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It all started 3 generations ago.... Darush Amiri's family is originally from Iran (Mashhad) where his grandfather already successfully farmed saffron. Darush's grandfather passed on the saffron knowledge to his father, Ahmad Dolatabadi, who continued the tradition. In 2001 Darush came to the United States. In 2005 he met his future wife, Nicole Beretha, who is originally from Germany and a family of cherry farmers. They had a challenging start to their 2007 marriage with Darush battling leukemia twice. Finally declared cancer free, the German-Iranian couple now have 2 children ages 11 and 9.
Husband and wife were both professionally successful with careers in the Seattle metropolitan area. Darush worked at WADOT as an Inspector for 15 years, helping to build the new 520 floating bridge while Nicole traveled the world as an International Program Manager at Amazon for 9 years. However, these accomplishments were not enough for the couple who had bigger dreams. They foresaw the beauty of a family business, closer to nature and the local community. In 2014 the couple decided to completely shift their focus to saffron farming. They established their company and branded it after their now 11 year old son Cyrus.
Seven years later and counting, the hot and dry climate in Eastern Washington has proven to provide the perfect environment for the saffron. The steadily growing business has found a presence at many famous places around the Puget Sound, including: The Herb Farm, Lola, the world famous Pike Place Market, Seattle Ballard Farmers Market, The Pink Door... just to name a few. In 2019 the family grew branches into Portland, where its saffron is featured in local shops and sold at the Portland University Farmers Market every Saturday.
The Seattle based headquarters was started by Darush Dolatabadi-Amiri in 2003 under the name Persian Saffron Imports. The saffron company quickly gained prestige through its ability to offer high-quality products. This led to an abundance of customer praise and recognition, contributing to the company's continued growth. Now known as Cyrus Saffron, the saffron spice is highly sought after by many fine restaurants and establishments around Puget Sound. With their high-quality saffron harvested annually in Eastern Washington, the family continues to expand nationally. They encourage saffron enthusiasts to purchase products through the website or on Amazon until they can be found at your local grocer. Along with the family, there are many seasonal helpers who come to the annually farm during the October/November harvest time.