Afghan Dried Fruits & Saffron: The World’s Best

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Afghanistan is one of the leading producers of dried fruit & nuts in the world and the people have been in this business for generations, infused with their history and culture. Afghanistan produces some of the world’s tastiest fruits and nuts, and these high-value food products are in great demand in international markets. 

Similarly, the word saffron is said to be derived from the word “zarparan” in Dari language of Afghanistan, which means a flower with its stigma valued at the same price as gold. It is pronounced differently in different languages. In Pashto and Arabic it is pronounced as “Zaferan”, in Farsi and Turkish it is pronounce as “Zefrun”, in English Saffron, in Spanish “Azafran” and French “Safrane.”

Experts say saffron has been grown in Afghanistan, especially Herat province for the past 2,000 years. After decades of war, in 2002, Ministry of Agriculture along with international NGOs working in Afghanistan started distribution of Saffron corns to farmers as an alternative to poppy cultivation in provinces of Herat, Mazar-i Sharif, Baghlan, Kabul, Wardak, Bamyan and Logar. Today, Saffron is grown in over 26 provinces throughout Afghanistan and employs over 1,300 farmers with extended families.

AFGHANISTAN’S SAFFRON WAS AWARDED AND RECOGNIZED TO HAVE THE WORLD’S HIGHEST QUALITY BY INTERNATIONAL TASTE AND QUALITY INSTITUTE IN BRUSSELS IN 2013

 WHY AFGHAN DRIED FRUITS OR SAFFRON?

·         Globally acknowledged for quality, taste and alternative to poppy cultivation

·         To support a “socially conscious” industry

·         Support the British and European mission in Afghanistan against drugs

·         An act of saying thank you to all those who have lost their lives to make Afghanistan and the world a safer place

·         To create jobs, empower communities and promote democracy

BACCI is working to support Afghanistan’s Dried Fruit and Saffron industry by providing direct marketing and access to international markets in United Kingdom and across Europe. This bypasses the middle-men and increases the return on investment for the farmers, local producers and sustains a historical industry by creating more jobs and increasing profits.

If you are interested in the wholesale import and purchase of Afghan Dried Fruits and Nuts, please contact us: info@bacci.org.uk