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Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Saffron, Spices | 11 comments

How to Grow Saffron

How to Grow Saffron

Welcome to my Spice Series! This is about How to Grow Saffron. Click here to learn more about saffron. Click here to see the rest of my Spice Series. Enjoy! How to Grow Saffron Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice.  It has beautiful golden-red threads and a pound of dried saffron goes for about $5,000, about 25 percent of the price of a pound of gold. Thankfully, saffron is sold by the gram. Saffron is collected from the stigma of one type of flower: the blue saffron crocus.  It is quite easy to understand why saffron is the most expensive spice in the world when you consider that it takes 80,000 crocus flowers and a quarter million dried stigmas to produce one pound of saffron! One of the things that make saffron so expensive is the labor involved in harvest and the sheer acreage needed to produce even a small amount. Approximately eighty thousand flowers, or a football field-sized patch, must be grown to produce just one pound. During...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Saffron, Spices, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Culinary Uses of Saffron

The Culinary Uses of Saffron

The Culinary Uses of Saffron This is a continuation of my Spice Series. Let’s talk about the culinary uses of saffron: Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice.  One pound of dried saffron goes for about $5,000, about 25 percent of the price of a pound of gold. Thankfully, saffron is sold by the gram. Saffron is collected from the stigma of one type of flower: the blue saffron crocus.  It is quite easy to understand why saffron is the most expensive spice in the world when you consider that it takes 80,000 crocus flowers and a quarter million dried stigmas to produce one pound of saffron! Because the stigmas must be picked as soon as the flowers open, an entire harvest is usually completed in a few around-the-clock days. There are two other spices/plants that many people use instead of saffron: turmeric and safflower. Both of these have been used to con saffron-buyers and have also simply been used in saffron’s place. Turmeric especially is often called “the...

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