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Chapter 38 Chapter 38: Kashmiri Saffron Fields
Kashmiri Saffron Fields

Kashmiri Saffron Fields

Kashmiri Saffron Fields

In the whole world, there are only two or three places where saffron grows. Kashmir is one of these places. There are two locations in Kashmir where saffron grows. 

About nine miles from Srinagar, there is a place called Pampur. Near Pampur on the banks of the Vitasta (Jehlum) there is a village called Vih. Behind it there are small mountains. It is here, in Vih, that saffron grows. However, the saffron trade takes place in Pampur. In addition to Pampur, there is also a place in Kishtwar where saffron grows.

Saffron plants are about three inches high. They have very attractive light purple flowers. The dried stigmas of these flowers become saffron. It is very difficult to take care of a saffron field.

Saffron flowers look very attractive in the fields. Laborers sing while working in these fields. On moonlit nights (in ), people visit Pampur to enjoy (the beauty of) the saffron fields. 

Saffron does not only add to the ch.mp3 of Kashmir, but is also monetarily profitable. Each year about sixty maunds of saffron are grown in Pampur. This brings an income to Kashmir which runs into lakhs of rupees. Perhaps that is why the Kashmiris call saffron fields 'baskets of gold'.

There are several uses for saffron inside and outside Kashmir. The Kashmiri Pandits and many other Hindus put a caste mark of saffron on their foreheads.  The Kashmiri Panditanis also have a saffron caste mark. However, the main use of saffron is for cooking meat and pilav. Some people also use it for rice-pudding (khi:r) and halva        (). Saffron adds color and fragrance. That is why people who enjoy good food value it.

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