It’s a meticulous harvest which forbids the use of a spade, let alone tractors.

Crouched deep within a field full of purple crocuses, groups of villagers come together every year for a back-breaking fortnight, harvesting saffron.

With great precision, and grubby fingernails, flowers containing the rare, precious spice are snapped away from the stems.

Within the purple petals lie two or three strands of saffron. These red threads are helping the villagers survive Greece’s economic calamity.