One more comment on the saffron theme. This is meant as an example of my (very dry) sense of humor. In a earlier post I commented on the disparity between the trading price of gold and the cost of saffron. It just occurred to me that maybe the widespread statement that saffron is worth its weight in gold is true after all. Why? Because most writers describe saffron as being the stigma (pl. stigmata) of the saffron crocus, where in fact it is really the style with the attached stigma. If you were to make saffron from only the stigmata, it probably would be worth more than its weight in gold! Jim McKenney Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I suspect that if I don't get off this saffron thread I'll be enthusiastically stigmatized by the group - when if fact they should be applauding me for my sense of "style".