- WildVedic Natural Bunch Kesar is also grown in Kashmir. Which is known for producing best quality saffron.
- The cultivation of saffron (Crocus Sativus) is peculiar and the legend about its introduction into Kashmir shows at any rate that it is an ancient industry. In the time of king Lalta Dit there was a famous physician in Padampur, the city founded by Lalta Dits minister, wazir Padam. A nag or water – God, fell sick of an eye complained and went to physician, who tried in vain to cure him. Baffled, the physician at last asked the water-God whether he was a man , and on finding out that he was a ‘nag’ he at once sew that the remedies applied to the nags eyes were nullified by the poisonous vapours which issued from the water-Gods mouth. He bound his eyes with a cloth and the nag was restored to health. In this gratitude the ‘nag’ gave the physician a bulb of saffron and the cultivation sprang up at Padampur, now known as Pampore.
- The flowers appear about the middle of October, and the purple blooms and the delicious, though somewhat overpowering sent of the saffron turn dry, uninviting plateau above Pampore into a rear and wonderful garden. Saffron is at present limited to the Karewas in the neighborhood of Pampore. In former days the men came from all parts of Kashmir to cultivate saffron on the Pampore and Karewas, but now, with the exception of a few men from Srinagar the cultivation is in the hands of local men.When the flowers are collected the rear work of extracting saffron commences, the three long stigmas are picked out by the hand and the picked stigmas are dried up the shadows of sunlight.