The Q&A Archives: Saffron

Question: I want to grow my own saffron spice - is there a plant?

Answer: Saffron comes from the dried stigmas (yellow threads in the center of the flower) of Crocus sativus. Don't get too excited, though - it takes 100,000 blossoms to produce one pound of saffron. The stigmas are collected at maturity and air dried, then stored in an airtight container to be used as a flavoring in foods. If you grow Crocus sativus, you can harvest your own saffron.

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