Monday, December 1, 2014

More Saffron!

Today was an unseasonably warm day, and I came home to find a few more blooms in my new saffron bed in an otherwise wintry garden.

Saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) in the garden today

Also, since in my last saffron post I included an 18th-century Persian-language reference to the saffron crocus from India, here is another text about Crocus sativus and its cultivation from the same time period but a rather different cultural context, namely England:


Saffron culture appears to have been quite important in England during that time. The town of Saffron Walden even got its name from the pretty little spice plant.

2 comments:

  1. Precious saffron! Will you be harvesting the stigmas or leave them as they are?

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  2. This year I will leave them be since there are only a handful of flowers. Hopefully they will multiply as they should and next year there might be enough to make it worth harvesting them.

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