My wife and I took a visit to Le Paradis du Safran last week which is set in the lush and fertile land near the town of Ourika. There are a couple of these Saffron places in the Ourika area but this one is a few kilometres before Ourika on the road from Marrakech and easily indicated by the big orange sign on the side of the road.
We timed our visit with the annual Saffron harvest which takes place each November and normally only lasts a few weeks.
What a wonderful place. The Swiss owner, Christine, was a wonderful host and gave us a guided tour of her land which included many species of exotic fruit trees as well as flowers and a medicinal herb garden. It seems anything can grow in Morocco and it was amazing to see Papaya trees laden with fruit!
The highlight was watching the Berber women harvesting the Saffron flowers. This all had to be done very early in the morning before the sun starts to get too hot for the flowers, so by 11:00 the women had finished the task of picking flowers for that day and then sat down to painstakingly remove the red stigmas from each plant one-by-one. They used the discarded petals to bedeck the car parking area and other parts of the garden.
I am not sure, but at this stage (late November) I would think the harvest may have finished but it is still a nice spot to visit to buy some Saffron or walk around the other parts of the garden.
I would highly recommend.
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