Harvested saffron bulbs will be brought to the ground next month.
Hasan Artan, together with his wife Sevim Artan, started to grow the saffron plant in Edirne, which he saw in Safranbolu, where he went for a tour 4 years ago. Increasing succeeded in a short period of time in saffron cultivation, which he started for trial purposes in an area of 100 square meters, and now cultivates in an area of 400 square meters.
Developing saffron production, which he started as a hobby, the producer aims to help Thrace farmers in saffron planting. Stating that saffron provides a pleasant harmony to Edirne’s climate, Increasing said that he has been growing healthy and pleasant saffron for 4 years and that he has achieved a great yield.
“USED IN MANY AREAS”
Stating that the saffron plant is used in many fields such as medicine, cosmetics, food and paint, Artan said, “The area where I am planting now consists of an area of 400 square meters. Saffron cultivation is very laborious and the cost is usually high. You have to start with little and progress slowly. If we do it this way, it will be longer-term. It is not a very difficult task in my opinion, but it can vary from person to person. First, we harvested the onion. It will be planted by August 15. What we planted in September begins to grow. It begins to bloom after October 20. It blooms every day for a month. These flowers are collected and dried one by one every day.
“I WANT SAFFRA TO EXPAND”
Stating that he could obtain 800 grams or 1 kilogram of saffron from an acre of land, Artan said, “Last year, it was sold for 60-70 thousand per kilo, but I did not produce and sell too much. If it is grown without pesticides, if it is organic, prices may vary. I’m trying to spread saffron. Since I work alone, I cannot plant a lot of fields, but I try to help those who want to plant.”
The flower harvest of the purple-colored, fragrant saffron plant, which is left to grow after planting, is done in October-November.