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CROCUS SATIVUS ........ Saffron Crocus ... 2015

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Its that time of the year again when I eagerly dash out into the garden each morning hoping to see my Saffron crocus’s in flower ,the first ones were blooming this morning ..

The Saffron harvesting is done by collecting the plants stigmas or flowers ,either by scissors or hand , preferably at dawn before or just as the crocus opens.
If you harvest when the flower is already open the saffron may lose some of its distinctive taste .
Harvest can last several weeks from October through to November depending upon climate conditions .
Once you have finished harvesting you need to separate the orange/red stigmas from the flower and let them dry out thoroughly.
After they have dried out they can be kept for several years providing they are stored in an airtight jar ..

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice .It has a wonderful sweet ,earthy taste , can be used with either sweet or savoury dishes and is a popular spice for rice ..

Some Saffron stored in a jar from last years harvest …

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Very interesting to learn about saffron.

14 Oct, 2015

 

You must have about £100 worth or stigmas there. Don't make me envious! Bought some bulbs 2 years ago, to grow for the saffron, only was able to harvest from one plant. They have not done well at all.

14 Oct, 2015

 

Fascinating to read this. Saffron looks so attractive too. How lovely to harvest your own!

14 Oct, 2015

 

Wonderful Amy. I remember when you first planted them. Well worth the effort, super. I noticed my Colchicum autumnale were flowering too.

14 Oct, 2015

 

Wow......how interesting.

14 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Thanks all for your interest , I'm sorry to hear that Sue ,I grow mine on a raised bed approx. 15ft x 4ft and estimate I have a thousand plants every alternate year you can dig them up and then re plant the small bulbs which you will find growing on the parent bulb ,they like full sun in rich well drained soil , it has been worth it Dawn I'm pleased to hear your C.autumnales are blooming for you ...

15 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you for the information, your raised bed is about the size of my garden. (Bit of an exaggeration!). I think I only started with about 20.

15 Oct, 2015

 

what an informative blog, Amy

15 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Sue its getting a bit much for us we should be thinking of downsizing but can't bare to leave after putting so many years into this garden , thank you Paul its kind of you to say so :o)

15 Oct, 2015

 

Great to read about the Saffron Crocus, Amy!

In Spain it's a little cheaper than here in the UK. I saw in a shop they sold the corms very cheaply & could have got a 100 corms for very little money but I never did! :-(( They are used to make Paella yellow. But even being expensive in Spain a yellow colourant was often used instead.

When we make Paella here my wife uses Tumeric, which colours the rice so it looks very similar to Saffron, obviously it loses out on taste but as few people know the real taste of Paella made with Saffron they don't know what they are missing out on!

15 Oct, 2015

 

They certainly don't Balcony! I love the warm sweet taste of Saffron, its very special. And yes, very expensive. :) theres a recipe for a chicken dish in my Nigella Lawson 'Forever Summer' cookbook which uses saffron, and I make it when we have friends for supper. I love it!! :)) thats about the only time I buy saffron. Did you know that Saffron Walden in Essex used to be a centre for growing it in the 16-17th centuries, Hence the name. It needs sun and well drained soil.

15 Oct, 2015

 

That's a lot of plants Amy a good job you have such a large garden, what do you use your for?
I have only ever bought it once for a recipe, so I shall not be growing it lol......😌and anything that requires me to be up at Dawn is certainly not going to happen😜
Thanks for the information, most interesting, love the name Saffron Waldron K always fancied living there just because I loved the name lol😄😃

16 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Balcony I use to use Tumeric to give the yellow colour before growing my own as well ,Karen I must look that chicken recipe up I like the sound of that does the dish have a name ? I use it mainly in rice and paella dishes or any dish that calls for it Angela you can also use it to make Norfolk Saffron short cakes and to flavour potatoes I wouldn't do any of that if I had to buy it , we know of a lady who gave up her job to grow it on a large scale she sells it at farmers markets and is selling bags of flour flavored with it I haven't tried that ...I like Saffron Walden to and have spend weekends there its a lovely old place ... Angela I'll let you into a secret Tony is up before me he walks to the newsagents and then looks to see if any flowers are ready before I'm up Lol ...

16 Oct, 2015

 

lol...great confession Amy! yes, I'll look it up for you now...'Saffron Scented Chicken Pilaff' ...Enjoy, it's really yummy! :)

16 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Thanks karen it sounds yummy , can't stop I'm off to a horticultural quiz , fingers crossed we win :o)

16 Oct, 2015

 

:) I bet you will!

16 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

We won the quiz Karen and the cup we play against 5 other horticultural teams from surrounding villages & towns during the year also won a box of chocs in the draw ,it was our night :o))

17 Oct, 2015

 

Yay! Go Amy's team!! :))))

17 Oct, 2015

 

Well done Amy....certainly your lucky night!!

17 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Thanks both we will need to keep the pressure up next time ! Lol ...

17 Oct, 2015

 

I've just caught up with your blog Amy and I've really learned something. For a start I always thought that saffron came from the East (not sure why) secondly I had absolutely no idea you could grow the required Saffron Crocus in the UK. So all in all I found your blog facinating Amy. Congratulations on growing your own supply!

18 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Thank you Waddy ,As karen has said Saffron Waldon owed its wealth to growing Saffron , its not difficult to grow here under the right conditions but time consuming and to collect any amount you need a lot of plants ...

18 Oct, 2015

 

Ah well that let's me out then. I've got the time but lack the space.

18 Oct, 2015

 

I can't see myself up at dawn armed with scissors, lol, that is a lot of bulbs! Do you dig them up to get the bulblets or another reason?
I did know that about saffron but not what to do with it.
I have a jar in the cupboard that OH bought but it seemed wrong just to colour rice with it so I'll look for Nigella's recipe now that K has told us about it.
I've always thought SW looked to be a nice place to live & now I know how it got its name. Bishop's Stortford is another with an odd name that looks like a nice place too.

19 Oct, 2015

 

This beats the time when I first learned that milk came from a cow!

21 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

I've printed off the recipe Karen suggested Gf it looks delicious and has all my favorite nuts & spices I,m going to make it as soon as I buy some pine nuts I thought I had some but must have use them all .. Oh Loosestrife you would be surprised at how many youngsters today don't know where milk or eggs etc come from they did a survey about it I was shocked !

21 Oct, 2015

 

Very interesting to see the photos and learn a bit about Saffron. Thanks for sharing.

28 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Linda I'm glad you found it interesting :o)

28 Oct, 2015

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