Production of saffron in Turkey

S. Kırıcı, B. Sevindik, Y. Yalçın Mendi
Crocus genus is an important crop for Turkey which is represented by nearly 91 taxa in Iridaceae family. Crocus sativus L. is one of the most significant taxa in genus Crocus. C. sativus L. (saffron) is cultivated for its spice known as the most expensive spice in the world. Saffron is used in varied products as Turkish delight and some local food such as zerde dessert, medicines and cosmetics. Saffron is cultured commonly in Safranbolu province in Turkey and annually 30 kg saffron spices are produced in Turkey. Besides, the production of saffron is enlarged to different location at the recent times especially at eastern Taurus Mountains and South eastern part of Turkey. In this review, saffron production, cultivation and researches in Turkey were edited and reported.
Kırıcı, S., Sevindik, B. and Yalçın Mendi, Y. (2020). Production of saffron in Turkey. Acta Hortic. 1287, 403-410
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2020.1287.52
Crocus sativus L., cultivation, spice, Crocus, Safranbolu

Acta Horticulturae