Afghanistan Box: Saffron, 5g
Saffron from the Silk Road
Conflictfood saffron is cultivated using traditional methods and is hand-picked by an independent women’s collective in Afghanistan. To collect just one kilo of “Red Gold”, an incredible 200,000 crocus flowers must be harvested and their three fragrant threads removed and dried. The intense, yet light, flavor of the saffron with its salty, earthy tones are what gives rice dishes, desserts and pastries a rich, golden-yellow coloring.
Your Afghanistan Box includes:
• 5g saffron threads
• Resealable metal tube
• “Voices of Afghanistan” journal
• Recipe and information cards
• Handmade box
The reusable box is handmade by “Die Schachtelmacher”, a workshop for people with disabilities, in Berlin Kreuzberg, Germany. The box itself is finished to a very high quality and, along with the journal and information cards, makes the ideal gift for friends and family.
Where does it come from?
Where opium plants once grew, an independent women’s collective now cultivates Conflictfood saffron. The collective is based in the province of Herat in Western Afghanistan, a region which is often referred to as the “Cradle of Saffron” and has been certified three times as the Best Growing Region Worldwide. Products sourced from Afghanistan stand virtually no chance on the world trading market. Producers are faced with many problems; partly relating to international trading regulations and the inefficient processing of raw materials, but mostly that, despite the quality of a product, traders are often reluctant to travel to Afghanistan due to the ongoing conflict.
This opportunity provided by Conflictfood to bring saffron into the European market offers this women’s collective – and Afghanistan as a whole – more economic possibilities and peaceful prospects.
What’s the social impact?
The women’s collective is paid fairly, directly and on-site by Conflictfood without any intermediaries. This money is used for daily expenses, to send their children to school and is also invested back into obtaining saffron bulbs for the next harvest season. In this way, long term trading relationships can be created.
The taste of peace!
Conflictfood engages in fair and direct trade with small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs in conflict regions. Direct trading helps to strengthen local structures and create long-term economic stability which tackles the causes of migration at the root.
We travel in search of local delicacies which reflect the identity of the land and its people. Our journey uses social enterprise to challenge the way we think about our own consumption and how we relate to today’s global challenges. Consumption is always political. Choose Conflictfood – the taste of peace!