Fabulous seeing what saffron flowers look like and learning more about this wonderful spice!
The spice of kings is saffron – a spice as expensive, or sometimes more so, than gold. The reason behind the high price is not its rarity, or a difficulty in growing the spice. It is entirely down to the laborious process of harvesting!
The saffron crocus (crocus sativus) is an autumn flowering perennial. The red “threads” (the stigmas and styles of the flower) will turn into the precious spice once dry. I’ve been growing saffron in my garden for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. Last year, none of the corms produced any flowers. This year has been much better! 🙂
One day last week, I was able to pick twelve flowers!! Saffron flowers emerge shortly after the leaves appear, sometime in October. The leaves persist until around May, when they dry out and the plants lie dormant over the summer. Saffron plants need free draining…
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