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.


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

  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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