Saffron Bonanza

Sujit Hart sujithart@gmail.com
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:41:55 PST
Will they grow in Houston, Texas?

Sujit
Houston, Texas

On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 3:28 PM, James Waddick <jwaddick@kc.rr.com> wrote:

> Dear PBSers,
>
>         On a dull, chill, windy - not nice day- in the 50s - i was finally
> moving piles of old weeds to the brush pile and happened by my small Crocus
> sativus, Saffron, patch.
> Even under the cloudy dullness of the day, the warm purple glow of bloom
> caught my eye. I quickly dragged the cart of debris to a mid-point, went
> indoors for a suitable container and soon picked the stamens off of about
> 40 open blooms.  By then my finger tips turned orange and the scent was in
> the air.
>
>         I’ll air dry these stamen indoors for a few days then pack in an
> air tight container. When the weather gets cooler a pinch of rich aromatic
> Saffron in a boiling pot of something good to eat will make my aching back
> a dim memory.
>
>         This extremely expensive spice is so easy to grow here. I’ll
> probably pick another 40 blooms worth before they are done and that will
> more than pay for the cost of the bulbs, although they have repaid their
> costs many times over. Not too many bulbs that can actually pay for
> themselves.
>
>         And I can still enjoy the flowers for a few days. What’s not to
> love about this easy crocus?            Anyone else grow and harvest their
> own?                 Best            Jim W.
>
>
>
> James Waddick
> 8871 NW Brostrom Rd
> Kansas City, MO 64152-2711
> USA
> Phone     816-746-1949
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