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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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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Fruit, Gardening, Herbs, Vegetables | 5 comments

Spring Garden Planning

Spring Garden Planning

   It’s time for Spring Garden Planning! **Anyone who loves gardening (like me) might get a tingle of excitement go up and down the spine just by saying this sentence out loud: “It’s time for Spring Garden Planning!” It’s true, too. Spring time is just around the corner, folks!  **Writing about Spring Garden Planning is a difficult thing, since we all live in different places in the world and Spring comes at different times for all of us, depending on our time zone and garden zone. For example, I used to live in Michigan. March is a bit early to think of Spring Garden Planning up there. If you think your region is not ready for Spring Garden Planning, you might want to check out my Early Spring Garden Planning post.  **I live in South Carolina now, however, and now is the time to get ready for Spring planting! This does not mean that it is necessarily too late to plant the plants I mention in my Early Spring...

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Paprika, Spices | 10 comments

The Culinary Uses of Paprika

The Culinary Uses of Paprika

This is a continuation of my Spice Series. Welcome to my information on the Culinary Uses of Paprika!   The Culinary Uses of Paprika **Paprika is my favorite spice, so this is an extra special entry for me. I love how paprika has a range of tastes from sweet to smoky to spicy to savory, all of which depends on how it was dried and prepared. **One of the reasons that paprika’s flavor can vary is because technically, any member of the ‘Capsicum annuum’ (pepper family) can be dried and ground into paprika (especially red peppers). Cayenne pepper is usually the name for spicy ground ‘Capsicum annuum’ while Paprika is the name for the other flavors. However, there are also official pepper plants that are most often used for paprika including: Alma Paprika, Hungarian Paprika, Dulce Rojo, Fehor Ozon, and Paprika Supreme. **Paprika is an important spice when used alone in recipes and it has also become one of the most consumed spice products in the world because of its’ importance in spice blends, including rubs, marinades, and seasoned...

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Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Black Peppercorns, Spices | 20 comments

How to Grow Black Peppercorns

How to Grow Black Peppercorns

This is a continuation of my Spice Series. Welcome to my information on Black Peppercorns.   **In ancient times, black pepper was considered the “King of Spices” and it was more valuable than gold. One’s social standing was even measured by how much black pepper was owned by the household. **One of the reasons it was so valuable was that Black peppercorns were a closely guarded secret by the Arab traders that traded them to the Western world. This increased the desire for the black pepper, so that in medieval times, some European countries even used it as a currency. **Today, it is possible to find black, green, white, and pink/red peppercorns in most grocery stores. These colors are from the same peppercorn: black ones are the dried immature fruit of the peppercorn plant; green peppercorns are the black ones immersed in boiling water; white pepper is the inner portion of the black peppercorns; and pink/red ones are ripened completely on the vine by turning from green to yellow to pinkish red.   This post is about How...

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