Harvesting Saffron in Birjand, Iran. . Each pound of saffron requires about 225,000 stigmas; at three per plant, that’s about 75,000 plants grown over an area the size of a football field. This one-pound harvest takes the better part of a week.
If you live in California, Florida, Hawaii, Texas, or Arizona, you might be seeing these rosy berries in backyards, parks, and farmers' markets. Did you know they're identical or very similar to the expensive pink peppercorns sold commercially?
* Fat container, Himba, Namibia. Made of cow horn. Fat containers store a combination of ochre and butterfat, used to adorn the body. These traditional ochre and butterfat containers are a necessary accessory for all Himba women. Women collect the gum of the omazumba shrub (Commiphora multijuga) to perfume the butterfat and the bark of the omumbara (Commiphora virgata) to grind into an aromatic powder to mix with the ochre before smearing it on their bodies.