Historical accounts of Saffron cultivation in Kashmir dates back 550 AD, i.e. . nearly four centuries earlier to its recorded cultivation in Spain (Around 961AD). Presently major producing countries are India, Spain & Iran.
In India, Commercial saffron production is undertaken in J&K only. Where an area of over 10,000 hectare is reported under saffron Cultivation with an annual production of about 20,000 Kg of dried Saffron, It's being cultivation in some parts of Himachal Pradesh on experiment basis.