A Precious Harvest

Last October I harvested 21 threads of Crocus Stigma, aka saffron. I needed just 13,104 more threads to make an ounce. I’m hoping my bulbs will rapidly and magically multiply in time for this year’s harvest without me having to perform the ritual known as dig and divide, but I’m not holding my breath!
 

 

Images and content copyright © 2009-2011 Danielle R Limoge.

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  1. Very cool! i had no idea Saffron came from a type of crocus. Do you have to dry it then? How long is it good? Neat!

    • You do have to dry it but it only takes a few days. It is good up to 3 years, if kept in the dark, in an airtight container (buried in the backyard under constant surveillance hehehe), but like any herb it will begin to break down after a few months. It is best to keep the stigmas in thread form until you are ready to use them. Most recipes call for saffron to be crumbled then rehydrated.

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