The village of Taliouine in the Souss region of south-west of Morocco is known for its large production of Crocus plants that yield small stamen known as saffron. Saffron is an important cash crop for thousands of people in this remote part of Morocco in the Anti-Atlas mountains. Morocco is one of the largest producers of top quality saffron which is exported to markets around the world and generates income of around $8 million.Harvesting saffron is a manual process and farmers typically involve all members of their families in the hard work during the short season. It takes about 150,000 flowers to produce one single kilogram of saffron.I had an excellent local guide Said from the Escale Rando Kasbah in Taliouine http://www.escalerando.com/ An early start is required to get to the harvest areas just after sunrise.
For many years Morocco has been under international pressure to phase out the use of illegal driftnets which account for the capture of thousands of sharks and dolphins. Is it still going on?
A selection of very colourful shoes on sale at a shop in Essouria, Morocco. The shoes are made from raffia dyed locally in a selection of vibrant colours. Raffia is made from the fibres of the doum palm imported from Corsica.
The Souks are narrow streets, some covered and dark, some open-air comprising the colorful, highly exclusive handicrafts workshops and bazaars for which Marrakech is so well known.
A herb and spice merchant poses proudly outside his shop in Essaouria, Morocco.