come up because of the inequality in manpower wages between the two countries and also other production costs.
Tip to consumer: Always make sure that the saffron you are buying has a seal of origin and certain certificates to prove its authenticity.
Naturally, lower priced saffron has lower quality as higher priced saffron. According to the ISO standard, the best quality saffron is the Class I. Having said this since it is the best type of saffron, it is also more expensive than Class II or Class III saffron. Always keep an open mind when buying expensive spices. Check on the seal to make sure that you are dealing with the real thing.
Saffron is expensive to deal with because it goes through a lot of middle men and acting companies. Then each one wants its profit. For example, the following point give a brief overview of how expensive saffron is
Saffron price in Supermarket (Online & Offline): Quality control in the “normal Iranian saffron” which is partially declared as Spanish or other countries. For 1 gram of saffron, it would cost about 7 to 15 USD. EURO (30 EURO per gram).
Tip to wholesalers: if you buy saffron 1 gr directly from IRAN, It will cost you between 2 to 3 USD per gr. Our saffron has very good quality and it is usually premium Iranian saffron. Our minimum order is 3 kg.
we try to offer good quality saffron for a very reasonable price and the quality is often better than that most saffron. Our product is year saffron. It means, we do not use the saffron that has produce in the last years. Decide wisely before making a decision on where to get your saffron because more than 95% saffron comes from IRAN. If you need more information Contact us.